Matt Stolhandske is a hyperpolyglot working at the intersection of finance, technology, venture capital, economic development and social impact. He believes in the absolute authority of the Gospel to redeem humanity and, as a tool thereof, the innate power of markets and social enterprise to fight poverty and injustice. He is a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group (Digital Ventures), a fellow of MIT's Urban Risk Lab, and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum. He co-founded Recupera Chile, an economic recovery non-profit. He is also the co-founder of Sinapis, a Christian non-profit organization that provides Gospel-focused training, consulting, mentorship and funding to start-up stage, small and medium enterprises in east Africa.
Matt was formerly a doctoral student at Oxford University studying political/economic sociology, and holds a Master of Public Administration in Political and Economic Development from Harvard, a graduate certificate of Christian Education from Redeemer Seminary, and both a Master of Public Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from UT Austin. He began working for McKinsey & Company in Dallas, Texas after finishing his first Masters degree and has been heavily involved in tech, energy and disaster recovery/risk management throughout the rest of his career.
Having been involved with GCN for several years before I joined the board, I was beginning to feel the pinch of exclusivity associated with the term "gay" in the title, even though it is the term that I use to describe my own sexuality. The very thing we do best at Q Christian Fellowship is to build and maintain communities that support each other through some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of our lives.
Q broadens that tent and welcomes all people to share in those moments and to sit and be fed at our community table. The letter Q represents these values in two ways to me. First, it is the second LEAST used letter in our alphabet. Like our community, it is unique and beautiful with a rich history that ties back to many ancient peoples and cultures (in the case of the letter, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and others all had a particular place and use for it). Secondly, and most importantly, the letter Q is, with few exceptions in English, always followed by the letter U. That is the most important part of this name change for me; no matter who you are, what you look like, how old you are, how you identify or where you are in your faith journey, Q needs U.