Robert is a Christian and a Southern Baptist.
He serves at Hannibal-LaGrange University as Vice President of Academic Administration, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Theology and Preaching.
Dr. Matz came to HLGU from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he worked from 2011-2021 both in administration and as a faculty member.
In addition to academics, Robert’s greatest passion is for the local church. He was the lead pastor at Blue Hills Baptist Church, a restart of the oldest baptist church in the KC metro and previously served in churches in Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
From 2017-2018 he served the Southern Baptist Convention as a member of the Evangelism Task Force.
Robert received a Bachelors of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Liberty University. His dissertation offered a defense of the common Southern Baptist practice of baptizing children who repent of their sins and confess faith in Jesus Christ.
He is husband to Jessica and dad to two sons and a daughter.