Matthew Maher

Travels from New jersey

Wow . . . that is how you describe Matthew's presentation to high school students. If you are looking for an impact - look to Matthew Maher as your next speaker.  

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Matthew Maher is a 2007 graduate of Temple University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies. He is also a former professional soccer player, playing on teams in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Philadelphia respectively.

Matthew's journey is a cautionary tale of success and failure, redemption and forgiveness. His story previously entitled, "I'm That Guy" has been presented to high schools and colleges around the country. His once admirable life was derailed by a subsequent bad decision that landed him in N.J. State prison where he served four years and seven months, and was released August 2014.

His powerful “Decisions Determine Destiny” assembly has been presented to over 50,000 high school and college students a year for the past 3 years.  In addition, he has addressed close to 60,000 people in faith-based speaking engagements held in various venues around the country.  Matthew's message resonates well with all ages and audiences. 

He is available to deliver uniquely catered messages of integrity and accountability upon request and has had rave reviews from such diverse groups as "Every 15 Minutes in Concord, California," "The New Jersey Jail Wardens Training Conference," "The Maryland Correctional Administrators Association Annual Conference," and various Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center (IDRC) programs.

Matthew is the author of the newly released book "Imprisoned by Peace: a View Apart" as well as "U MAY B THE ONLY BIBLE SOMEBODY READS: R U LEGIBLE?" He serves as the Teaching Pastor at Coastal Christian Ocean City and he is the President of Soldiers For Faith Ministries. He is also a columnist for the Cape May County Herald Newspaper. Matthew and his beautiful wife, Sarah, reside in Ocean City, NJ.


Speaking Topics

Redemption(Faith Based Audience)

From the height of success to the depths of sorrow--this is one of the most compelling and riveting testimonies that will inspire your faith and stir your soul. The message of remorse and accountability leading to redemption, and overcoming adversity through conviction and faith in action, resonates with all audiences--both young and old.  Maher's story exemplifies how greater purpose can prevail when we allow God to work in the midst of great tragedy.

Decisions Determine Destiny

This is one of the most compelling and sought-after presentations geared specifically for high school and college students. Maher leverages his own story of success as a professional athlete--which led to a fatal decision that upended many lives and landed him in state prison for close to five years--to influence the actions and attitudes of his audience. The resounding comment from administrators is that you could hear a pin drop during the assembly; and the feedback from the students is that it is a life-changing message. Matthew Maher's "Decision Determines Destiny" assembly program is a transparent message that is effectively impacting youth in making positive decisions.

When you give someone hope, you give them a future.
— Matthew Mahler