We brought Equip Ministries in to share a message regarding the dangers of drugs and the best way to overcome addiction through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a message we believe is sorely needed by our youth and adults today. Matt Kelley has spoken to our students, faculty, and to my church for the last 6 years. His personal experience, overcome by God's grace, was clearly communicated by his real life metaphors. His vivid illustrations leave a lasting impression on his audience. I highly recommend Equip Ministries to all audiances and can attest to the effectiveness of their message.
- Russ Brown, Administrator/Coach, Sparta Academy
Equip Ministries Inc. has my wholehearted support for the work carried out by Mr. Matt Kelley and the ministry. Matt is committed to his exceptional efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of students today that are dealing with substance use and abuse. I have personally worked with Equip Ministries over the last six years and have had the privilege of witnessing the dedication, passion and effectiveness of this outreach with students in our schools as well as schools under my previous supervision.
Equip has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to the well-being of students while working tirelessly to encourage them to make good choices. The ministry advocates for creating a safe and supportive environment for those struggling with substance-related issues tied to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs. The approach is to provide students with compassionate and evidence-based solutions based upon personal experiences that led to a life of sobriety. Founder, Matt Kelley has the unique ability to use this platform to connect with students on a personal level. He has a unique gift for establishing trust and understanding which is critical when dealing with students on the sensitive topic of substance abuse. Equip's mission has helped many students find hope, healing and a pathway forward to recovery.
The varied presentations always connects with our students through experiences from hunting and fishing whereby they describe how a turkey gets tricked with a turkey call or a duck call lures the mallard into the hunter’s trap just like drugs and alcohol produce similar traps for students today. Equip Ministries is an advocate for prevention and awareness that has without a doubt saved lives of teenagers today struggling to overcome addiction. I would encourage any administrator seeking to impact the lives of their students with a positive message in the area of substance use and abuse to reach out to Matt Kelley and Equip Ministries to share their story at their school. I am providing my highest personal recommendation to the work that Equip is carrying out in this critically needed area.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions or require additional information regarding my experience coordinating programming opportunities for students in our schools on behalf of Equip Ministries. These presentations each fall have become a regular part of our district’s Red Ribbon Week campaign.
Assistant Superintendent of Education
Chambers County School District
1298 Vocational Drive
LaFayette, AL 36862
Phone (334) 864-9343
We had Matthew Kelley from Equip Ministries as our guest speaker for our Wild Game Supper. His powerful message and approach could not have been more perfect for our event. He used the truth and power of God’s Word along with his expertise of the great outdoors in a remarkable way. Matthew easily related the truth of the Bible through hunting and fishing experiences to bring home the truth of God’s word in a clear and applicable way. I would highly recommend Matthew Kelley and Equip Ministries for your Wild Game Supper.
Drew Dockery- Associate Pastor: Valley View Baptist Church; Tuscaloosa, AL