Senior Pastor Matt Petty

About Pastor Matt


After a church-wide member vote on July 14, 2019, Matt Petty was elected as the Senior Pastor of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. His predecessor, Mike Stephens, retired in May 2019 after 32 years of faithful service.

Pastor Matt's first Sunday to preach as Senior Pastor will be August 4.

Matt Petty has been leading church ministries since 1997 and has seen thousands of students and adults give their lives to Jesus and begin to serve God. Matt joined the Pastoral team of Burnt Hickory in July of 2001 as the Student Pastor.

For 18 years Matt has given leadership to the RADIATE students and staff team that walks with middle school, high school, and college-aged students here at Burnt Hickory. Matt has been a key leader in student ministry here in this community as well as in the state of Georgia and nation. His love of the next generation has been on display consistently within and outside the walls of Burnt Hickory.

Matt is a native of Cobb county, and one of his desires as Senior Pastor is to see all people of his home in West Cobb and Paulding County know Jesus, serve Jesus, and for the church to be a place a love and healing that Burnt Hickory has been since it’s beginning. 

Matt is married to his college love, Melissa, and has two boys Blake and Dalton. If not doing ministry at BHBC, you can usually find the Petty family on a sports field somewhere in Georgia or enjoying all things outdoors. Matt has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of West Georgia in Business Finance, and Masters from Liberty University in Theology.

Below is an excerpt from the recommendation announcement video featuring Pastor Matt.