Matt Ristuccia

Pastor Emeritus

During Matt’s freshman year at Princeton University, he trusted Christ and began to attend Stone Hill (then Westerly Road Church) the next spring (1972). It was about that time that Matt met another Princeton student who would one day become his wife. In 1985, after seven years of ministry with the Princeton Christian Fellowship (then Princeton Evangelical Fellowship), Matt became the Senior Pastor of Westerly Road Church. By God’s grace, having faithfully discharged God’s calling in this capacity for 35 years, Matt stepped down on July 31, 2020. With affection and honor, he has been named Pastor Emeritus.

Starting in September 2020, Matt’s focus is with a new mentoring ministry, Linden Grove, which seeks to grow a community of mature gospel-rooted servants and aspiring church leaders. On a more personal note, his hobbies include reading on the elliptical, watching birds, making bread, writing, and playing guitar. Karen and he have been blessed with two sons and daughters-in-law, two granddaughters and three grandsons. One of his favorite verses is 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power and love and self-control.”