"i used to be taller." - matt duren


Hey guys.  Thanks for your visit.  

I am a Worship Pastor at Eagles Landing First Baptist church in McDonough, Ga, just outside Atlanta.  When I'm not there, I enjoy laughing, touring the country, doing session work, teaching life group with my wife, and most importantly spending time with my Luisa and our four kids; Rebekah, David, Andrew, and Judah.  

A journey began for me as a senior in high school when I became a Christian.  Looking back, it seems like those first few years could be classed more as tripping than walking with God, but I'm so thankful for all I have learned and all of the opportunities He has given me.  "Worship God with everything he has given you to worship Him with." This has become my theme, my mission, and my encouragement to you.  Hope our paths cross sometime soon.  Much love - matt    




"Matt has a soft heart for Jesus and his writing and worship shows that.  Whether he's leading your church in worship or pouring into your leaders, Matt Duren will be a win for your church."  - MARK HALL (Casting Crowns)


“If you were just looking for someone who is incredibly talented to come to your church, Matt Duren would be a great choice. He is one of the best keyboardists I’ve ever heard and his voice is great and very soulful. But add to that a heart that is deeply passionate for God and His worship and glory and you have someone your church definitely needs to hear. I couldn’t recommend anyone more highly than Matt.”
- BILLY LORD (Pastor of Worship & Arts @ Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church)


"Matt Duren is not only my brother...he's truly one of the most talented people I know. With anointed songs and fresh musical ideas, you'll get a glimpse into all that God is doing in his life and also be challenged in your own walk with Christ."
- CLIFF DUREN (Dove Nominee / Music & Worship Minister, Brentwood Baptist Church @ Station Hill)


"Matt is an excellent worship leader and singer for any conference, retreat, or service.  Matt & Luisa are a Godly and gifted couple.  They led a Ministry Couples Retreat for our association and did a wonderful job."  - DR RAY GENTRY (Director of Ministries for Southside Baptist Network)


"Backstage worship is a wonderful team of worshipers who come to encourage and equip others to lead. Backstage worship is able to adapt to any style and size congregation. Our entire worship ministry, including the choir, praise team, instrumentalists and tech team, were strengthened as a result of this workshop."  - DANNY JAMES (Worship Pastor)


“It is my pleasure to recommend Matt and Luisa to your ministry. Matt is a talented musician which is obvious to anyone who has heard his work. However, his whole hearted commitment to Christ coupled with his desire to serve the body of Christ is what sets him apart and makes him a tremendous blessing to both our school and church. Matt has been very intentional about working with students beginning in elementary in an effort to encourage them to find their giftedness in music ministry and then use those talents for the glory of God. Matt and Luisa are a blessing to the ministry at Eagle’s Landing and I have no doubt that their training will produce the same results in other ministries.”  - CHUCK GILLAM, Ed.S.  (Head of School, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy)


I have had the joy of having Matt Duren lead a Backstage Worship event for our worship band and praise team. God used him and his team to teach our players and singers what their roll was in leading Worship on a weekly basis. We have used Matt and his praise band over the last couple of years to lead Worship in our Men's Conferences and other concert settings. Anointed   Worship!!! Looking forward to using them again.  - Rev. Donnie Compton (Worship Pastor)