I am Matthew Laferty, a missionary. I have been called by God to go into the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through teaching and preaching, engaging in works of justice and mercy. I’m an ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church.
I moved to Europe in 2011 shortly after I finished my theological training at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. I was sent to Moscow, Russia, to work as the chaplain of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy, an English-speaking interdenominational congregation in Moscow, and serve as the executive director of MPC Social Services. My work in Moscow focused on immigration issues, assisting people who were trafficked for sex slavery, asylum-seekers leaving war zones, and people caught up in scams who ended up stuck in Moscow.
I now live in Vienna, Austria, having moved in August 2015, where I serve as the pastor of the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna. Our congregation was started in 1978 to serve the growing foreign population in Vienna. We are a congregation in city along the refugee routes from the Middle East to Germany and northern Europe. I also serve as a representative of The United Methodist Church to the United Nations Office at Vienna.
In 2016 I was appointed to the United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order, the 16-member denomination-wide authority on matters of doctrine and faith.
I love ecumenical and interreligious engagement, good food and drink, travelling especially in Eastern and Central Europe, and audiobooks. I also love my dog Killian, a Muscovite, who now resides with my family in the U.S.