Matthew Vanover

Matthew Vanover

Director of Music Ministries; Exec. Dir., Immanuel School of Music

Having been raised in the church and active in music making, Matthew sensed his calling into music ministry at an early age. Matthew is passionate about leading traditional worship and music that is sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Matthew thrives on helping people discover, develop and employ their musical giftedness in service to the Lord.

Matthew lives in Florence with his wife, Jessica, and son, Charles. Jessica is the Sonshine Preschool music teacher and frequently shares in worship as a pianist, choir member and soloist. The Vanovers relocated to northern Kentucky in 2016 after having been born and raised in the western KY tristate region.

Before joining the leadership team at Immanuel, he served for seven years as Dir. of Music Ministries at First UMC in Henderson, KY. Other held posts include Adjunct Professor of Organ at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY and Director of Music at St. John’s UCC in Boonville, IN.


Favorite Bible Passage: Romans 15:1-13
Favorite Music: Handel’s Messiah
Favorite Movies: James Bond films
Hobbies: photography, cooking and all things airplanes and space