Rev. Matt Carriker

Pastor and Spiritual Director at Agape

Matt is the founding Pastor of Agape and is enthusiastic about the co-creation of this new spiritual community rooted in unconditional, agape love. Matt is an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and an author, spiritual coach, and retreat leader. Matt has a passion for altering Christianity today into a spiritual tradition that models the unconditional love of God and the life and teachings of Jesus. Matt is currently finalizing a book entitled “Giving Christianity back to Agape Love.”

In addition to pastoring Agape, Matt co-facilitates confirmation retreats, youth retreats, and adult spiritual formation retreats through the Southern New England Conference UCC. Matt offers meditation and contemplative practice resources to the wider UCC, and also offers coaching and spiritual counseling to Pastors and seekers all over the country.

Matt recently published (in late 2022) his first book, “Giving Christianity Back to Agape Love: A New Paradigm for Being Church Together.”  More info about this book and Matt can be found here: 

Dawn Sorensen

Minister of Outreach and Intergenerational Programs at Agape

Dawn’s experience includes education at Andover Newton Theological School and Student Minister training at Edwards Church in Framingham, MA, where she has also served as deacon. Dawn brings experience in hospitality, engagement, and volunteer leadership from her long-standing role at Lowe’s.

In her own words: “I’m so excited to meet everyone at Agape Spiritual Community and to help spread the word about how Agape is sharing God’s love in Waltham and beyond.  I am excited to get out into the Waltham area and let everyone know about the great gifts and wide welcome Agape has to offer.”

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys travel with her family, hiking, and cooking.  One of her most recent delights was touring America’s Test Kitchen studios in Brookline.