Matthew serves as the thirteenth Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey – a parish focused on transformative relationships for children, youth and adults through educational and spiritual growth opportunities. A canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, he has ministered with congregations in Connecticut, Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama. His specialty is walking with and building up congregations of hope and hospitality with his gifts of pastoral care, and liturgical renewal embracing worship, music and the Arts.
Matthew draws people into greater spiritual maturity in educational offerings and deeper discipleship through ecumenical and interfaith dialogue as well as outreach ministries for all generations across our community. After eighteen years as an Episcopal priest, Matthew values the privilege of walking with people in their lives while they meet the demands and twists of everyday life. During his tenure over the almost eight years, Matthew has raised over $10.4 million in capital funds, and restored all five buildings of a 4.3 acre church campus to meet the future.
A native of Mississippi, Matthew has spent many years living, traveling and studying throughout Great Britain, and inaugurated the annual Berkeley-Yale pilgrimage series to enable clergy and laity alike to experience the spiritual as well as cultural roots of their Christian traditions. This pilgrimage ministry continues today through retreats and pilgrimages at home and abroad to the Holy Land, Europe and South Africa, with specific emphasis on the Anglican Communion’s heart at Canterbury Cathedral. Canon Corkern serves the Chair of the American Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, and served 7.5 years as the Chaplain to the Vergers Guild of North America. On a diocesan level, Matthew serves on the Bishop’s Fund Development Committee, the Newark HR Taskforce, and the Cathedral Chapter of Trinity & St Philip’s Cathedral. While a committed historian and writer, he enjoys running, reading and traveling to new and far away places at every opportunity.