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Rev. Matthew “Matt” J. Hearn

February 15, 2021
The Reverend Matthew “Matt” Jerry Hearn, 47, of Pooler, Georgia and husband of Lori Ann Rawling Hearn, died Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, at his home with his wife of almost 23 years at his side.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, he was a son of Stephen Mark Hearn and Gail Cosby Westberg. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from Asbury University and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was a former Youth Director at Wauchula United Methodist Church in Wauchula, Florida and later served as the Bible teacher at Calvary Christian School and as Youth Director at Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia. Matt was a former Associate Pastor at White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah and was the Founding and Senior Pastor at Gateway Church. He was known for his quick wit, for always being direct, and his ability to make people smile. Matt will be remembered most for his love of telling people about Jesus and his love for his family and his friends. He enjoyed traveling, being competitive in sports, and the UGA Bulldogs.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Joan Cosby and Marie Hearn, and his father-in-law, James Harvey Rawling.

Survivors include his wife, Lori Ann Rawling Hearn; one daughter, Emma Caroline Hearn; one son, Jackson "Jack" Price Hearn; his mother, Gail Cosby Westberg; his father, Stephen Mark Hearn and his wife, Ginger; two sisters, Heather Kirkbride and her husband, Scott, and Courtney Hearn; three brothers, Rich Hearn and his wife, Melissa, Steve Hearn and his wife, Taryn, and J. D. Hearn; his mother-in-law, Janet Rawling; his sister-in-law, Tracey Kennedy and her husband, Mike, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service at Indian Springs Holiness Camp will be held in the spring at a time and date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Gateway Church – 1702 Pine Barren Road, Bloomingdale, Georgia 31302-9318 or Indian Springs Holiness Camp – c/o Post Office Box 1742, Mableton, Georgia 30126-1012.

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