Travels from Columbus, Ohio
Dan DeMatte is a motivational speaker who has realized that there is truly no dream worth living for other than the dream of heaven. He preaches the GOOD News, not the mediocre news, or the ‘I-hope-this-isn’t-too-big-of-an-inconvenience’ news. Dan knows that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only message worth living for, and worth dying for!
“Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect” Matthew 5:48
Jesus did not call His followers to strive for mediocrity; He didn’t ask them to give up some of their major sins and follow Him if it wasn’t too big of an inconvenience. Jesus Christ called all men and women to follow Him, and to do so radically – giving up everything, putting everything on the line!! Dan DeMatte, a slave to His Master Jesus Christ, serves in like manner, calling men and women of today to a radical holiness – A holiness that produces saints, not mere mediocre Catholics.
Dan witnessed to his radical lifestyle when he starred on A&E’s hit reality TV show, God or the Girl. The show captured Dan’s intense discernment process between the priesthood and the married life, along with three other men. In his discernment, Dan carried an 80lb cross on a 22 mile pilgrimage in order to better unite himself to the cross of Christ – the center of all vocations and the core of the Christian life. After discerning his call for three years, he heard the Lord calling him to the married life – God through the Girl as he puts it. Dan is happily married to Amber Marie and together they have three beautiful children: Sophia Therese, Giovanni Francis and Gemma Therese.
As a speaker and evangelist, Dan is very engaging, and gets the audience involved. His goal is to encourage all people to reject Sin and Satan, and to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a fearless and radical way. He believes that every person is called to be a saint. He believes that this world is in need of an intense renewal. He believes that the renewal begins with you!
Dan’s ministry and speaking goal is to start an intense renewal within the United States. He believes that we do NOT have a vocations crisis or a morality crisis right now in America, but rather, we have a Holiness Crisis! What the world needs right now more than anything is more saints. Dan DeMatte works along side of His Master Jesus Christ in bringing about a spiritual revolution – A HOLINESS REVOLUTION. It is time that we lose ourselves, and take on the image of Christ!
Dan’s Ministry Experience: Dan’s ministry experience is extensive. He served as a missionary for one year with NET Ministries. After NET, he returned to his home town of Columbus, Ohio and helped to form a dynamic college ministry at Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican University that is still striving today. While in college working towards degrees in Theology and Philosophy at Ohio Dominican University, Dan became a youth minister and quickly formed a powerful army of disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ. In 5 short years, Dan’s youth ministry programs have ministered to thousands of teens in the Columbus area. As he continues to serve the Lord as a youth minister in Columbus, he is also the program director and co-founder for two huge youth movements, Jesus Jams and Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Jesus Jams is a monthly youth movement that pulls over 500 teens each month. The focus of Jesus Jams is radical discipleship and vocational discernment. Catholic Youth Summer Camp is a high adventure youth camp aimed at drawling young people into the adventure of the Catholic faith. He has also spoken at a number of Diocesan Youth Rallies, and has led a great number of parish and school retreats, and done many different national speaking events.
Dan’s Main Speaking Topics
The Revolution of Holiness! This is not only a talk – it is a movement! This presentation will draw young people into the newest Catholic movement across America – The Revolution of Holiness. This revolution is about seeking holiness and seeking mission for the Kingdom of God. Every one of your teens will want to flee from sin and take action in their church, school, and community! This presentation is loaded with professional video clips, innovative ideas, and incredible inspiration!
The Rebel Jesus – One of the greatest problems in the world today is that people worship a false image of Jesus Christ. Jesus is viewed by many to be a peaceful hippy wanting to spread the ‘doctrine of niceness and tolerance’ to the world. This is not the Jesus Christians are called to worship! Jesus was ultimately a rebel who suffered and died for us! This talk is the basic Gospel message of the suffering and death of Jesus and the redemption of all people – but such that you have never heard it before! This talk is all about making your teens fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ!
Prayer DARE: It has been said that prayer is a dangerous thing because it is an encounter with the living God. Why is it that people don’t prayer? It is because they know that when they pray, God is going to call them to conversion – and they are scared of conversion. The purpose of prayer is change – to change us, not to change God. This talk is aimed at motivating your audience to begin an active daily prayer life that will change their lives, and change the world! Invite your audience to this intense mission of prayer, if you dare.
Called To Greatness: Discovering God’s Will for your Life – This talk dives into the amazing call that God gives to all of us, the call to be saints! It will motivate youth to strive for holiness and to do something amazing with their lives. This talk will motivate youth to discern the Religious Life and the Priesthood and it will bring them closer to Jesus in the Eucharist, and it will leave them starving to begin a daily prayer life! This talk is interactive and uses multi-media clips from God or the Girl.
Take Courage and Be A Man (Men’s Talk): This talk is designed to help build boys into men of God. It confronts head on the sins that all young men struggle within their purity, language, and action. It untwists the lies of machoism and American feminism. It paints the picture of a Christian man as a man of virtue, action, purity, and leadership. Men’s hearts will be changed and they will eagerly desire to be a man of God, not a man of this world. A woman’s talk from Dan’s wife, Amber Marie, can accompany this talk. The title of the talk is ‘Finding Love’
Dan’s Day-Long Retreats:
Soldiers of Christ (Confirmation): This retreat is geared towards teaching the true meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation. It aims at teaching young people that Confirmation is a Sacrament of Strengthening that commissions Christians to spread and defend the Kingdom of God. The retreat focuses on two main teachings: What the Sacrament of Confirmation really is and How to live as a Soldier of Christ.
The NEW Sexual Revolution (Theology of the Body): Using the radical teachings of John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body this retreat aims at teaching youth the true meaning of love and human sexuality. The retreat strives to break the chains of Satan’s lies and deceptions with regard to human sexuality and brings youth people into the freedom of authentic life and love. It answers these fundamental questions: What does it mean to be human? What is true freedom? What is true love? What is the true purpose of sex?
The Kingdom of God: This retreat is based on the many Kingdom of God parables in the Gospel of Matthew. It brings people in touch with the King Himself and trains them to serve and build His Kingdom.
Holiness Revolution Leadership Retreat: Youth driven youth ministry is much more effective than adult driven youth ministry. If you want your ministry to grow and flourish – use the youth! This retreat is designed to equip your teens with the Christian leadership skills they need in order to truly start a revolution of holiness in your parish!
Holiness Revolution Evangelization Retreat: Evangelization isn’t just a word for protestants. Every baptized Catholic is call to evangelize. This retreat calls your youth into the mission of evangelization and equips them with a number of tools as to how to evangelize.
Holiness Revolution Social Justice Retreat: At the heart of the Holiness Revolution is bringing about a change to this world. This retreat is designed to call youth to radical conversion and radical action. This world should look like the kingdom of God and we are the ones that help this happen. This retreat looks at the pro-life movement, care for the poor and needy, world hunger, and evangelization.
All of the above talks and retreats can be modified to fit the specific needs of your audience.