Matt Cox, Elder
I was born and raised a Henry county farm boy, on the family farm near New Lisbon, Indiana. My older brother continues to farm hundreds of acres to this day. The most important lessons of life came from my dad on that farm growing up. My mom and dad were wonderful Christian parents. I heard God calling me as far back as I can remember, however it wasn't till I was 22 years old, on April 3, 1982, that I accepted Christ and was baptized. Later that year in December, I made the next greatest decision of my life, and that was to marry my wife, Jo. I couldn’t have asked for a better Godly wife and mother to our kids. We have been married 33 years. We have three daughters, three sons-in-law and five grandkids. All of them attend here at Cadiz Christian Church. They are truly one of my greatest blessings. We have attended Cadiz for 25 years, after moving here and becoming members in 1992. I was a high school math teacher at Shenandoah High School for 15 years as well as the head football coach for 10 years. I enjoyed coaching football as much as anything I’ve ever done. Many of those young men are good friends to this day.
Obviously there have been many ups and downs in my Christian life, including my drug addiction. That addiction could've taken my life and did cost me my teaching career. Even though during my addiction I continued to attend church, I pretty much stayed on the sidelines. I tried to hide my addiction and depression from everyone. After finally hitting rock bottom in 2006, I surrendered all to God. He rescued me from that addiction nearly 11 years ago. I rededicated my life to Christ with a greater purpose in life to help others defeat whatever demon they’re facing. My family and I are willing to talk openly about my past to anyone in order help others.
I love the Cadiz Christian Church family. Since the first time I walked into that little white church in downtown Cadiz (twenty five years ago) God has and continues to bless this church. I look forward to attending and serving here until God calls me home. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.