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"We need to move from being men of good intentions to being men of action"

When you hear Matt Hammitt speak, you are immediately encouraged by his transparency and vulnerability as he shares about the events in his life and steps he has taken to become a man of action.  Matt has a passion for helping men become better leaders, for families to strengthen marriages and for fathers to be visible spiritual leaders for their family. 

While at the top of his success as a recording artist with the band Sanctus Real, traveling the world, winning awards and impacting culture, there was a major area of his life that was not flourishing:  his marriage to Sarah.  She needed Matt to be the leader for their family and to be present.  Out of many hard conversations and prayer, the song "Lead Me" was written and over the years has helped millions of men and families begin the journey towards reconciliation, redemption and purposeful leadership.    

"Have you ever seen a garden that was once lush with plants and flowers become overgrown by weeds that over time suffocated it's beauty? 'Where is the gardener' one may ask.  In the garden of love and marriage, it's YOU.  You can't just expect your marriage to take care of itself.  God has given you the responsibility to vigilantly care for your marriage in this way and He is there to help." - Matt Hammitt

Topics that Matt speaks on include:  men's leadership, marriage, family, becoming spiritual leaders and work/life balance.

Lead me live

LEAD ME LIVE is a weekend conference/event with speakers, music, worship and video that encourages and equips men to take new steps toward being better husbands, fathers and leaders in their homes and communities.  The goal of the weekend is to begin the journey from being  men of good intentions to men of 'action' as spiritual leaders.  Curriculum & workbooks included.

4 Sessions: Lead Me/Life In The Garden/Life In The Field/Step Into The Light/Call To Action

Lunch Provided/Small Group Interaction


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by Matt Hammitt

Stepping out with his first solo album on FCM Records, Matt opens with “Heaven Knows” which chronicles his decision to step down from Sanctus Real.  The songs “Could’ve Been”, “Tears” and “Footprints” wrestle with themes of choices, life-events and circumstances that can challenge our beliefs, cause us to rethink our life-trajectory and still remind us of the hope that all is not lost and new beginnings are waiting for anyone.  The album comes full-circle with the songs “Lead Me” which has been re-imagined with an all-new arrangement and the closer “Life Is Good” which celebrates victories and faith in each other and in God. 


 "I Couldn't Love You More" written by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt

"I Couldn't Love You More" written by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt

I Couldn't Love You More tells a sweet, loving, yet powerful message:  I couldn't love you more, but there is someone who does.  Through the unique relationship of adorable animals, the book shares that Christ is always with you and He loves you more than you can imagine. 

This engaging picture book combines lovable and irresistible images with the lyrics from the song (Co-written by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt).  When Matt and his wife Sarah were halfway through her pregnancy with their son Bowen, they discovered he would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare congenital defect.  Bowen was born on 9/9/10 and received a huge following through the Hammitt's blog (, K-LOVE, and ABC News.  A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the foundation Matt & Sarah have started to help parents with children who have this heart condition. 




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Sometimes great success brings greater challenges.  For twenty years, Ohio native, Matt Hammitt, was the lead singer and songwriter for Dove Award-winning two time Grammy-nominated band Sanctus Real. During that time, the band released eight albums under Sparrow Records, toured internationally and released 14 Top 5 and #1 singles to Christian radio, making the band a household name among Christian music fans worldwide.

Authored by Matt, Sanctus Real's most recognized hit, “Lead Me,” has resonated with men, women, and families all over the world. However, what most people don't recognize, is the great irony behind the song itself. "Lead Me," the very song that catapulted the band to the heights of their success, was also the song that would play a major part in Matt's twenty-year career as their front-man coming to an end. As crowds of thousands echoed the words "Don't want to leave them hungry for love, chasing things that I could give up" Matt was deeply convicted that it was time for him to start singing those words less and living them more. Matt made the difficult decision to step away from the band. In February, 2016, Matt played his final show with Sanctus Real. 

The emotions behind Matt's decision to leave his former band is penned into the opening track of his self-titled album, "Heaven Knows." Throughout the album, Matt takes on the difficulties of stepping out of a familiar and comfortable place to follow Jesus, who often calls us to do difficult things for our ultimate good. Blind trust, or simply put, faith, is a thread that's woven throughout all ten tracks of Matt's new album. 

Matt has been married to his wife Sarah for sixteen years, and together they have four children. Birthed from his own struggles, one of Matt's greatest passions has become ministering to broken families. In 2010, Matt's son, Bowen, was born with a rare and severe heart disease. Through the pain of caring for a sick child, Matt and Sarah faced some very difficult years of marriage. Out of their experience, Matt and Sarah, started two organizations that mister to families today. Whole Hearts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial, emotional and spiritual support for families of children living with pediatric heart disease. In 2016, Matt and Sarah also launched "Lead Me Live" men's conferences, aimed at encouraging and equipping men to become great spiritual leaders in their home. 

In 2016, Matt partnered with Full Circle Music and producer Seth Mosley to begin work on a new album which is slated to release in November 2017. “Tears”, the first radio single, broke into the Billboard Christian Airplay Top 50 chart within two weeks of its debut. His current single, “He Always Wins” is a worship anthem that is quickly being sung in churches around the globe. Additionally, Matt is writing a book about the themes of Lead Me and will release in late 2018.  




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