Researcher and minister Mark Matlock (Photos courtesy of Ocean City Tabernacle)

The Ocean City Tabernacle welcomes Mark Matlock of the Barna Research Group to speak at the 8:30 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Matlock is an ordained minister, a facilitator of innovation and impact, and a regular presenter and workshop facilitator for Barna.

He is the founder of WisdomWorks LLC, a consultancy helping churches and faith-based organizations leverage their collective wisdom and insight to innovate and adapt in changing times.

Matlock also has been an advisor to organizations such as the Seed Company, Youth Specialties, and Brotherhood Mutual. He is the author of more than 20 books for teens and parents and in 2019 co-authored Faith for Exiles: Five Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon with Barna Group President David Kinnaman.

Having initiated many research projects with Barna over the last two decades related to Next Gen studies, Matlock’s research continues to provide insights into emerging generations and how to cultivate faithful disciples.

Singer-songwriter Paul Baloche

Also returning to the Tabernacle on Aug. 14 will be contemporary hymn and songwriter, recording artist and worship leader Paul Baloche.

A three-time Dove Award winner, Baloche fills the stage with energy and passion grounded in the truth of God’s Word, according to a Tabernacle news release. He will be accompanied by a full band led by New Jersey’s own Dave Pettigrew.

The free concert begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. for first-come, first-served seating and a hymn sing at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule of speakers, concerts, programs and events at the Ocean City Tabernacle, visit The Tabernacle is located 550 Wesley Ave.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.