The king of the kitchen at RELC IS Matt Anderson. As Kitchen Coordinator since 2012, the personable Matt maintains the Resurrection Lutheran’s renovated kitchen for G.I.F.T Night and other special events.
“I love cooking. I’d own a restaurant, if it had better hours. So, this part-time position satisfies that desire,” notes Matt.
Matt is a full-time produce farmer, owner/operator of Melia Valley Gardens, north of Highway 6 on 234th street, while working part-time once or twice a week at RELC.
”I think of my job as family cook, but of course preparing meals to a much larger family,” Matt remarked. In the kitchen and at the farm, Matt has a food production history.
Growing crops runs in his blood. Raised on a small Plattsmouth homestead, Matt recalls “eating off our family’s big garden,” while chickens, pigs, horses and dairy cattle roamed the land.
Matt earned a Natural Resource Degree from University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1981. From there, he worked in Mead for UNL in Animal Research managing the swine facility, a respected position.
Married in 1981 to his high school sweetheart wife Linda, the couple’s kids are grown and accomplished. Michelle is a Pharmacist in Iowa City, while son Jess attends Creighton Pharmacy School.
Matt is a big believer in selling fresh, locally-grown produce to support the local economy. You can buy Matt’s tomatoes, onions, cucumbers & other nutritious eats at two metro-area farmer’s markets. Visit him at Omaha Farmer’s Market downtown on Saturday’s from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or at Aksarben Village on Sunday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., season permitting.
Fellowship is important to Matt on the farm and at RELC. He joined the Church in 2001 for a specific purpose. “My wife and I left a large Omaha place of worship for Gretna Resurrection. Here, it is a community AND a family. We watch people grow from babies to adults. We like that there’s no cliques here. It’s just one big family. “
A jack of many trades, Matt also handles Church snow removal as needed.