My Story

Growing up on a pig farm in Southwest Ohio, I have often laughed about the irony of my personal, professional, and academic interests—creating and teaching about interfaith relationships and the intersection of religion and food. Following a short-lived career as a high school social studies teacher, I went to seminary in New York City to learn how to organize faith communities and advocate for issues of justice and food access. Having spent 10+ years engaged in interfaith work and activism, I bring my own practical experience and knowledge to the classroom while emphasizing service-learning components in my classes.

Additionally, thanks to a fellowship in graduate school, I spent a good deal of time studying Islam in Indonesia. Within local faith and activist communities in Asheville and in the classroom, I often find myself helping to “translate” this often-misunderstood tradition to students and colleagues alike. Lastly, connected to my role as the Associate Director for Interfaith Initiatives at Warren Wilson, I am an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


  • B.A. in International Studies & Political Science, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
  • Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) with a focus on Interreligious Engagement, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • Master's of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) with a focus on Lutheran Studies and Interfaith Engagement, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Research Interests

  • Interfaith and Interreligious Studies
  • Modern US Religious Communities & Religious Hybridity
  • Religion and Food Studies

Courses Taught

  • REL 2130: Religion and Environmental Justice
  • REL 1200: Introduction to Interfaith Leadership
  • REL 2970: Food and Religion

Crews and Other Activities

  • Co-Supervise the Spiritual Life Crew
  • Service-learning with Root Cause Farm and Bounty & Soul
  • Collaboration and Partnerships with the Interfaith Youth Core

Contact Matthew Hoffman

(828) 771-3062
Boon Hall 109
CPO 6263
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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