Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Master of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
Master of Arts, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego
Bachelor of Arts, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego
Professional Experience: Michael Mata serves as the Associate Pastor for Community Affairs at Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene and is the former Coordinator for World Vision's church-based community and congregational development efforts in Los Angeles. He was involved in the rebuilding after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, helping to organize African-American, Latino, and Korean evangelical leadership. Michael serves on the boards and advisory councils of many Southern California community-based ecumenical and non-profit development organizations and has gained recognition in the community as a consummate crafter of coalitions.