Rabbi Matt Derrenbacher

Rabbi Matt moved from Rochester, NY to Louisville in 2014 after completing his undergraduate studies in Religious Studies. After moving to Louisville, Rabbi Matt completed a Master of Divinity at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary while working at The Temple as Senior Rabbinic Assistant. While working at The Temple, Rabbi Matt completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Louisville Hospital, in preparation for rabbinical school.

During his time at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Matt served as solo rabbi for a wide array of synagogues in Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as Senior Rabbinic Fellow for Hillel at Ohio University. During his summers at HUC and beyond, Rabbi Matt served as a Chaplain Candidate for the United States Air Force, providing Jewish services for Jewish Airmen and families and spiritual support for all Airmen. Over the past year, Rabbi Matt served as rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, MO, where he led services in both the Reform and Conservative traditions to meet the needs of the incredibly diverse Jewish community he served there.

Rabbi Matt has a deep passion for making experiences and education easily accessible and meaningful to all. He loves the challenge of relating anything and everything to the Jewish experience and cultivating deep joy in Jewish life.

Rabbi Matt is married to Brittany Derrenbacher and together they run a rescue for dogs with particularly challenging medical conditions, called Luna Bell’s Moonbows.

Rabbi Matt is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2021, followed by Rabbinic Ordination in 2023. He received a Master of Divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2017, where he focused on Hebrew Bible and biblical languages. His undergraduate career was spent at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where he majored in Religious Studies.