Christian W. Messemer

Christian W. Messemer
Christian W. MessemerScholarship Expert

About Me

Degrees & Certifications

  • Ph.D, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2020
  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2010
  • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, The University of Tennessee, May 2002


  • “A Shift Toward Total Compensation: A Pastor’s Primer,” Guidestone Financial Services (May 2017).
I have been married for sixteen years to Matia, my co-laborer. She is a Human Resources professional, who inspires me and encourages my entrepreneurial pursuits. She brings a different skill set to college planning, focusing on resumes, interviewing, internships, and mentors. You will have the opportunity to hear from her in both The College Journey and The Scholarship Journey workshops.

We have two children: Anna (nine) and AJ (six).

A native Tennessean and former financial planner, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas with my wife Matia in 2007 in order to pursue theological training that would prepare me for full-time vocational ministry. A Master of Divinity degree turned into the pursuit of a Ph.D., which I completed in May 2020. Finding funding sources for two advanced degrees led to the development of The Scholarship Journey and passion for college planning.

Thirteen years later, Texas is now home. Instead of changing the world by entering academia, I decided to impact society by equipping families with strategies they can use to pursue a debt-free degree.

I have a passion for personal finance and theology. I am particularly excited when I get to integrate the two, and most happy when I get to speak and teach individuals how to properly steward the resources God has entrusted to them. I serve as a financial coach in my church, where I focus on premarital financial counseling.

I’m also a foodie. Few things are better than a great meal with family and friends. Aside from going out for copious amounts of sushi, I prefer eating at home and cooking from scratch. I’m a kombucha enthusiast and have at least four gallons brewing at all times.

When it comes to sports, I’m college football or bust. And, if I am really lucky, UT (the real One, i.e., those Volunteers up in Knoxville) will put together a strong season. It’s been a while, but I’m still a #VFL.