Matt’s speaking style comes straight from the heart, sprinkled with lots of humor and encouragement from God’s heart! Bottom line, he’s polished with absolutely no pretense … a rare combination these days. Audiences LOVE hearing Matt speak.
Matt's upbringing is his bedrock for relating to everyday people. Raised in a suburb, just south of Detroit, Michigan, Matt’s life was anything but ideal. His father was an atheist and his mother was an agnostic. Matt never attended church, and his parents never talked about God or Jesus in their home.
Matt, the oldest of two other siblings, was called upon to be a surrogate-father when at age 11, their father abruptly left home for another woman. Under pressure, Matt's world went into a tailspin, which included running away from home several times, skipping school, and eventually breaking into homes and stealing cars at the young age of 15. He ended up dropping out of school, halfway through his senior year in 1971.
Then, at the age of 18, his 17-year-old girlfriend became pregnant. This occurred in July 1972, six months before Roe vs Wade became law. Without money and nowhere to turn, Matt's mother paid to fly her son and girlfriend to New York City for an abortion. At that time, Matt and his girlfriend didn't think much about abortion, as they’d heard, “it’s only a fetus, and fetuses aren't really human beings yet”. But as soon as the abortion took place, Matt knew otherwise.
Shortly afterward, Matt had an encounter with God one evening. While tucked in a corner, sitting on the floor at a party, where everyone around Matt was getting high, God seemed to reach through the darkness and lift Matt to his feet. Matt left the party immediately and walked home, not fully understanding what had just taken place, yet knowing God was calling him out of that environment to live a new life in Him. Matt says, "I knew it was God who touched me that night, and I had to know more about Him!" So Matt found a church in Allen Park, Michigan, walked through the doors and asked to speak with a Pastor. Matt told the Pastor of his encounter with God and the Pastor shared scriptures with Matt and prayed with Matt to receive Christ that very day, and was baptized in that same church a few weeks later.
Fast forward to today: Matt is a highly successful financial advisor, who has built three financial services companies, helping people with sound investments, as well as coaching hundreds of financial advisors, all across the country, on how to give the very best financial advice possible. He has written two books, one of which became a #1 Amazon Bestseller within 24 hours, All the Rules Have Changed: What You Must Do To Succeed in the New Financial Reality. He also has a huge heart for helping Pastors secure their financial futures.
In 2017, Matt became the President of Cool Springs Financial Group, in Franklin, Tennessee. They operate in all 50 states and two foreign countries. Their firm specializes in helping business owners, executives, entertainers, athletes and others, create a tax-free income in retirement, with little to no money out-of-pocket. In addition, they help corporations and major companies to "Recruit, Retain and Retire” the best people in their industries, with little to no money out-of-pocket, as well.
Although Matt is very good at what he does, his heart belongs to his lovely wife, Michele Pillar, and their blended family of four children and thirteen grandchildren. His motto is, "Your wealth is in your time, not your money."
Some Fun Photos of Matt & Michele
Listen to Michele's story of her first date
with Matt Rettick
Matt accompanies his wife, Michele Pillar, to help with The Clothesline Conference and CPC Fundraiser events. He is also available to share his story for Pregnancy Center events and for other special events. Please contact Christian Speakers Services for more information.
A Message from Michele Pillar