Matthew Laidlaw

Minister and Director and Lead Teacher of Open Circle

Matthew J. Laidlaw is a student, teacher, pastor, author, and spiritual director. Matthew is the director and lead teacher of Open Circle, an "inclusively-Christian" spiritual community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an ordained minister and has served in executive and administrative leadership while working in both school- and church-based pastoral ministry for the past 15 years. Matthew is a graduate of Kuyper College, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and the Living School for Action and Contemplation. He has also lived in the Middle East, studying at both Jerusalem University College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Matthew and his wife, Stephanie, live in West Michigan with their two young children. You can find out more about Matthew at

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