The One
Boston Story

The story of One Boston Church began in 2008, when God started stirring an idea about something new in the heart of Boston. When Pastors Matt & Cari moved to Massachusetts in 2011, friendships and connections began to grow all across the city. From lunches in Southie, family gatherings in Medford, connections on Beacon Hill, classes at BU, games at Fenway Park and the Garden, spur-of-the-moment dinners in Everett & Revere, walks at Jamaica Pond, hikes Franklin Park & the Arboretum, community events in Roxbury and Dorchester, or date nights in Cambridge & Arlington… Through countless events and spaces, God began connecting people.

Over the years, the Zimmermans and others would visit Piers Park in East Boston to pray for the city, their friends, and God’s direction. As they continued to serve in their local churches and communities, the number of connections slowly grew.

In early 2021, Pastors Matt and Cari met with Pastor David & Ginelle Payne. The leadership of Lifesong Church and the Association of Related Churches all agreed. It was time for the vision of One Boston Church to become a reality.

Our Pastors

Pastors Matt and Cari Zimmerman married in 2003 and lived in Colorado until 2011 before moving to Massachusetts. Together, for over two decades, Matt and Cari have helped bring people together and explore faith in Jesus. They have led small groups, built networks of home gatherings, pioneered new church locations, launched a school, & created vibrant communities for students & young adults.

They have designed internships for emerging leaders, led initiatives for children and families, led music, directed missions, coordinated service projects, and helped people discover how it all shapes our relationship with God and the people around us.

Matt grew up in Oklahoma and went to West Point where he received his BS in European History with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. He led tanks and scouts as an Active Duty Army officer and continues to serve as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and completed his Doctorate in Ministry at Boston University. He loves college football, good coffee and superheroes.

Cari grew up in New York and earned her BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology from Houghton College. She received her Masters in Education from SUNY New Paltz. Cari is passionate about time with family, delicious food and all things Fall.

Matt & Cari have three amazing children: Alexis, Conlin and Gavin. As a family, they lovingly refer to each other as “The Fab 5”. They love travelling, escape rooms, the Legend of Zelda, and pretty much anything chocolate. Game nights almost always involve Uno, Scattergories, and Ticket to Ride. They are excited to meet new friends and experience new adventures, but most importantly to do it all… Together!

at our core

our values

Everyone needs a place to belong.

Everyone needs to believe and follow Jesus.

Everyone needs to become everything God created them to be.

People need hope. Hope is found in Jesus and built in community. One Boston Church is a community of faith dedicated to bringing the hope of Jesus to the people of greater Boston.

our true north

Guiding Principles

Four Guiding Principles shape our gatherings and community.

1. Authentic Relationships, Intentional Community

Psalm 68:6; Proverbs 27:17; John 17:21; John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Hebrews 10:25

The greatest of all human needs is the need to be loved; to be truly known and accepted. When the Father created people, he said “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Jesus spoke more about relationships than almost any other topic. The Church is not an organization; it is the Body of Christ: a living organism. It lives and breathes through the strength of its relationships. These kinds of relationships are neither accidental or haphazard. We build them with time and effort. In doing so, we create families and communities that encourage individual and corporate growth.

2. Spiritual Vibrancy, Intellectual Honesty

Deuteronomy 6:5; Acts 2; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 13; Luke 10:27; 1 John 1:1

At the core of the Christian faith is an encounter with God and His Son through the ongoing work and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Followers of Jesus should expect God to engage them in ways that are nothing short of supernatural that can be ”seen with our eyes and touched with our hands.” (1 John 1:1) However, faith and ongoing discipleship are not in spite of or in lieu of our mind. They are the culmination and fulfillment of the command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27)

3. Internal Growth, External Investment

Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 8:18-21; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:1-10; James 2:17

Walking with God includes concealed private growth and public expressions. Drawing near to God and growing in relationship with Him must be accompanied by investing in the world and the lives of those around us. “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17) Our journey with God is intensely personal, yet must have profoundly public results and expressions. We are to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8) In this vein, we are to profoundly influence, shape, and elevate every aspect of humanity.

4. Local Transformation, Global Engagement

Matthew 10:40-42; Matthew 25:34-40; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 11:15

Jesus left the church with the challenge to “go and make disciples of all nations” saying “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Matthew 28:18; Acts 1:8) We are to carry the hope found in the miracle of His resurrection to all people. As His representatives, we are to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to others in our world. We become more like Christ when we visit the prisoner, welcome the stranger, love the broken, or care for the poor. (Matthew 25:34-40) We begin by personally delivering this good news in tangible, practical and measurable ways to our city and continue by engaging in strategic mission partnerships that reach out to other communities and peoples around the world.