Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Matthew Moeckel

Staff Architect
EMI South Africa
Joined EMI: May 2017
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Professional Training & Experience

  • Covenant Bible College – Strathmore, Alberta 2006
  • 40-Day: Daniel Leadership Institute, Tentmakers – Duluth, MN 2008
  • BArchSc, North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND 2014
  • MArch, North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND 2015

Prior to and during architecture school Matthew spent 15 years working in the construction industry. Gaining a broad understanding of many different trades has helped support his understanding of architecture.  After graduating from NDSU, Matthew joined designArc Group in Brookings, SD. He spent only a short time there before God opened a door to pursue architecture mission work in Sierra Leone. Following his time in Sierra Leone, Matthew secured an internship with EMI, ultimately leading him to join staff.  God has called Matthew to serve with EMI in South Africa and has given him a heart for orphans.

Ministry Experience

Life on mission began at the age of 7 for Matthew, as his parents pursued missions in the marketplace with their family business. This was a foundational time for him. After attending Bible College, Matthew continued life on mission by serving at Camp Homewood teaching about horses and sharing the love of Jesus with kids.  After his time at Homewood, Matthew pursued men’s ministry and continued to grow in his leadership skills through attending the 40-Day: Daniel Leadership Institute. He continues life on mission, intentionally building community in the 30+ places he has lived. In recent years Matthew has also become an advocate for dyslexics, as he also lives with severe dyslexia.


Matthew is flying solo. But not without encouragement from his parents, brother, sister, 4 nieces, 3 nephews and many brothers and sisters in Christ. His family continues to support him in the many life adventures God has lead him on through his 33 years of life.