Meet Founder/Director Matt Kramer
Matt Kramer founded You Connection in 2013/2014- a culmination of spiritual, creative, and production expertise spanning over twenty years. He is the visionary behind everything that happens with You Connection, from production and administration to the presentation of the Gospel. He is the composer and author of You Connection's vast and ever-growing repertoire of theatre shows, films, and videos.
Prior to YC, Matt spent years working in professional video and television, including the 90s PBS show Wishbone; he co-founded a performing arts company in the early 2000s, with further experiences in church ministry and book publishing.
Matt got radically on fire for Christ as a teenager during a powerful move of God in the early to mid 90s, and has been a nearly lifelong member of Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.
In the 1970s, a radical movement took place within the worldwide church, moving people out of the four walls and into the marketplace- Christian music, Christian coffee houses, and evangelistic ministries rose up within culture to do what Christians are supposed to do, preach the Gospel to all people and nations!
The 1980s and into the 1990s saw a massive increase on the mission field, with missionaries flooding “the 10/40 Window” (the most unreached nations in the third-world region). Christian rap/pop band DC Talk made an unprecedented appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (the first time a contemporary Christian group ever appeared on The Tonight Show).
Christian rock band Petra performed at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid fundraiser, being the one and only Christian band among the secular lineup, playing to a crowd of twenty thousand! Impact Productions toured a popular stage show called Toymaker’s Dream, leading many to salvation through altar calls at the end of each show. These are just a few of the many examples of how the body of Christ was moving into culture with the Gospel during this time.
The millennium unfortunately saw a decline in missions and cultural evangelism as the mainstream American church turned inward and emphasized internal church growth, adopting a seeker-friendly, politically correct, watered down message- no heaven and hell, no message of salvation, no moral standards, and no definitive conclusion about Christ- who He is and why you need Him.
You Connection seeks to be a continuation of this movement that was started back in the 70s, a return to Christians invading culture with the uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Like the old Christian coffee house (which brought evangelism into a practical setting), we seek to provide a theatre where people can come to a cozy, safe, comforting place, see a powerful, professional performance, and walk away enlightened, encouraged, and with new understanding of who Jesus really is.
We seek to produce film and media online that preaches the Gospel in a way that the worldwide marketplace understands and connects to, breaking the barrier between church and society and bringing the church into society.