Leadership

Meet the members of the Christian Union Day & Night staff.

Matt Bennett

Founder & CEO

Matt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union, a Christian leadership development organization with the mission to bring sweeping spiritual and cultural transformation to our nation and the world by developing and networking Christian leaders to make an impact for Christ. Christian Union focuses its activity through three primary ministries. Christian Union Day and Night mobilizes Christians across the country to seek the Lord for revival and reformation. Secondly, Christian Union Union Universities ministers at America’s most influential and secular universities with work at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Lastly, Christian Union Cities develops Christian leaders in America’s most influential cities, starting with New York City and Washington, D.C.

A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for twelve years, and developed the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the northeast. In 2002 he founded Christian Union with the strategy of developing Christian leaders in the nation’s centers of influence. The ministry has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, CBN, Christianity Today and World Magazine. Matt currently resides in New York City.

Follow Matt on Twitter @MattWadeBennett

Chuck Hetzler

Senior Associate Leader

Chuck Hetzler, Ph.D. in New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was transformed from a reserved biblical scholar into a passionate revivalist when he experienced the power of God at Princeton University. Desperate to see God move, he and his colleagues began each day with 2 hours of prayer. Soon after, they watched their 5-year old ministry become Princeton’s largest student organization. Hetzler further tested the biblical principles of wholeheartedly seeking God as he became the pastor of a dying mainline denominational church in middle America. Again, God was true to His promise: He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). The church is now a living testimony of God’s power.

The Hetzlers moved back to the NYC area in July of 2018 to start Bethesda Grace. While pastoring, Chuck writes and speaks for a national audience with Christian Union Day and Night. Chuck has been married to Karen for 17 years. They have four children—two by birth, two by adoption. Karen is a professional soprano and gifted minister to women through teaching and prayer ministry.

Whit Hazelton

Marketing Director

Whit Hazelton is Marketing Director of Christian Union Day and Night. With over 15 years of experience in the field of digital marketing, he has overseen the creation and growth of numerous websites and social media properties in the real estate, land planning, non-profit and aquaculture industries.

A native of Arizona, Whit was raised mostly in Europe before returning to the U.S. for college. He attended Princeton University before graduating from Westmont College in 2001. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Vero Beach, Florida.