Back in the winter of 2016, when Matthew Lucas was a senior, Chapel Hill Youth Ministry Director Eric Hauck sat down to talk with Matthew about life, faith, his dream of creating an underwater city and other favorite and not-so-favorite favorite things.
Meet the Teen – Matthew Lucas
What School and grade level are you?
The Independent School. I am a Senior.
What movie could you watch over and over?
What three things you want to have with you if stranded alone on an island?
A boat. A paddle. And lots of food.
What is your greatest pet peeve?
People dragging their feet
What is one question you will ask God when you get to heaven?
Is this Heaven?
Scariest Disney Villain?
The dog owner from The Fox and the Hound.
Favorite amusement park?
If you were going to ride across Texas in a 1965 El Camino with a famous actor, who would it be?
Morgan Freeman, so he could narrate our journey.
What is a bible verse that means a lot to you?
If all food in the whole world tasted the same, what would it to taste like?
Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut.
If you were allowed to throw one thing off the empire state building what would you throw?
A fancy wooden office desk.
If you were given 10 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would put it into the stock market to make more money.
Have you ever cried at a movie? If so which one?
Finding Nemo. The sharks scared me.
Favorite app on your phone?
What is one of the coolest “God moments” you’ve experienced?
Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Taking Calculus-based AP Physics
What was one of the coolest things you ever picked out of a dumpster or trash?
An old robot toy
What comforts you when you are sad?
Would you rather go to school for a day dressed like Cinderella, OR sing a song in front of church dressed like a professional Wrestler?
Go to school dressed as Cinderella.
If you were going to be an animal, what would you be?
If you could have one superpower?
Ok…so toilet paper…. fold? or crumple?
Favorite song or band?
Coolest place you ever visited?
What are a few things that help you draw closer to Jesus?
Younglife and bible study.
Best birthday party?
My eighth birthday party. It was a army theme with games and costumes and all the boys from my class attended.
What kind of hairdo do you want for the first 1,000 years in heaven?
The haircut that I get now. Always fresh.
What is something you are really good at?
Being kind to everyone.
Oldest person you ever met?
Grandpa Storm, age 97
What is one thing you really like about Chapel Hill UMC?
Friendly people and a caring environment.
How many times have you fallen asleep while pastor Jeff is preaching?
Once, when I was little.
Most fun memory with your dad?
Going on a very tough all-day hike to Mt. Waialeale in Kauai.
Most embarrassing moment?
Hit a teacher with a ball while playing dodge ball. It was an accident.
What’s your personal time limit for eating the dropped french fry off the ground?
I don’t. I have more on my plate.
Three things you want to do before you die?
Hike all of the Appalachian trail. Learn to snowboard. Skydive
Where will you be living and doing in 10 years?
Live in a mountainous region and working as an engineer.
Age when you last went Trick-o-treat?
11 years old.
What do you do to relax?
Read books or play video games.
What’s the scariest thing about girls?
Making small talk with them
Who’s your hero?
My dad and all my math teachers for helping me understand math.
Grossest thing you ever ate?
Did Adam or Eve have belly-buttons?
Scariest moment of your life?
I was caught in a strong rip current and pulled out with my dad and a hippie from Alaska who could not swim. We shared one boogie board while out at sea.
Three words to describe Jesus as you know Him?
Savior. Teacher. Counselor.
What song gets stuck in your head the most?
Joy to the World
If you could only eat one food for lunch for rest of your life, what would it be?
Mac and Cheese
Who influenced you most in your faith and walk with Jesus?
Jack and Diana Storm (aka Nana and Papa Jack)
How do you connect best with God?
Mission trips, Younglife, and Bible study
What is your greatest fear?
What was your favorite toy when you were five?
Rideable Tonka excavator
Longest distance you have ever run?
Four miles, non-stop
Farthest from home you’ve ever been?
If you could be professional athlete what sport?
If money were NO issue, what would you do with your life?
I would create a safe, eco-friendly, underwater city, where people love each other and live in it.
On the airplane, do you try to talk to person next to you? Or ignore them and hope they don’t even see you?
If they seem interested in talking, I will visit with them.
Favorite board game?
Longest time in hospital? For what?
I had a seizure in second grade and I was hospitalized and under observation for 24 hours.