Pastor on 1,000-mile bike ride from Texas to Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pastor on 1,000-mile bike ride from Texas to Tennessee

(Source: Pedal for PT) (Source: Pedal for PT)
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - Pastor Matt Gaston of University Park United Methodist Church (UPUMC) in Dallas is trading the pulpit for the pedals.

Gaston began a 15-day journey on his bike June 10, and aside from a few short breaks, doesn't plan on stopping until he reaches Nashville.

Gaston is taking part in Pedal for PT, celebrating a new partnership with the church and Project Transformation (PT).

This past spring, a proposal was passed to relocate the Project Transformation offices to unused space in the UPUMC building.

Gaston, an avid cyclist, along with others, are riding to raise money for the new headquarters.

Their goal is to raise $100,000.

Project Transformation, which started in 1998, serves low-communities in North Texas by engaging young adults in leadership and ministry, and connects churches to families and communities in need.

The United Methodist-affiliated nonprofit has since been replicated in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Texas.

According to Gaston's blog, as of June 15, he and the group crossed the border from Oklahoma into Arkansas.

To donate, click here. 

Cyclists can hop on their bikes and join Pastor Matt on this journey (or just a portion of the trip) to Nashville.

See the route at and contact him directly at to join the ride.

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