METCO Directors' Association
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JOHN MATTHEW BORDERS IV
Born and raised in Dorchester, MA. John Matthew Borders "IV" realized his passion for working with young people at an early age. After graduating Morehouse College in 2007 with a B.A. in Religion, where he played and served as chaplain to the Football team and to his graduating class, Borders returned to Boston where he continued his work at his alma mater, St. Sebastian’s School. While at St. Sebastian’s, Borders served as the Assistant Director of Admissions, coached both Varsity Football and Basketball, and served as an advisor to the student organization Men with Positive Attitudes. During his time at the school, Borders led initiatives that increased the enrollment of students of color from 9% to 13% in just two years. During the summer of 2008, Borders became the Youth Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church and served in this capacity until the end of 2011. Morning Star is led by Borders’ father, Bishop John M. Borders III who has served as Senior Pastor for the past 33 years.
Under Borders leadership, the youth ministry successfully produced a number of productions; most notably, More Than a Mixtape Vol. II. While working towards completing his Masters of Divinity at Boston University, Borders met his wife Francisca and they are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Madison and Bailey.
In Jan. 2013, When Borders joined the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick as the Director of Online Media and Communications, one of his desires was to revive the Bay State Briefs (a biweekly recap featuring a behind the scenes look highlighting the Governor's work). After serving in this capacity, he transitioned to his post as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs. Not long after which Borders accepted an opportunity to serve as the Director of Special Projects and Engagements for the Executive office of Education under then Sec. Matt Malone. In Sept. 2014, Borders joined the Boston Celtics as the Community Engagement Manager where he still serves. The majority of his work consists of leading all of the team's educational initiatives under the umbrella of Corporate Partnerships.
In late 2013, Borders' passion for service further crystalized with the relaunching of a faith based non-profit organization he founded as a teenager that uses the arts, edutainment and advocacy to spread the gospel to the masses while concentration on at risk youth in urban communities. On the Second Saturday of every month, you can find Borders and more than 75 other men and boys sharing in an experience they call, Breakfast IV Brothers (breakfastivbrothers.org); a monthly group mentoring series promoting cross generational dialogue for men of color. Borders hopes to continue his pursuit of this work while staying sensitive to God’s leading.