Bachelor, University Tennessee, 1949. Juris Doctor, University Tennessee, 1958. Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1954.
Pastor McKinney Memorial Church, Fort Worth, 1953-1955, Bethany Bible Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1956-1958. Associate Ambrose, Wilson, Saulpaw, 1958-1961. Assistant to president Young Life, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1961-1964.
Private practice Knoxville, 1964-1965. Partner Privette, Mann, Prince & Smith, 1965-1969. President New Life, Inc., from 1969, Lewis Speary Chafer Theological Seminary, Knoxville, from 2000.
President Chafer Institute Biblical Studies, since 2000.
Chairman Republican Primary Election Commission, Knoxville, 1959-1961.
Married Beverly Ross Stanton, June 7, 1952 (divorced November 1977). Children: Matthew Sperry Junior, David, Peggy, Patricia, Penny, Beverly. Married Judithe Seidell Boensch, June 30, 1979.