2022 Influencer: Matt Troup, CEO, Conway Regional Health System
Who or what has been a source of inspiration for you?
Christ is my inspiration. The integration of my work and faith is fundamental. Also, my wife, Melissa, is a key source of inspiration and support. She a brilliant spouse, mother, educator, and supporter. She has been a sounding board and girded my faith during challenging times.
What books or podcasts are you currently reading or listening to?
I recently finished a biography of Winston Churchill by Andrew Roberts titled “Churchill, A Walk with Destiny.” Currently, I am reading Rod Dreher’s new book “Life Not By Lies.” I enjoy books and podcasts that challenge me to think and grow.
What advice do you and your wife, Melissa, give your sons about achieving their dreams?
Our discussions with our sons center around “where do you feel God is leading you?” My perspective is work without a calling is drudgery. Our prayer has been for each of them to grow in wisdom and in stature, but first and foremost to serve God. It is not their dreams, but the urging of their Creator that we try to stoke.
What is a good man?
Someone who loves unconditionally, seeks to serve others before himself, does the right thing when nobody is looking and lives a strenuous life. A strenuous life, as defined by Theodore Roosevelt, is one that “does not shrink from toil, but lives with a vigorous and positive outlook on life,” in a Colossians 3:23 way: “… as if for the Lord.”
What would you like to be remembered for?
The Hebrew word “avodah” is used in scripture to describe work, worship, and service. The same word is used throughout scripture and implies that they are the same. I hope people will remember me as someone who incorporated all three into the workplace.