Sermons and blue suede shoes: Lucan priest's Elvis act helps charity

Anglican priest Matt Martin uses his love for performing the music of Elvis Presley to raise money for local charities.

Spot-on Elvis act comes to London's Palace Theatre

Matt Martin is an Anglican priest in Lucan, north of London. He's also a lifelong Elvis fan who doubles as an Elvis impersonator. (Andrew Lupton (CBC News))

You'll likely find him in clerical clothing, preaching the gospel at his local church.

But on certain nights, you'll see Matt Martin onstage in a bedazzled Elvis jumpsuit, pompadour and sideburns fully intact.

Martin, an Anglican priest at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Lucan, is a lifelong Elvis Presley fan who's been performing Presley's music since high school. In recent years, he's decided to combine his love for Elvis with his love for the Lord at various charity events.

"[At first] I wasn't sure if I would continue doing the Elvis thing prior to ordination," Martin told CBC Radio's Afternoon Drive.

"But my bishop told me 'When you're called to ministry, it's all of you that's called.' Part of what I do is the Elvis thing, and it's been called to ministry as well."

Churchgoer backlash

Martin admits not everyone in his congregation are thrilled with his Elvis act.

"Occasionally I do have people who wonder if I take the ministry seriously, and I do. I take it too seriously," says Martin.

"I take it too seriously to not do everything I can with the gifts I have to give people some joy and promote the good news of Christ."

Martin is performing as Elvis at London's Palace Theatre on Thursday Nov. 16, in support of Camp Wendake, an organization that helps those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. 

Listen to the full interview below.