Our Story

How it all started...

It was 1886, in a crude meeting house on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where the Church of God traces its roots. There, a group of eight sincere Christians had a deep desire for a closer relationship and life with Christ. Realizing the futility of reforming their own churches, they established a new church whose objective would be to restore sound scriptural doctrines of the Bible, encourage deeper consecration and promote evangelism and Christian service. Twenty-one years after the formation of the Christian Union that evening at the Barney Creek Meeting House, the growing movement would establish themselves permanently as the Church of God.
From this seemingly insignificant origin has grown one of the most influential worldwide Pentecostal denominations. For nearly 120 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 8 million with a presence in nearly 187 countries. Leaders of the Church of God are recognized as some of the most respected Pentecostal leaders of today.
The call of the Church of God today beckons back to those early days at Barney Creek. Church of God congregations around the globe are experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit today more than ever. Reports of revivals where hundreds are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit are frequent and on-going. The call of the Church of God is for world evangelization. It is a call to discipleship and prayer. It is a call of commitment. It is a call for the Church of God to be a channel for Pentecostal revival well into the new millennium.

About Our Church

The Matthews Church of God is a multiethnic church with open arms, a smiling face, and a loving heart for all people.

We are a loving congregation in the beautiful city of Matthews, located just outside of the city of Charlotte, N.C.
We are affiliated with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, which has over 8 million members in over 187 countries and is the oldest Pentecostal denomination in North America.

We invite you to come and worship with us and experience worship Pentecostal style and hear the Word of God preached the old fashion way by our Senior Pastor Bishop Rick D. Brackett.

Pastoral History

Here is the History of the Pastoral leadership of Matthews Church of God

Rick D. Brackett


J.D. Collins


Larry Wells


Lewis Hatchell


A.M. Stephens Jr.


Howard Sloan


David Hatcher Sr.


Kenneth Rouse


F.M. Vaughn


Bob Sustar


C.M. Roseman


Odell Dyson

James Wynes

Paul Horne

Winston Clark

 Special  Guests

Over the years we have been blessed to host some wonderful inspired brothers and sisters in Christ. To review these guests, visit the gallery...

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