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About Matthews Church of God About Matthews Church of God

Our Staff

Bishop Rick D. Brackett
    Senior Pastor/District Overseer

Gayle J. Brackett
    Executive Secretary - (1st Lady)

Phillip King
    Associate Pastor

Stewardship/Finance Committee

Vivian Burnette

Board of Elders

John Rollins III
    Elder & Business Administrator

Steve Smith

James Griffin

Sheron Dinnoo

Edward Baker

Ed & Beth Baker
    Youth Team Leaders

Abigail (Abby) Salsedo
    Children's Team Leader

Beth Ann Simmons
    Music Team Leader

Tonya Walker Griffin
    Music Team Member

Bobby Hunt
    Ordinance Team Leader

Amy Griffin
    Pastoral Support Team Leader

Kevin Cooper
    Building & Maintenance Team Leader

James Griffin
    Ushers/Greeters Team Leader

    Media Team Leader

Scott Hobbs
    Security Team Leader

Pearlyn Bremer
    World Missions Team Leader

Matthews Church of God
517 E John Street Map
NC 28105
Phone: 704-847-5625




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 congregation of 413 members 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 6 million members in over 170 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.

Service Times

Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Kidz Church 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday Prayer, Praise & Worship  7:00 p.m.


Statement of Beliefs

Declaration of Faith


We Believe: In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism of the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
  • In the pre millennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.



Church History

A Brief History of the Church of God

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 6 million with a presence in nearly 150 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.