Bishop Rick D. Brackett - Senior Pastor/District Overseer - [Account] - matthewscog.org@rdbrackett|
Bishop Rick D. Brackett was born May 20, 1954 in Mooresville, NC. He has a love for preaching but more importantly a love for the people to whom he preaches. His messages are anointed and are relevant for these times.
Gayle J. Brackett - Executive Secretary - (1st Lady) - [Account] - matthewscog.org@gjbrackett|
Stewardship/Finance Committee - |
John Rollins, Vivian Burnette, Sheron Dinnoo, Amy Griffin, Stan Widener, Rob Gibson
Vivian Burnette - Treasurer - hotmail.com@vjburnette|
Vivian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Pembroke in 1985 in Public Administration & a concentration in Business.
She has worked in the accounting and administration field for over 20 years. She currently works as an Assistant Controller with an Architect firm.
She has taught Sunday school for the preschool class, before moving to teach the elementary class, and is currently working with the Junior Sunday school class. She has worked as a teacher in our Kid’s church and assisted with the Children’s programs and events. She enjoys being involved with the church in any way she can uplift the kingdom of God’s work.
She and her husband James have two sons, Jordan & Jacob. Aside from church activities, she enjoys watching her boys on the school track and soccer fields.
Board of Elders - |
(Left to Right) John Rollins, Sheron Dinnoo,
Steve Smith, Edward Baker, James Griffin
1 Peter 5:1-10 As shepherds working under the supervision and authority of the Pastor, each Elder must first be a care giver to the people of God's Church.
John Rollins III - Elder & Business Administrator - aol.com@johnstrays|
John Rollins III was invited to the Matthews Church of God over twenty years ago; he knew absolutely nothing about the Church of God, being raised Catholic and even attended a Catholic school.
He loves the Matthews Church of God and can't say enough good things or express his feelings to do it justice. He has served as the Church Treasurer for more than ten years and has been an Elder for more than six years.
Steve Smith - Elder - yahoo.com@snuffyfive7|
Steve was born July 22, 1965 in Flint, Michigan where he graduated from Linden High School in Linden, MI in 1983. He moved to Charlotte, NC in September of 1989 just in time to experience his first Hurricane, '' HUGO'' that welcomed him to the east coast. The Smith family currently resides in Waxhaw, NC.
Steve has been employed by the Family Dollar Corporation where he has been a truck driver for ten years.
Steve's wife's name is Shelley, to whom he has been married since 1996; who in his words is, "my wonderful wife and prayer warrior." Steve and Shelley have 5 sons in which they are proud to say are all born-again.
Steve rededicated his life to Christ at Matthews COG on Mother's Day 2004, was baptized in water on March 16, 2005 by Bishop Brackett along with his wife Shelley, and sons Stephen III, David, Andy, and Chase. He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in the choir loft on March 12, 2006 and was installed as a church elder on August 27, 2006.
Steve is so greatful for what God has done in his life; he says:
"Since dedicating my life to Christ and joining the Matthews Church of God the Lord has done great things in my life...trusting in God; He has saved my marriage,and He has delivered me from depression.
My prayer is that I always listen to the Holy Spirit for his guidance, to lead like Jesus and to be an armor-bearer to Pastor Brackett and a help to all my brethren at Matthews."
James Griffin - Elder - windstream.net@jg2|
Reuben James Griffin, Jr. was born September 14, 1950 in Wadesboro, N.C. He is the oldest of four; one brother and two sisters.
James served in the military after being drafted into the US Army 1970-1971. He held the rank of E5 sergeant and tank driver.
He has been married to Carolyn Martin since 1975; they have two children: Stephanie & Tonya and two grandchildren: Joshua & Brittany. He enjoys softball, golfing, fishing, cycling and working out at the gym.
James received his associate degree in business in 1977 from Anson Community College, his bachelors in 1989 from Gardner Webb and his masters in 1991 from Pfeiffer University. He has worked at everything from janitorial work to factory manager. He has been a very successful insurance agent since 1997.
He grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church and then joined the Church of God in 1977. He has been very active in the church serving on the men’s counsel, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, treasurer, finance committee, trustee, church bus driver, and choir.
Sheron Dinnoo - Elder - gmail.com@sherondinnoo2007|
Sheron Dinnoo was born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and is an only child to Hamlyn and Tara Dinnoo. He was raised in a Presbyterian home and credits his Grandparents for his early church exposure. As a child and teenager he was very active in the local church and youth group.
At the end of his teenage years he admits falling away from his faith but later realized God had bigger plans for his life. He attended Wingate University and graduated with a Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and now works as an IT Manager for a local small business. He has been married to Rita since 2007 and the two have been inseparable since 2003. They have two children, Candace and Brandon (Rita’s from prior marriage) and two grandchildren, Candon and Dominic.
He says, “I thank God for sending my wife into my life. She was instrumental in rekindling my love for the Lord and bringing me to Matthews Church of God. She was raised in the CoG and until coming here I just did not know what I was missing!”
Edward Baker - Elder - hotmail.com@ephriendly|
Ed was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and spent thirty years of his life there. His religious and educational background centered around a Catholic upbringing. Ed received his bachelor's degree in accounting and moved to Charlotte, N.C. looking for a change of scenery and a new outlook on life. Ed said, "At this point, one might think that I would go to work for a bank or an accounting firm, however, God led me to do something else; He led me to work with children as a teacher." Ed worked with "Alexander Youth Network" for several years; he thoroughly enjoys working with "special needs kids". Currently, Ed is employed with CMS as a special ed teacher at Idlewild Elementary.
Ed & Beth Baker - Youth Pastors - [Account] - yahoo.com@edandbethb|
Beth Baker is the Pastor's daughter and the younger of two. Beth has always had a passion to minister to hurting people and has felt a call to minister through music at a very early age. In 1997 Beth graduated with honors from South Caldwell High School as the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper entitled "The Spartan Muse". She then attended East Coast Bible College where she studied Music and Journalism.
Recently Beth felt the call of God on her life the preach the gospel and the Lord has blessed her to lead worship at various places and various dominations, i.e., Ladies conferences, homecomings, and recently had the opportunity to sing and minister to a public high school in North Carolina.
Beth also works with the outreach ministries program at Matthews and she enjoys leading praise and worship. Her hobbies include traveling, going to the gym, spending time with family and friends. She is married to the love of her life, Ed Baker. They have two children, Alex and Katherine; they reside in Charlotte, NC.
Ed was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and spent thirty years of his life there. His religious and educational background centered around a Catholic upbringing. Ed received his bachelor's degree in accounting and moved to Charlotte, N.C. looking for a change of scenery and a new outlook on life. Ed said, "At this point, one might think that I would go to work for a bank or an accounting firm, however, God led me to do something else; He led me to work with children as a teacher." Ed worked with "Alexander Youth Network" for several years; he thoroughly enjoys working with "special needs kids". Currently, Ed is employed with Wells Fargo in the investment division uptown Charlotte.
Ed says, "Just over a year ago, as God continued to bless me, I was introduced to the love of my life, Beth Brackett. Beth and I are now married and live in Charlotte, N.C." They have one child, Alexander (Alex).
Ed & Beth have been given several opportunities to use their talents to spread the Word of God. It is their prayer that God will always give them the strength and boldness to do the will of God.
They both look forward to working with the youth of the Matthews Church of God.
Abigail (Abby) Salsedo - Children's Pastor - [Account] - windstream.net@abbysalsedo|
Abby is married to Troy Salsedo and they have three children: Logan, Skylar and Luke.
Melisa Pate - Assistant Children's Pastor - [Account] - aol.com@dwpmwptwo|
Amy Griffin - Pastoral Support Team Leader - yahoo.com@Griff2123|
Kevin Cooper - Building & Maintenance Team Leader - gmail.com@kcooper7|
James Griffin - Ushers/Greeters Team Leader|
Veronica Robinson - Media Team Leader - agzoutewelle.com@Veronicar|
Jeff Chappell - Security Team Leader - aol.com@fixit34784|
Pearlyn Bremer - World Missions Team Leader|
Jonathan Bishop - Director of Christian Education - firstname.lastname@example.org|
Jonathan Bishop was born on April 18, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia and is the son of Wes and Melissa Bishop. He is thankful for his godly heritage and is honored to be the fourth generation in his family to be members of the Church of God.
Jonathan relocated to North Carolina and first visited Matthews Church of God in 2012. He says he immediately felt as if it was where God wanted him to be. Since becoming a member of the church, Jonathan has been sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit, and called to preach the Gospel. In 2016, he completed the Church of God’s Calling and Ministry Studies program and received his Exhorter’s license in January, 2017. He plans to continue his training to become an ordained minister. Jonathan loves being involved in the various ministries of the church. He greatly enjoys preaching, teaching Sunday school, working with the media team, and singing in the choir. He is also a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying electrical engineering and mathematics with plans to graduate in 2019. Jonathan’s greatest desire is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever the Lord may lead him.
(Alternate: Paula Butler)
Ed & Beth Baker - Youth Team Leaders|
Ed & Beth Baker
Ordinance Committee - Communion, Feet Washing, Baptism|