Missionary Barbara Matchett
Matchett is a member of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Cecil, Georgia,
where Superintendent Arletha Sermons is Pastor.
The church is a member of the Southern Georgia Jurisdiction of the
Churches of God in Christ where Bishop C. J. Hicks is the Jurisdictional Prelate
and Mother Amanda Johnson presides as the Supervisor of Women.
Evangelist Matchett is the second child of 11 born to the Late Roy D.
Thomas, Sr., and the present Missionary Eva M. Thomas.
She has three children, two boys and one girl, one daughter-in law, and
Evangelist Matchett received her primary education in the Valdosta City
School System, graduating from Pinevale High School.
She furthered her education by attending and graduating from the Valdosta
Area Vocational Technical School, earning a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Degree and obtained an LPN Licensed where she practiced at South Georgia Medical
Center (SGMC) in Valdosta, Georgia. Not
being satisfied with just an LPN License, she later went back to school at
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, and the Abraham Baldwin
Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia, and received a Registered Nurse (RN)
Degree. She is also
certified/licensed in the state of Georgia and holds the title of a Certified
Pediatric Nurse. Evangelist
Matchett is presently employed at SGMC as a Certified Pediatric RN.
Evangelist Matchett says that her greatest blessing came when the Lord
saved her in April 1972. He saved
her soul and filled her with the Holy Ghost, and that with a mighty burning
fire. He anointed her to teach His
word in “no form or fashion.”
Since the Lord saved her, Missionary Matchett has held many positions in
the church, because she believed the word when it said, “Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do, do it with thy might…” In
her local church, she has held the position of Church Secretary, President of
the Mission Department, President of the Love Group, Stand-in Sunday School
Teacher, and a member of the choir. On
the district level, she serves as the Key Lady to the District Missionary,
President of the Unity Treasure; President of the District Love Group, and
member of the District Choir. On
the state level, Missionary Matchett is President of Missionaries on the
Southern end of the Southern Georgia Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in
Christ. She has served as the
Chairperson to the State Field Representative of the Sunday School Department,
and as the Financial Expediter of the State Evangelistic Crusade of the Women
Evangelist Matchett has always had a desire to do all that she could in
whatever capacity she was serving. So in 1997, she decided to go back to school,
this time it was for the Lord. She entered the Interdenominational Theological
College Seminary by satellite and completed the two-year course of study.
The Lord has highly anointed Evangelist
She has counseled many in the areas of marriage, rearing children, how to
cope on the job, how to be a good neighbor, etc. etc.
She made a vow to the Lord to do whatever He asks her to do.
She told the Lord, “Yes, Lord.”