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Dr. Andre Matthews was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the firstborn son to Elder Ernest Joseph Matthews Jr. and Mother Beatrice M. Matthews. After moving north to Syracuse, New York, Brother Andre grew up, studying in the school systems in Central New York. Known as a child prodigy, Brother Matthews began showing uncanny intellectual abilities early on. Brother Matthews received Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Spirit-filled in September of 1972, and began preaching the same year. Licensed to minister in 1973, he received COGIC eldership ordination in 1984. In 1987, this servant accepted the call of God into the office of apostle. His father (and mentor) tutored him until he passed away. Apostle Matthews began his first pastorate in 1989 in Rochester, New York, and the rest is history! He has since planted, covered, rebuilt, revived and restored ministries and ministry leaders in CONUS and the world throughout.
Dr. Matthews was publicly affirmed into the office of international apostle and Bishop-Elect while on his maiden missionary trip to Nigeria West Africa in 2002. As a result of that apostolic mantling, Apostle Matthews now covers hundreds of global ministries! Bishop Matthews launched The School Of Ministerial Excellence Institute (TSI), developed its curriculum, and has graduated classes since 1998. TSI is now a fully accredited post-secondary religious training institution (2013). He has since developed and taught as an adjunct professor and course developer and instructor various ministry courses for several bible institutions including the Charles Harrison Mason System of Bible Colleges, Pathfinders Bible Institute, the WOALCC Bible Institute, and the Gateway International Bible Institute (GIBI).
Throughout his professional career, Apostle Matthews has shown a passion for the downtrodden. He received commendations from the Office of Governor of Oklahoma for developing Gang Peace Day under former Governor Frank Keating in 1996 and from former Governor Janet Napolitano in 2007 while working with Project Restore(the point-of-entry office for evacuees entering the state of Arizona after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita).
Dr. A. E. Matthews is an accomplished author and musician, and has been labeled as ‘a preaching anomaly.’ He exhibits an uncanny understanding in and articulation of the Word of God! Throughout his ministerial career, Presiding Bishop Matthews has impacted businesses, communities, families, ministries and nations with his ineffable character, his love of life and his appreciation for the journey each individual takes to arrive at their present stage of life. He now celebrates the honor of covering and mentoring many sons and daughters of the faith globally.
Apostle Matthews is happily married to his ‘Precious’ wife of 20 years (1993), Reverend Debra L. Matthews (Senior Pastor of FreshFire Fellowship Church- Phoenix, AZ). Board member of several ministry aggregations the world over, he is continuously sought out for his prophetic accuracy, administrative prowess, and apostolic leadership acumen. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Ministerial Theology (GIBI- Phoenix, AZ), an honorary doctorate degree in Apostolic Administration and Leadership Development (WOGIU- Los Angeles, CA), and is aggressively pursuing others.
Dr. Bishop Andre E. Matthews