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Biography - Pastor Major f. Matthews


Elder Major F. Matthews is the Pastor of United Praise Ministries in Chicago, Illinois, which celebrated its 1st anniversary October 2004.  This is Pastor Matthews's first time serving as a Pastor.


The ministry focus is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that salvation is provided through the shedding  of His blood on the cross  of calvary for the forgiveness of our sin.  Discipleship with an emphasis on assisting those addicted to drugs, alcohol and pornography with recovery and deliverances through Jesus Christ.


Pastor Matthews has taken classes at Moody Bible Institute and counseling courses through Mount Carmel Ministries Biblical Counseling.  He was mentored by Pastor James Ford, Jr. of Christ Bible Church - formerly South Shore Baptist Church where he served as an Elder for over 10 years.  He worked in various ministries such as Elder of Christian Education, Sunday School Teacher, and Elder of Serenity in Christ Substance Abuse Ministry.


Pastor Matthews and wife Elizabeth has been married for 35 years.  Pastor Matthews has three daughters, Sheeneice (Steven), Trenee (Roy), Sevara (Renzie) and grandchildren, Mason Allen, Madison Olivia , Parker Noelle,and Jenee Giovanni.


Doctrinal Statement


Would you like to have assurance of eternal life? Then pray this prayer:

 "Father, I know I am a sinner, and I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins, was buried and resurrected.  Please forgive me of my sins, and transofrm me into a new person.  I surrender control of my life to You today.  In Jesus' Name. Amen

 If you prayed this prayer, please let contact us or follow up with a Bible believing church.



We, the members of United Praise Ministries, having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ to:


  • Walk together in Christian love, growing in the wisdom and knowledge of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.


  • We believe that salvation is by faith in Christ alone.  Once we confess our belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior we are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit.


  • To attend worship services, midweekly Bible studies, obey ordiances, discipline and doctrine: to contribute cheerfully and regularly as God prospered us, towards its expenses, missions, and benevolence to the poor for the furtherance of the gospel.


  • In the event of disagreement, will avoid a contentious spirit, avoid the spreading of gossip or slander, to seek the biblical mandate for conflict resolution (Matthew 18:15-20).  Should no resolution occur, we will prayerfully, and in the Spirit of Christ, recognize the right of the Pastor and majority to govern.


  • Maintain regular personal and family devotion by studying diligently the Word of God; to educate our children in the nurture and admonition of God's word, to encourage and evangelize the unsaved of their need for salvation and proclaim the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


  • Walk circumspectly in the world, being honest and above reproach in all we say and do, extending goodwill to all, denying ungodliness and worldly lust; to pray for our government and its leaders, and for the peace of Israel.


  • Encourage, exhort and pray for our sisters and brothers in Christ, to hold each other accountable to good works, to guard each other's reputation, by not slandering or gossiping about them.


  • Express joy when they rejoice, and sorrow when sympathy is due, to bear one another's burdens, to live to the glory of God our Father who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light by which we are blessed forever more.


  • Should we have to leave this humble assembly, we will notify the Pastor and as soon as led by the Holy Spirit, unite with another Bible believing, Christ centered church.

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