Evangelists specialize in the gospel. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone—and so is sanctification and service. The gospel exalts Jesus as the Savior from sin and judgment and lifts up the Spirit of Jesus as the leader and power source for new life in Christ. I’m thrilled that Matt Barber is entering full time evangelism because he understands and preaches the full message of the gospel of grace. I’ve known Matt for years. He displays a sweet spirit and is a great thinker. I’m looking forward to hearing of God’s blessing on his new phase of ministry.
It has been my pleasure to know Bro. Barber for many years now. I have seen him in good times and in bad. In all that time, I have found him to be strongly dedicated to loving the Lord and warmly desirous of following Him in all things. He is a careful student, a clear thinker, and a passionate deliverer of the Word of God. His loyalty to the Lord is absolute. His love for his family is exemplary. His ministry will edify, equip, and encourage you.
It has been my privilege to work with Pastor Matt Barber in the state of Illinois. He has faithfully pastored Woodridge Baptist Church for many years. He has led his church out of financial debt and has seen it grow and become a stable work for God. Matt has a very balanced understanding of scripture and would be a great help and encouragement to any church and pastor that would have him.
It is a great blessing to me to recommend Evangelist Matthew Barber to your church. As his father, I have watched God’s hand be upon his ministry down through the years. He grew up in a preacher’s home and family, so he knows the joys, burdens, and experiences of local church ministry. During his Bible college years, God used him powerfully in outreach and on ministry teams. I saw God’s gift of evangelism early on in his ministry, demonstrated by his love for God’s Word, a zeal for souls, a burden to edify the saints, and a clarity in understanding and making Bible truths clear in his preaching.
As the pastor of Woodridge Baptist Church, God melded in him the gift of the evangelist with the heart of a pastor/shepherd, and Matthew has been used greatly of the Lord in that church in growing, building, and maturing the saints, and in reaching souls for Christ.
Matthew has consistently shown wisdom and discernment beyond his years. Pastors, you can trust Matthew in your pulpit. He will be an encouragement to you and a help to your people.
God has given Matthew a wonderful wife, Chelsey, and five precious children. As a pastor’s wife, Chelsey has assisted Matthew in music, ladies’ and children’s ministries, and all other aspects of ministry. They will be a help and blessing as they serve the Lord as a family.
The challenges we feel in our local churches in this present day and hour are great! God-called, Holy Spirit-empowered evangelists bring fresh vision and clear insight to help us in this work. I am happy to wholeheartedly encourage you to prayerfully consider bringing in Evangelist Matthew Barber to your church.