Matthew McElyea

Associate / Children's Pastor

Early Life
Matthew was born in St.Louis Missouri in August 1986. He was raised in Cedar Hill by his parents Don and Vicky. Growing up, he learned about the Fathers love and about who his Savior was. He always saw his mother reading Gods Word. His father was always working to keep food on the table.
Matthew has three siblings: two older brothers and a younger sister.
At the age of 12, Matthew was saved in Children’s Church where they attended. He heard that he needed Jesus in Miss Wanda’s Sunday School Class, and then became a follower of Christ in Children’s Church.
Matthew began feeling God’s call to preach at the age of 16. From that point on, he started his journey to learn, study, and find out as much as he could about God through his Word. He has preached many different times in different denomination’s until he found a home church in DeSoto, where he began working with Bob Thebeau. He even worked with his father-in-law, Roger Driggs, for a short time as an associate pastor.
Matthew is married to Melinda and they have four children. He was top of his class at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and has cooked for millionaires, but God had a bigger plan.
In October of 2015, Matthew had a car accident that left him near death. After recuperating, God called him back into the ministry. Through all the craziness of his life, God has brought Matthew closer to Him and called placed children on his heart.

Associate / Children's Pastor
Matthew now serves as the Associate Pastor / Pastor To Children here at the 1st Free Will Baptist Church and is excited to be a part of your children’s lives!

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