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Pastor George Matthews
Pastor George Matthews was born in Houston, TX and was raised in Palo Alto, Ca.  As a young person he dedicated his life to the Lord and received his biblical foundation at New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor A. C. Macklin.  He later joined Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop J.W. Macklin where he served in the Youth, Sunday School, and Music Departments.    Pastor Matthews later was called to serve under the leadership of Bishop Bob Jackson at Acts Full Gospel.  For over 10 years he was involved in various leadership positions that included: Overseeing as the media department administrator, assisting with the launching of Men of Valor Academy as Executive Director, and Youth Pastor.   In all of these positions, God was preparing him to launch is own ministry, Genesis Worship Center.    In 2003, Pastor Matthews established Genesis Worship Center, in Oakland, Ca.   He has been blessed to travel and share the good news of the Gospel across the nation.  Not only has Pastor Matthews excelled in the ministry, but also in education and in his career. Some accomplishments include:
  • Graduating from San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration.
  • M.B.A. in Marketing from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California.
  • Master of Divinity from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • 14 years managerial experience at Hewlett Packard Company in Silicon Valley where he worked in various Human Resources, Marketing and Sales positions.
  • Four units (1600 hours completed) in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Stanford Hospital, Kaiser Hospital, Sutter Hospital and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
  • Currently serves as Chaplaincy Director for Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Detention Centers, Santa Rita, Glen Dyer Jail and Juvenile Hall under the leadership of Bishop Bob Jackson.
  • Religious Affairs Director for the Oakland Branch of the NAACP.
  • Former Superintendent of the New Birth District in California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
  • Former State Youth President for the California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, under the leadership of Bishop W. W. Hamilton.
  • Former Regional Youth President for the International Youth Department for the Church of God in Christ, and established and oversaw  the Youth Worship Services at the National AIM Convention and National Holy Convocation under the leadership of Bishop G.E. Patterson.
  • Currently services as the Jurisdictional Secretary for California West Coast Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop Bob Jackson.

He continuously strives for Genesis Worship Center to be “The Church of New Beginnings Exemplifying God’s Love To All People” and wants his members and those within Body of Christ to become mature believers through the Bible, prayer, worship and fellowship. Above all else, the ability to be a father of two handsome sons, Caleb and Joshua is the heartbeat of Pastor George Matthews. Most of all he is a spiritual father to many and respectfully is known too many as “Pops”.

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