Dr. Sam Matthews
Dr. Sam Matthews is the founder and senior elder of the Family of Faith Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This church was established in 1983 with the instruction of the Holy Spirit to raise up a church according to the pattern of the New Testament government with functioning elders and the five-fold ministry gifts of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Dr. Matthews serves International Christian Leadership Connections (ICLC) as a member of the Apostolic Company and is the founder and president of Family of Faith College. He is greatly used by God in intercession, spiritual warfare, and the raising up and functioning of five-fold apostolic teams. Dr. Matthews travels extensively, ministering with international teams in more than 4,000 churches located in more than 70 nations.
Associate Pastor/ Worship Pastor
Daniel is the son of Senior Pastor Sam Matthews but has a flavor all of his own. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Church Ministry from Family of Faith College where he graduated from in 2003. For seven years he and his wife Yasha have served as the Worship Pastors at Family of Faith, but beginning in 2007 Daniel began feeling the call to the pulpit just as his father did. Humor, sports, and his four kids always somehow get worked into his messages. As Sam travels more extensively these days, Daniel finds himself most Sunday mornings building up and equipping the church body. With a passion to see Family of Faith widen her branches and deepen her roots, Daniel looks forward to serving his church and community in any way he can.
Following the completion of his Master’s Degree in Christian Education Administration from Oral Roberts University, Chris became the administrator of Family of Faith Christian School. A close relationship is maintained with Dr. and Mrs. Matthews to see the vision of the school fulfilled. In the Fall of 2011 he also became the Children’s Church Pastor. His heart is to see young people everywhere touched with the life of Jesus. Chris has served on the Board of Commissioners for the International Christian Accreditation Association (ICAA) and has served as a site committee member for the accreditation of other schools. Chris’ lovely wife, Chrissie, teaches 5th and 6th grade at the school. Together they hope to raise their two children up to love people just as they do.
Youth Pastor/ Media Coordinator
Michael has attended Family of Faith for seventeen years. After graduating from the high school in 2007 he went on to get his Bachelors degree in Church Ministry in 2011. His life demonstrates dedication, consistency, and creativity. He is currently serving as the Media Coordinator, working to keep the church informed and encouraged with assets such as website and graphic designs for activities and updates. He also serves as the Youth Director along with his wife Dara; teaching and guiding this generation to pursue a deeper walk with God and a life lived for Him.
Young Adults Pastor
Toward the end of his college years, Dax Nightingale went from being a radical atheist to a man with a burning passion for Jesus Christ. This passion drives him in everything that he does today. After getting his degree in kinesiology at the University of Southern Indiana, Dax served as the Youth Pastor at Destiny Family Church in Wagoner, Oklahoma for seven years before moving to Shawnee. He has been a member of Family of Faith for five years and teaches high school Science and Math at Family of Faith Christian School. Dax has an amazing ability to lead people in spiritual disciplines, practical disciplines, and in enjoying their everyday walk with Christ; and that is what makes him and his wife, Yanori, the ideal Young Adult Pastors.
Food Pantry Director
Brenda has been a part of Family of Faith since it was just a home Bible Study. For thirty-one years she worked with victims of domestic violence. If one thing could be said about Brenda it is that she loves people. She joined with Daniel Matthews in 2010 to begin developing what is now Yahweh’s Storehouse. It monthly serves around seventy families and continues to grow. When she’s not serving the community, she’s spending time with her ever-growing family of two sons, three granddaughters, and husband Steve.
Ramona has been a part of Family of Faith since 1984. She and her husband, Bob, were born again through the ministry of Sam and Kathy Matthews in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ramona identifies her ministry as a COG. She and her husband do a little bit of everything. Repairs, bookkeeping, babysitting, preaching – you name it; they can do it and have. This family’s dedication and faithfulness have helped grow Family of Faith into what she is today.
Elders (and wives)
Dr. Gary and Sandie Alverson
Jim and Oneta Capps
Ron and Julie Columbus
Dave and Lucie Helseth
Bob and Ramona Janeway
Vaughn and Jan Newman
Dan and Anne Sadberry
Carl and Sue Steele
Jim and Sherri Willis