Chaplain Matthew Barnes is blessed to have an incredible Christian heritage. Growing up in a pastor’s family, he was taught the importance of ministering to others. Matthew’s father is the pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Sunman, Indiana, and Matthew is a missionary sent out of HBC.
Matthew was called to preach at the age of 19, and after seven years of biblical study and on-the-job-training, he was ordained January 11, 2003. He has had the opportunity to minister in many different venues over the years: from missions conferences to prayer breakfasts, weddings to funerals, and from rescue missions to the Indiana Statehouse.
Matthew worked for several years bi-vocationally with a desire to go into full-time ministry. In the fall of 2004, after listening to a sermon on praying for political leaders, God placed a burden on Matthew's heart to begin a ministry in the Indiana Statehouse. A short time later, he founded Public Servants' Prayer.
Since 2004, ministry in the Statehouse has expanded in more ways than could have been imagined. God has provided Matthew with incredible opportunities to lead Bible Studies, Chapel Services, Annual Statehouse Prayer Services, Prayer Breakfasts, and Pastors’ Statehouse Days. These events, combined with faithful interaction within the capitol community, have opened many doors for sharing the Good News and testimonies of God’s faithfulness.
In addition, Matthew travels to many churches throughout the United States with an extended vision. He desires to see them gain a passion for ministry to their individual elected leaders through prayer, encouragement, and the Word of God.
You can reach Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org
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