Associate Pastor Matthew McElyea

Pastor Matthew McElyeaMatthew was born in St. Louis and raised in Cedar Hill by Don and Vicky McElyea. His parent’s taught him about the Father’s love and about who Jesus is.  At the age of 12, Matthew understood that he needed Jesus in Miss Wanda’s Sunday School class, and then became a follower of Christ in the children’s church.

Matthew felt God’s call to preach at the age of 16. From that point on, he started a journey of learning, studying, and finding out as much as he could about God through His Word.  He preached many different times in different denomination’s until he landed at the First Free Will Baptist Church in DeSoto. He worked with Pastor Bob Thebeau there, for a while, and even worked with his soon to be father-in-law Roger Driggs as an associate pastor.

Matthew and his wife Melinda have four children. He graduated at the top of his class from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.  He’s cooked for millionaires, but God has a bigger plan.

On October 12, 2015, Matthew had a car wreck that nearly claimed his life. Through that, God has brought Matthew closer to Him.

Matthew now serves as the Associate Pastor and over Discipleland Ministries.  He’s excited to see what God has in store for the children of our community.


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