Matthew Barnett, Best-Selling Author of The Church That Never Sleeps and Pastor of one of America’s fasting growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today.
Son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, Best-Selling Author, Church Growth Pioneer, and pastor of what Time Magazine considers one of the three largest churches in America, he has learned powerful principles of ministry which have gifted him in founding the Dream Center in Los Angeles.
The Dream Center began as a typical local church. But with the fresh vision and desire to impact an entire city that God birthed in Matthew’s heart, the church grew from 39 members at its conception in September of 1994, to reaching more than 30,000 people each week in the Center’s 40 services and nearly two hundred ministries today.
The Dream Center houses close to 600 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Over 40,000 people a week receive food and many other services are offered to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the local community. As of September 2003, there have been over 150 Dream Centers launched around the world.
2001 was a historic year for the Center. Pastor Matthew Barnett and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel united the famous Angelus Temple with the Dream Center. Through a process of two great denominations working together the unification was possible and as of November 1, 2001, Pastor Matthew Barnett became the Senior Pastor of Angelus Temple and the Dream Center. Matthew now has a congregation in excess of 7,000 attending weekly.
Matthew has spoken in some of the largest and most prestigious conventions, conferences, camp meetings, and churches throughout America and the world including Promise Keepers and Hillsong. He has consulted leading businessmen, celebrities, and athletes. Former President George W. Bush has endorsed him with highest regards to his achievements and his church has been recognized several times in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for its contribution to the community. The Los Angeles Times Magazine did a feature story on Matthew Barnett in their July 21, 2002, issue placing him on the cover. Pastor Matthew has also won numerous awards including the Religious Heritage Award in 1999.
Pastor Barnett was married to Caroline in September of 1999, and they serve together in Los Angeles. They have one daughter, Mia Aimee Barnett, born September 2003, and a son, Caden West, born on January 18, 2006.