Church History
With hunger to learn more about the Lord and religion,
Pastor Mathis enrolled in Barbara King’s School of Ministry
and completed a two-year study. During this time he met
and married Carolyn. They have been blessed with four
beautiful daughters, Angela, Quiana, Khadija, and Rukiya,
a son-in-law, Francis, grandson, Francis Lakyus, and grand
daughter Brielle Burris.  

In 1986, Apostle Mathis answered his call by God to
preach the gospel while attending New Macedonia Baptist
Church. He was ordained by Pastor Gerry Anderson and
served under his leadership as an associate minister.

Later he was introduced to Morris Cerullo, World
Evangelist Minister, where Apostle Mathis served as an
elder in ministry.

In 1989, Apostle Mathis joined St. Peter Missionary Baptist
Church under the leadership of Pastor Howard Creecy, Jr.
and became an associate minister. He served faithfully
until the Lord led him to start a church.

In May of 1992, Apostle Charles Mathis was led and
instructed by the Holy Spirit and founded Emmanuel House
of Prayer and Word of Truth, Inc. which is presently name
Apostle Charles Mathis, Founder
Apostle Charles Mathis gave his life to Christ in 1976. He was baptized at Wheat Street Baptist Church
under the leadership of Pastor Border. He was a very faithful member there for a number of years.
as Emmanuel Light of the World International Church.  The Church’s foundation is grounded solidly in
prayer and the word of God. Emmanuel Light of the World has brought forth several outreach ministries
which include the Homeless Mission Ministry, Prison Ministry, Witnessing Ministry, Deliverance Ministry,
Radio Ministry, and Cell Prayer Ministry.

In October of 2000, Charles Mathis and his beautiful wife Carolyn was ordained as Apostle and Pastor of
Emmanuel Light of the World International Church by Dr. Henry and Anne Jones of I AM Harvest Network,

God led Apostle Mathis around the world to preach the gospel in various countries such as Cameroon,
Paris, Martinique, and China, just to name a few. He devoted his time to counseling, teaching, witnessing,
and praying for his members and lost souls everywhere. Charles motto was to win souls and to make
disciples for the Kingdom of God. After fighting a hard battle with his illness, on May 22, 2007 he saw
Jesus. In the quiet, cool hours of the morning he closed his eyes to rest forever with his Lord, Jesus

Apostle Mathis’s “Future Vision” for Emmanuel Light of the World International Church, Inc. is a church in
the round with twelve stories.     
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