Maynard Matthews began working as Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Winslow Sept. 3. The church voted unanimously to extend a call to Matthews on Aug. 6 after he led in the services that morning.
Matthews came to Winslow from El Paso, Texas, where he was Assistant Youth Pastor at Cielo Vista Church. He also has had experience as Youth Pastor at Vista del Sol Baptist Church in El Paso, Minister of Youth and Music at First Baptist Church of Canutillo in Canutillo, Texas, Minister of Youth and Music at Bethel Baptist Church in El Paso and as Interim Youth Pastor at Mountain View Baptist Church in El Paso.
He is married to Naomi Matthews and the father of two sons: Maynard, Jr. (3 1/2 years) and Michael Alexander (6 months).
Matthews said that he likes life in Winslow so far and has been impressed with the loving and accepting attitudes of the people, especially those in the church. He said that while there were minor adjustments to moving from El Paso to a smaller city, he felt that the transition was easy. "We have found the same opportunity to minister and the same loving people that we left in our church in El Paso," he said.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He transferred there from San Angelo State University and played football for both colleges.
Matthews was born in El Paso and lived there all his life. His father retired from the United States Army in El Paso and was stationed there for most of Maynard's life. He spent several brief tours in Korea and one in Germany, but did not take the family with him.
Matthews cited "Having a positive impact on the teen age population," as a main goal. Said that this is a more difficult time of life today than it was when he was a teenager. The pressures and temptations are much greater now. He said that he wants to be there for them and let them know that somebody cares. "God cares bout what happens to them," he said and we have to see that they know it.
He said that he is very impressed with Pastor David Daffern and feels that the two will work well together. He said that Daffern has done a great deal in getting the church to reach out to the community with activities like the recent community block party.
"We plan to make Winslow our home and to minister and serve here," Matthews said.