Being called by the Lord Pastor Charles L. King II and his wife Emma L. King conducted the first service for the emerging Saint Matthew Church of God In Christ, on Sunday, October 15, 1995, in the basement of the Portage Avenue 1st Source Bank. The church started with eleven charter members.
This newly formed ministry worshipped in the basement of the bank for eighteen months. In July of 1997, we moved to 141 Haney Street and shared Saint Luke Church of God In Christ with Pastor Fred Preston and his congregation. Once again, we were graced to move on October 5, 1997, to our third location worshiping at the Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, 601 West Colfax Street. The Lord allowed us to be acquainted with a gracious pastor and a lovely congregation.
On April 12, 1998, Resurrection Sunday the Lord blessed us to worship in our first church building at 1523 West Washington Street, the former church of Pastor E.A. McNealy. In August of 1999, The Lord blessed Saint Matthew Church of God In Christ, to obtain the deed to the West Washington Street property. This brought closure to an eighteen-month mortgage. In July 2001 Saint Matthew Church found favor with a man receiving more than three acres of land. On this land will stand the Greater St. Matthew Church, Life Changing Ministry, Inc. In June of 2001, we sold the West Washington Street property. On August 4, 2001, we returned to the Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church to worship until the completion of our new facility.
Pastor Charles L. King II was blessed to have thirteen ministers assisting him in ministry. They included Associate Pastor Charles L. King III, Associate Pastor Archie Shurn, Elder John Wilson, Elder George Matthews, Minister William Crawford, Minister Joyce Shurn, Minister Dior Turner, Minister Staci Wilson, Minister Sarah Softly, Minister Deborah Hunt, Minister Sherry Smith, Elect Lady Emma L. King, and Minister Jamita Maddox.
In February of 2003, we had our first service in the newly erected Greater St. Matthew Church. We had a joyful and exuberant service in our partially completed facility. On April 12, 2003, the Lord blessed Greater St. Matthew Church to complete the construction of the new edifice. The official service was conducted by Bishop Milton L. Hall of Indiana Northern District Church of God In Christ Inc.
In August of 2004, the Lord confirmed to Pastor Charles L. King II through several reputable ministries his elevation to the office of the Apostle. The final confirmation came from Pastor King’s former pastor, Apostle Eugene Ragin’s. According to Acts 1:23-26 and Ephesians 4:11-12 we believe God is still perfecting the church and authorizing Apostles.
In December of 2004, the Lord placed it on the heart of Apostle Charles L. King II to pursue an independent fellowship. Apostle King actively works with regional and national churches throughout the United States seeking perfection of the body of Christ at large.
After several years of operating as the Senior Pastor and an active Apostle, God instructed Apostle King to appoint a pastor. On January 1, 2013, Associate Pastor Charles L. King III, was installed as the Lead Pastor of Greater St. Matthew Church, A Life Changing Ministry Inc., succeeding Apostle King II as the Lead Pastor. Pastor Charles L. King III is a spirit lead innovative pastor poised to minister for years to come. Under his ministry, the church is taking on new life and new families as we continue to promote the Kingdom of God in this generation.
Pastor Charles L. King III
Pastor Charles L. King III is a native of South Bend, IN. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1994 and accepted his call to ministry in 1996. Pastor King has served in ministry for more than a decade. Prior to heeding his ministerial call, he served diligently in various leadership capacities.
1995 - GSMC Charter Member
1995 -1996 Deacon
1996 - 2003 Minister
2003 - 2013 Associate Pastor
2013 - Present - Lead Pastor and Teacher
Pastor King has a rich ministerial legacy that has allowed him to experience many prominent ministries of the world. Pastor King is a servant of his community and has influenced his region by promoting hard work, unity, and the love of God. While working Pastor King meet a woman that would eventually donate more than three acres of land to The Greater St. Matthew Church - Life Changing Ministries Inc. Outside of being, a Pastor Charles is also a Sales Manager for the City of South Bend, IN at the Century Center Convention Center, where he created several comprehensive Christian gatherings. Pastor King is the host of The Hope for Tomorrow Winter Bazaar – that features Christian businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious institutions. Pastor King is the conference host and speaker for Unified – A Gathering of God’s People that brings together regional churches for cooperative ecumenical worship.
In 2013, he was appointed Lead Pastor of the Greater St. Matthew Church - Life Changing Ministries Inc. He serves, as a member of Minorities in Hospitality, is a member of the South Bend, IN Chamber of Commerce, a member of MPI Meeting Professionals International, and is an avid supporter of local charities. It is Pastor King’s vision to create a non-traditional, multicultural, multi-generational ministry that pleases God. Pastor King is also a multi-instrumentalist and a published songwriter that is often found participating in the worship of God. Pastor King is a highly respected full gospel preacher, teacher, and workshop leader.
He is married to the lovely Beverley King, and they have two children, Dinari, and Charles IV. A dynamic preacher and gregarious leader, The Lord continues to use Pastor Charles L. King III to reach all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The mission of Life Changers South Bend Indiana Is to lead people from all cultures to transformation in Christ. We exist to declare and demonstrate the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
GUIDING US IN OUR MISSION ARE OUR CORE VALUES:
- We focus on the needs of man spiritually, mentally, and physically.
- We celebrate diversity and we are an open door for all that desire to worship God.
- We remain true to our Christian heritage and follow the Bible as the inspired word of God.
- We operate with accountability and transparency.
· We believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family, wherein changing a community, and ultimately the world.
· We strive to induce Godly change by edifying the lives that we touch.
· We extend our reach and impact by joining our efforts to like-minded organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally.
· We continually work to improve and expand our ministry, while developing new services to address the unique needs of the communities we serve.
· We rely on strong relationships with our community to provide access to needed services.
THE PURPOSE OF LCSBI
To Teach the Word of God
To Make Disciples of All People
To Spread the Gospel of Christ
To Impact Our Community
To Be a Church Home for All People
WHAT WE BELIEVE AND TEACH
That the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God.
In the triune nature of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and need salvation.
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men.
The infilling of the Holy Spirit is an experience after salvation, and it is the will of God that all be filled.
Healing is provided in the redemptive Work of Christ and is available to every believer.
The church consists of all those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust.
In the personal, visible, imminent return of Jesus Christ.
In water baptism and the observance of the Lord's Supper.