Mud Creek Baptist Church
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dr. Greg T. Mathis - Biography
Gregory Thomas Mathis was born on December 19, 1954 in North Wilkesboro, NC to proud parents Kaye Brown Mathis and Rev. Buddy Mathis. Greg and his three sisters grew up in a Christian home with close ties to both sides of his family. Our Pastor’s early footsteps with God began when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the tender age of nine. In his formative years, Greg was blessed to have a strong Christian heritage and a family with many ministers. In particular, Greg’s Grandfather, Rev. Clate Brown had a great influence on Greg’s life serving as his mentor and guide.
Pastor Mathis began to feel the call to preach in his senior year of high school. He surrendered to this call and entered Gardner-Webb College in 1974. During his years at Gardner-Webb, Pastor Mathis would travel to Doe Run Baptist Church in Ararat, VA, where he served as Interim Pastor. Here, Pastor Mathis met his lovely wife, Deborah Hiatt. Greg and Deborah Mathis were married on January 2, 1977. Shortly after Pastor Mathis graduated Gardner-Webb in 1977, he entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at seminary, Greg served as pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Dugspur, VA. During this time, Greg and Deborah started their family with the birth of their first child, Alison Leigh, in 1979. After being called to Mud Creek in 1980, Greg and Deborah continued to grow their family with the birth of two sons, Jared Thomas and Bret Thomas. Greg and Deborah have four grandchildren - Gavin Gosnell, Pressley Gosnell, Keyton Mathis, and Roman Mathis.
Mud Creek Baptist Church has been blessed for over 30 years with a pastor who is widely known and honored for his Christ-centered leadership. Pastor Greg Mathis has been recognized both locally and nationally for his excellent service in ministry. Pastor Mathis has served as Professor of Evangelism at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute for 30 years. In 1997, Pastor Mathis was the recipient of the J.D. Canipe Teaching Award at Fruitland.
Pastor Greg Mathis is known for his leadership in our state convention. Pastor Mathis served two terms as President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. In addition, he served as President of the North Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference. In our state convention, Pastor Mathis has also served on the General Board, the Executive Committee, and the Budget Committee.
Our Pastor has received numerous awards noting his exceptional abilities. Pastor Mathis was awarded the L.B. and Mabel Reavis Scholar Award by Campbell University in 1998. He was also honored in August 2000 by Governor James B. Hunt, who presented Pastor Mathis with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service to the state of North Carolina. In 2001, Pastor Greg Mathis received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Gardner-Webb University. Pastor Mathis was honored by Congressman Charles Taylor in 2003 with a Certificate of Special Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community.
Pastor Mathis continues to influence many within our state and our nation. He has served on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and the Resolutions Committee. Pastor Mathis continues to preach in many churches across the nation, and was named by the Biblical Recorder as one of the most influential people in Baptist life. Pastor Mathis continues to bless our church with strong leadership, character, and integrity.
Much like the vision for building that God gave to Nehemiah, our Pastor has sought God’s will for our church, and has led his congregation through years of growth and blessings. When our Pastor came to Mud Creek Baptist Church in 1980, the church rolls reflected 700 members and a Sunday School enrollment of 300. As our young Pastor led a growing congregation, the need for additional space became obvious.
In 1987, the church dedicated a new multipurpose building for recreation and fellowship, now known as the Family Life Center. At this time, the existing educational space was renovated, and additional parking was provided. In the years that followed, Mud Creek Baptist Church saw an explosion in the number of members in the congregation. The church began two Sunday morning worship services in 1990 due to a need for more worship seating.
Because our church was experiencing such tremendous growth, the construction of a 1300 seat sanctuary was completed in December 1995. By 1998, Mud Creek provided two Sunday morning services and two hours of Sunday School. Membership grew to over 1800 while Sunday School rolls topped 900. Because of a need for additional space, construction for a new administrative building was completed in September 2001.
Mud Creek Baptist Church continues to experience growth in congregational numbers. In the spring of 2005, Mud Creek Baptist Church purchased additional property for parking, created a missions storage building, created a family park, and constructed a 500 seat balcony in the sanctuary. Membership has increased to over 2600, with even greater numbers attending weekly.
During the Bright Past Bold Future campaign, our Pastor shared with us that God has given him a vision of what the future holds for Mud Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Mathis continues to share God’s vision for our church family, and our congregation continues to grasp this vision to help bring it into reality.