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Bio: Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration – 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries – 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a brand new church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

Why “The Comeback Pastor”? I have been passionate about writing for most of my life. When I found that churches weren’t so quick to allow me to be their pastor because divorce hit my home, I turned to blogging because I rarely had a place to preach. I was faithful in the doors that were open, but God was making it clear that it was time to do what He called me to do many years ago and plant a church. This is my “comeback”. More importantly, I have dedicated my life to helping others make a comeback. I believe that the same God who put me back together can do the same for ANYONE. It is not God’s plan for anyone to live in their setback because every setback is a setup for a comeback. If I can help you beyond this blog or you want to know more about me, you can go to any of the following:

matthewwinters1980@gmail.com (email)

linkedin.com/in/matthewdwinters

youtube.com/matthewwinters1980

@matthewwinters6 (Twitter)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of help to you.

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  1. Matthew, greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for stopping by to read and follow Hope For Today. I look forward to reading your blog as well.

    Congratulations on your and Jennifer’s little bundle of joy! May God continue to bless you immensely as you both continue to follow the lead of Holy Spirit for your lives.

    1. Belinda, I am blessed by the fact that God is using this message and have no problem at all with you posting it on your blog. I’m so thankful for the redemptive and restorative power of the Lord Jesus and want all to know that they can find that through repentance.

  2. Thanks for the follow! I also enjoy following and reading blogs by other like minded believers.
    My dad retired from the USAF, Langley AFB when I was 12. I lived there until I went to college at ODU. I was saved but not following the Lord’s guidance!
    The only times I was in Portsmouth was when my dad was hospitalized in Portsmouth Naval Hospital or visited a few friend who lived there.
    Good for you attending Liberty. Anyway, I consider Virginia home since all my major milestones occurred there and that’s where my grandsons and their parents live-now we visit often.

  3. Matthew, I love the look and feel of your blog. It’s professional and appealing. Thank you for your faithfulness in the service of Christ. I look forward to reading your posts. Cheers!

  4. I am always interested, and greatly pleased, at seeing young couples who are serving the Lord. I encourage you both to continue your ministry and announce the Word of God in all of the lands.

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless and keep you and yours always.

    Yours in Christ;
    Michael

  5. I am enjoying your thoughts and heart. I, too, am a divorced pastor. In 2013 God sent me His grace in the form of Debbie, whom I married in 2004. God is so good to us broken people and He reaches out to make us whole again. Blessings on you and your family!

  6. Honesty is the way of a believer to choose from. And i am thankful to God that for your steady and firm believe the word of God. Champions are going through tough times. We look at to Jesus He was our hero , He never had an easy time. From encouragement till weeping for His friend shows , we need that too to be perfect in God’s love. Do the race and and always keep your eyes above as you always do. In Jesus’Name

    * thanks for visiting , Hope was a great inspiration for you, also for those are serving in the Lord i encourage read my book and be inspired again to not sinking but raising for loving others. Find it in my blog.
    http://www.hhhigh.wordpress.com

    May this good word of love and mercy bound you in his arm and bring more people to Him.

    Dariush Youkhaneh
    -Author of Serving The Living God

  7. Thank you again Matthew for joining up with Freedomborn it is appreciated, I’m sorry to hear that your first wife left you, it’s hard when we are Married to unbelievers who walk away, of course we are no longer bound to that Marriage but it does leave scars but than Thankfully Jesus does heal and fade them.

    Many blessings to you and those you Love, hoping that the Beauty and the Joy of Christmas filled your heart with Love that will overflow all year.

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

  8. I was reading through the about page here and I noticed one quote that I liked very much! “It is not God’s plan for anyone to live in their setback because every setback is a setup for a comeback.” Such a true statement! We have to realize that we are only a failure when we stop trying. I look forward to reading through your blogs over the next few weeks!

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