At the age of 16, Mathew Feeley was on a journey to find God. He wasn’t sure exactly for what he was looking, but he knew he wasn’t happy with the way his young life had unfolded. Drugs, alcohol, and a life of crime left Mathew feeling emptier than ever before. He began reading the Bible and speaking with older friends about spiritual matters, but still he was confused and conflicted. In early 1998, a close friend of Mathew’s was tragically killed by a drunk driver in a car accident. The loss of his friend left Mathew facing his own mortality and recognizing the frailty of life. A few weeks later, in April 1999, Mathew attended a youth week of prayer at the Scarborough Seventh-day Adventist Church. During those meetings, Mathew and Kristy were deeply touched by the preaching of Evangelist Claudius Morgan. Through his messages, they came to understand and accept the Bible’s message of salvation and were baptized.
Seeing his pastoral potential, Garnett, Scarborough’s pastor, encouraged Mathew to pursue ministry. Under his leadership and later under the leadership of Pastor Winston Hurlock, Mathew served as an elder in training and eventually pursued a BA in Religious Studies at Canadian University College. Upon his graduation in 2006, he began his ministry as the assistant pastor of the Kingsview Village in Toronto Church. Mathew worked with Pastor Nembhard and later Pastor Hazelwood and experienced a fruitful ministry at Kingsview Village.
Evangelism has been a large part of Mathew’s ministry. During his summers off from CUC, he worked for the Ontario Conference as a Bible worker at the Toronto North Church, among the Filipino churches in the Greater Toronto Area and in Northern Ontario at the Elliot Lake and North Shore churches. After his graduation from CUC, he spent much of his time as a pastor, conducting evangelistic series throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil. He also assisted It Is Written Canada in several of their evangelistic efforts.