Tommy Barnett is the Senior Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America, Phoenix First Assembly of God, in Phoenix, Arizona. The church is known asÂ The Church with a Heart, because of its 260 outreach ministries.
In September 1994, Tommy Barnett, with his son Matthew Barnett, launched theÂ Los Angeles Dream CenterÂ as a home missions project. Beginning with a church averaging 48 people on a Sunday morning, the ministry is now reaching over 40,000 per month. Located in the heart of the inner city of Los Angeles at the former Queen of Angeles Hospital. The Dream Center is rescuing and rehabilitating people from addictions, homelessness, and abuse, including victims of human trafficking. Reaching out to gang members, unwed mothers, and emancipated youth, as well as feeding the hungry and needy, the â€œDream Centerâ€, gives people hope and an opportunity to â€œDream Againâ€. The Dream Center epitomizes Pastor Barnettâ€™s quote,Â â€œFind a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.â€Â Pastor Tommy Barnett co-pastors with his son Matthew Barnett in providing the vision, leadership skills, training, and financial management for the ministry.
As a boy, the preacherâ€™s son had a dream: a church that remained open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This church would serve the inner-citiesâ€™ physical and spiritual needs, bringing a message of hope to the seemingly hopeless. The Dream Center is the fulfillment of that dream. Pastor Matthew Barnett founded The Dream Center in 1993, starting an international movement reaching from South America to Sweden.
Matthew Barnett, author of the New York Times Best Seller,Â The Cause within You, and pastor of one of Americaâ€™s fastest growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today. At the age of 38, he is fulfilling the roles of people who have been in the ministry for years. Son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author, church growth pioneer, and pastor of whatÂ Time MagazineÂ noted as â€œOne of the three largest churches in America,â€ Pastor Matthew has learned powerful principles of ministry, which have gifted him in founding The Dream Center in Los Angeles.
The Dream Center began as a typical local church. With the fresh vision and desire to impact the entire city that God birthed in Matthewâ€™s heart, the church grew from 39 members at its conception in September of 1994, to reaching more than 40,000 people each week in the Centerâ€™s multiple services and 273 ministries and outreaches today. The Dream Center houses close to 500 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Every week people receive food and many other services are offered to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the community. As of April 2002, there have been over 130 Dream Centers launched around the world.
Pastor Matthew has spoken in some of the largest and most prestigious conventions, conferences, camp-meetings and churches throughout America and the world including Promise Keepers and Hillsong. He has consulted leading businessmen, celebrities, and athletes. President George W. Bush has endorsed him with the highest regards to his achievements, and his church has been recognized several times in theÂ New York TimesÂ and theÂ Los Angeles Timesfor its contribution to the community.
Matthew and his wife, Caroline, have two children, Mia Aimee and Caden West.
In 1996, Caroline came to The Dream Center after hearing her family discuss the work being done there. After her visit, Caroline felt God calling her to volunteer at the Center. At 18, Caroline and her best friend started the Food Truck Ministry delivering food to impoverished families and individuals each day. Today, more than 40,000 people are fed each month through this outreach ministry.
In 1999, Caroline wed Dream Center Senior Pastor Matthew Barnett, and they have two children, daughter Mia Aimee, and son Caden West. Together, they have ignited a spark in the inner-city of Los Angeles. The Dream Center is currently reaching thousands of people every week for the Lord Jesus Christ, providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other necessities.
In 2001, Matthew and Caroline also became the senior pastors of Angelus Temple, the birthplace of the Foursquare denomination, giving The Dream Center ministry a much needed sanctuary. Together, the historic Angelus Temple and The Dream Center are reaching thousands of people in Los Angeles and are truly effecting change in an impoverished area of a hurting city where many believed a large church could never exist at all.
Caroline has played a pivotal role in program development at The Dream Center. Programs such as the Family Floor, a transitional program for homeless families, and Project Prevention, a foster care intervention program designed to keep families together, and many more have all been created out of her desire to help families succeed. Caroline also leads Angelus Templeâ€™s womenâ€™s ministry. She is passionate about inspiring the women of the church to find their God-given cause to change this world with just a little bit of effort and a lot of faith; simply their willingness.