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Dr. C. Jay Matthews I

 Dr Matthews

Dr. C. Jay Matthews, I, is the senior pastor of Mount Sinai Ministries and has served in ministry for nearly thirty-five years.  Before accepting his current position, he was the Chaplain at the Cuyahoga County Youth Development Center as well as the youth pastor and assistant pastor of Mount Sinai Baptist Church.  Under his leadership Mount Sinai has grown to become a non-traditional church with more than 4,000+ members.

Dr. Matthews is a civil rights activist and is one of the leading children, juvenile and family advocates in our community. .  He has served as a member of The Greater Cleveland Partnership, He is the Past President of the United Pastors in Mission, and he has also served on the board of United Way Services’, the Adoption Task Force and was Chairman of One Church One Child.  He was chairman of the local NAACP’s Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.  He was a member of the Governors, Juvenile Justice System and was the Chairman of the Technical Assistance Committee for the Housing Commission of the National Baptist Convention U. S. A., Inc.  Dr. Matthews currently works with SCIT, a partnership with The Cleveland Clinic to stop cancer and bring health awareness to the community.

Dr. Matthews is currently developing a comprehensive strategy to end youth and young adult violence within the community. As past President of SCLC, Dr. Matthews was involved in several Stop the Violence Campaigns.  Dr. Matthews has joined a national network of churches to build “Healing Communities,” which specifically targets Returning Citizens, those incarcerated and their families.

Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies, a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry.  He is married to Pastor Jacquelyn D. Farris-Matthews and is the proud father of two daughters, two sons and seven grandchildren.