Kenneth Matthews

Kenneth Matthews

October 7, 1939 – October 14, 2023

Kenneth Matthews was born on October 7, 1939, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Fletcher and Genevieve Jones Matthews. He was the oldest of sixteen siblings and graduated from Baltimore’s Douglass High School in 1957.

At the age of seventeen, Kenneth was drawn to the military and enlisted in the Air Force. He had a successful career traveling the world for twelve years.

In 1968, he left the armed forces and started his career with the US Postal Service. After numerous promotions, he successfully achieved the status of Postal Manager for several stations in the Omaha area.

Kenneth was baptized in Jesus’ Name as a child raised in the First Apostolic Faith Church in Baltimore, and in 1968, was filled with the Holy Ghost under the leadership of Elder James Foster.

On July 22, 1961, Kenneth met and married his life partner, Betty Jean (Hill) Matthews. Out of this union, two children, a girl and a boy, were born. Kenneth led a life full of faith and service and was a strong example for his children. He was a fervent student, teacher, and preacher of the word of God, which he lived.

Kenneth has been a faithful and dedicated servant of the Lord, taking on various ministry and leadership roles.  He was a fiery minister and teacher of the gospel and has mentored many in their walk with the Lord. He was elevated to Assistant Pastor and served under Bishop Nelson Turner for many years until he moved his ministry to Aurora, Colorado. Throughout his ministry, he remained a passionate advocate for Sunday School programs and has served as Sunday School Superintendent in the Tri-state Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW).

In Aurora, he founded the Bethlehem Apostolic Church and, later transitioned leadership to Bishop Jeffrey Clint Senior. Kenneth was a staunch supporter of this ministry until he returned to Omaha in 2020 and once again assumed the role of preacher, teacher, leader, mentor, and servant in GBT under Bishop Calvin J. Gould Sr.

Kenneth transitioned from this life on October 14, 2023. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Betty J Matthews; mother, Genevieve Matthews; son, Kenneth Todd Matthews (Nicole); daughter, Michelle Matthews Ryan (Joseph); brothers: Noble Matthews, Lamont Matthews (Patricia), and Bryan Matthews; sisters: Phyllis Geddie (David), Eulalia Willoughby (Bobbie), Charlene Smalls, Wilma Jeter (Sonny), Sharice-Renee Matthews, Marlene Price, Carla Matthews; four grandchildren: Kendyll Ryan, Joseph Ryan II, Dillon Rose, Kenzie Matthews; and a host of relatives and friends.

VISITATION: Monday, October 23, 2023, 6-8 p.m. at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 10 a.m., Greater Beth-el Temple, 1502 N 52nd St. followed by INTERMENT with Military Honors: 12:30 p.m., Omaha National Cemetery, 14250 Schram Rd. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Susan Keys-Bennett Posted October 22, 2023 9:38 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Shorty. Sending prayers from your Indy family. Love you all.

  • Charles & Chanell Thomas Posted October 23, 2023 7:06 am

    We express our sincerest condolences to our Aunt Michelle, and Uncle Joseph, cousins Kendyll and Joseph, and the rest of the Matthews family. We love you and pray God’s peace and comfort be with you.

  • Terry and Teresa Hanzlik Posted October 23, 2023 8:00 am

    To Betty and all of the family: Our deepest sympathy wishes on the passing of Ken. We will miss seeing him everyday as he went to get the mail and sitting on the deck. He will always be in our hearts. Be rest assured he is with the angels in paradise today. Your neighbors, Terry and Teresa

  • David Clute Posted October 23, 2023 11:06 am

    My fondest memories of Elder Matthews were watching Husker football games at his house when I was a teenager. He welcomed me along with many others into his home. He also gave me sound advice when, as a young man, I confided in him regarding a spiritual struggle. I send my condolences and prayers to his wife (my Sunday School teacher) as well as to Michelle and Todd.

  • Margaret A Ryan Smith Posted October 23, 2023 4:55 pm

    Sending my condolences to my Sister in law Michelle my brother Joseph neice and nephew Kendyll and Joseph to Miss Betty praying for strength and peace.

  • PATRICIA HARRIS Posted October 23, 2023 5:35 pm

    Praise the Lord, and Good Evening, to the family of Elder Kenneth Matthews! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you both mourn the loss of and yet Rejoice over the life of your husband, father, Saint, Assistant Pastor, Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, and so much more!!

    As you already know,God has you in the Palm of His Hands and will comfort, strengthen, keep, and bring you Peace that Only He can give. Ever lean on Jesus, because He sticks closer than any Brother! He Never Sleeps, and He Never Slumbers!

    God Bless you all, in the name of Jesus Christ,
    SIS. Patricia Harris

  • Chinara Bruce Posted October 24, 2023 8:57 am

    Sending our love. May you you find comfort and peace.

  • Denise YoungBess Posted October 24, 2023 9:27 am

    Sincere condolences to Family and Friends.

  • Elder Ronald Queen Posted October 24, 2023 9:54 am

    Condolences And Prayers!

  • Tony Parsons Posted October 24, 2023 10:03 am

    Sending my thoughts condolences and prayers to Aunt Betty, Michelle, and Todd oh death were is 1 Corinthians 15:55-58

  • Rochelle A Wallace Posted October 24, 2023 11:49 am

    So sorry 😞 for your loss!!! He will truly be MISSED.

  • Charles & LaTreasha Lewis Posted October 24, 2023 11:53 am

    My heart is broken hearing of Elder Matthews passing. He was so instrumental in bringing my family together in the faith. We grieve with Mother Matthews and the family. May the light of his love and wisdom forever shine through us.

  • Keyynna Williams Posted October 24, 2023 11:58 am

    Sorry for you loss

  • Kayrele Taylor Posted October 24, 2023 12:07 pm

    I will never forget the impact he had on my life. I know he made God proud! You will forever be missed Elder Matthews ❤️ RIH 🕊️

  • Constance Shields Posted October 24, 2023 3:44 pm

    My heart is so heavy! When we first came to Bethlehem I was just a baby and I grew up with you and pastor Mathew! The love you guys gave to our family will forever be in my heart! I love you sister Mathew! I’m so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your strength -cece Rochelle’s youngest daughter

  • Rochelle Wallace Posted October 24, 2023 6:11 pm

    Thank you Elder Matthew and Mother Matthew for being apart ❤️ of mines and my FAMILY’S LIFE!!! my payers are with you and the family. GOD BLESS 🙌🏽 🙏🏽 ❤️

  • Debra Blanton Dorsey Posted October 25, 2023 9:25 pm


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