Apostle Matthew Norwood
Apostle Matthew Norwood served as Pastor of Bible Way Ministries International in Atlanta, Georgia for forty-four years. In October 2006 in Planned Ministry Transition, Dr. Monte Norwood, eldest son of Apostle Norwood, was elevated to Senior Pastor and Apostle Norwood transitioned to Bishop-of-the-House and a world-wide ministry allowing him to serve the Body of Christ nationally and internationally.
In 2007, Apostle Norwood was elevated to the esteemed position of Presiding Apostle of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 2010, he was elected to serve a second term as Presiding Apostle. His duties as Presiding Apostle include oversight of over five hundred churches in the United States and global outreach in twenty countries abroad; administrative leader of Twelve Apostolic Leaders of the organization, and the Cabinet of International Departments and Auxiliary Leaders.
On the Regional level he oversees the states of Georgia and Alabama. Internationally, he leads Global Missions with the goal of fulfilling the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Global Missions is active in West Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, India, Africa and Guyana, South America. He supports the Matthew Norwood School in Liberia, West Africa and assists many students in their educational pursuits.
His civic affiliations include former President of the 6th Precinct Ministerial Association, member of Thomasville Civic Association and the NAACP. He is a graduate of Morehouse College with a B.A. degree in Psychology, an M.A. degree from Atlanta University in Educational Psychology, a Master of Theology and Th. D. from Immanuel Bible College and Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia. He is an educator, gifted Bible expositor and inspiring conference speaker. He served as adjunct professor at the W. L. Bonner College in Columbia, South Carolina at its inception. He is a leader in the work of Evangelism and soul-winning, instructing believers to share the Good News of the Gospel. His former television and radio ministry reached many households across the city of Atlanta and beyond, and was known for his concise teaching and systematic studies in the Word.
On April 4, 2013, Apostle Norwood was inducted into the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors and Collegium of Scholars at the Morehouse College Crown Forum Induction Ceremony.
Married to the deceased Lady Miriam Norwood (Spelman class of ’58), for 57 years, they are the parents of five children who are active in ministry, and ten grandchildren being reared in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He has a passion to equip pastors and aspiring ministers to meet expectations of 21st century ministry. He is the author of The Call of God to the Christian Ministry, a book of practical principles for Christian workers. As a spiritual leader for over fifty years, Apostle Norwood has a call on his life, as the prophet Jeremiah: “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).