Bob & Sharon Mathieu
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Bob and Sharon Mathieu served together in inner city Washington D.C., and lived and worked specifically in Ward 8. Residents in this urban hub are mainly African American and lower to middle class economically. This community is incredibly underserved when it comes to resources.
People are more effectively reached by first responding to their felt needs.
After seeing the need in their community, the Mathieus began ministering to all who would listen some forty-five years ago. The effectiveness of their ministry is linked to the importance of living in the neighborhood where they serve.
“I think that an incarnational witness is powerful, especially in the inner city,” Bob writes. “Living here enables us to get to know our neighbors, and they get to know us. It gives us empathy as we experience the same struggles, the same joys, and the same challenges that they face. It is no longer ‘them,’ but ‘us’.”
Bob and Sharon’s ministry consists of church planting, computer learning centers, Bible clubs and studies, jail ministry, day camps, teachers’ resource center, and Extreme Makeover: Neighborhood Edition. They also share the love of Christ with local children through Camp Dynamite, a popular and effective ministry that has been attended by over 4,000.
The Mathieus have served as InFaith field staff since 1970.
Bob and Sharon have partnered with many other ministries throughout their lives. Their ministry is characterized by creativity and strategic partnerships. Bob has been awarded the Citywide Father of the Year. Sharon has been recognized with the Noble Character Award from over three hundred ministering women.