Meet Theodore


Theodore Matthews is a powerful communicator and strategic thinker who empowers individuals and organizations with practical tools on how to pivot from where they are so that they can become even better.

Theodore Matthews often referred to as Pastor Teddy is a devoted husband, father, pastor, thriving entrepreneur, sought after speaker, and thought leader.


Pastor Teddy is an innovative communicator that empowers people with the tools needed to maximize their potential, live on purpose, and become barrier breakers. Pastor Teddy is the founder and Lead Pastor of Empowerment Church as well the Executive Director of the Empowerment Foundation, a Community Development Corporation (CDC), committed to the betterment of communities and individuals through holistic development. Pastor Teddy is also a speaker, coach, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team.


For more than a decade Pastor Teddy has been at the helm of senior leadership, having worked both in the public and private sector. He is a problem-solver with a keen ability to take complex situations and break them down into more manageable mile markers. Pastor Teddy provides valuable wisdom and thought leadership as a trusted advisor and coach to key leaders and influencers spanning from C-Suite executives, educational leaders, elected officials, media industry creatives, church leaders, and everywhere in between. 


Pastor Teddy is known for providing practical tools that empower individuals so that they can maximize their potential, live on purpose, and become barrier breakers in their respective fields. 


His leadership and communication ability continue to have a multi-generational effect having inspired and empowered thousands of people across the country with his messages and programs.  His work touches people from all walks of life. “My journey to this place in life was built on a commitment to keep striving forward despite the odds. From being a young African American male growing up in an under-served community, being raised by a single-mother and grandmother, to where I am now, it took commitment and resilience. It took developing a mindset to never allows those factors to become my limitations. Now I consider it part of my life’s mission to help empower others to also become barrier breakers.” 

His pride and joy can be found in his family. Together, he and his wife Jeri have two children, Cami (daughter) and Jayce (son).

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