|Reverend Rickardo Taylor, Sr., Pastor | 1620 S. St. Joseph Street South Bend, Indiana 46613 | 574.287.1451
Reverend Matthew J. Adams is a lifelong resident of the South Bend community. He is recognized as one of God’s
called warriors to teach the word, he’s an advocate for the youth, and is a committed follower of Christ. Since August
2004, Reverend Adams has accepted his call into the ministry as a journey to grow and learn from the divine Trinity—a
journey that began with his birth on January 5, 1970 in South Bend, IN.
Reverend Adams was introduced to the word of God in his youth as a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. He is a proud
Alumnus of John Adams High School and the University of Notre Dame. During his journey, Reverend Adams has served
as a deacon, Vacation Bible School teacher, youth worker and leader in the Men’s Ministry at Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church. Upon becoming an ordained minister, Reverend Matthew Adams has served as an Associate Minister at
Sweet Home Baptist Church, as Pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church; a church that he nurtured from
conception to realization until the Lord saw fit to move Reverend Adams and his family to Mount Carmel Missionary
Baptist Church in March of 2011.
As a man of God, he believes in the impact of faith and prayer in the lives of our youth. As a powerful prayer warrior, he
is passionate about the need for all of God’s people to have a covering and an intimate relationship with our Lord and
Savior. As a devoted husband of 16 years to Chiquita Adams and an involved father of three wonderful children (Jalen,
Coryn, and Evan) Reverend Adams has a sincere desire to allow God to use him and his family in every way possible.
Reverend Lester Davis is a mighty man of God born and raised in Niles, Michigan. He graduated from Niles High
School and has worked in the medical field as a Surgical Technician/Product Specialist for the past 34 years.
Minister Davis served as a Deacon for Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Niles in the early 90’s where he
developed a strong desire to preach.
In 2000, he joined Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church under the teaching of Pastor Rickardo Taylor Sr. Minister
Davis has always been passionate about reaching the youth and was appointed youth Pastor in 2003. In February 2006,
he was ordained into the ministry. Under the leadership of Minister Davis, the youth Wednesday night bible study and
children’s church were developed in 2007.
Minister Davis has been married for 29 years to his high school sweetheart Tammie. They have four wonderful children
and thirteen beautiful grandkids.
Minister Darius Garner is a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Clay High School in 2001 and
attended Alcorn State University where he was a Music Education Major, Assistant Director for the Alcorn State University
Interfaith Gospel Choir, and a member of the Alcorn State University Concert Choir which sung for the inauguration for
President George W. Bush for his last term.
Minister Darius began playing the piano at the age of five and directing choirs at the age of seven. As a high school
student, he was heavily involved with music and performing arts. He was a member and accompanist for the Alcorn State
University men’s Chorale for two years, part of the Natchez Opera Festival for two years, part of a concert series done at
Carnegie Hall in New York, and part of the cast of Porgy and Bess, as well as Treemonisha. Minister Darius was Director
and Musical Advisor for the University of Notre Dame Voices of Faith Gospel Choir for seven years.
Minister Darius is the Minister of Music and Assistant Youth Pastor for Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. He was
called into the Ministry at the age of 22. He has always had a love for and the development of young people. While at
Mount Carmel, he has been blessed to develop many youth ministries, which include but not limited to: Angels of Christ
youth choir, the Drill Team, Silent Praise Mime Ministry and his “prize possession”, the Kingdom Architects. He saw the
importance of God raising up a generation whose main focus was to promote God’s Kingdom and help build it. Therefore
the youth became Architects for the Kingdom of God. Through this God has allowed him to create Live “N” Loud. Live
“N’ Loud is an annual youth explosion that has been in place since 2006. It features the youth ministries of Mount Carmel
as well as other area church and community youth groups. Each year Live “N” Loud takes on a theme to help encourage
youth in the city to stand out from the crowd and be proud young soldiers for the Kingdom of God.
Minister Michael W. Hetrick, is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, is currently attending Bethel College, where he has
received his Associates Degree in 2011. With his love for God as his motivator, Minister Hetrick is now working towards
his Bachelors Degree with a dual concentration of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Ministry. Minister Hetrick is an advocate of
unity, believing that we are all one people; one race created by God in His image. In July 2009, Michael accepted his call
into the ministry and began his formal education after a long journey of growing closer to Christ. He believes in the
concept of “Let the Word of God do the Work of God.” Minister Hetrick was blessed to hear and receive the Word of
God in his youth as a member of Shelocta United Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania. Minister Hetrick has a burning
desire to follow God wherever God may lead him.
He is a twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. During his Christian walk, Michael has served as an Intercessory Prayer
phone line worker, on the Visitation team, Small Group Leader, and Vacation Bible School teacher. The Lord saw fit to
lead Michael to Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in March of 2011 where he preached his first sermon in
September of 2011.
He was a devoted husband of 23 years to the late Deborah Kay Hetrick and father of five children, Ryan Doyle, Kyle
David, Valaria Kay , Micah Danielle, and Marissa Louise.
Minister Carlis Phillips, Sr. is a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Washington High
School and graduated with a B.S. in Sociology from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana.
Minister Phillips attended New Salem Missionary Baptist Church as a youth and has been at Mount Carmel Missionary
Baptist Church for the majority of his adult life. In his years at Mount Carmel, he served as deacon for over 10 years
working in the men’s and prison ministries. In 2006, he transitioned into the role of a minister where he currently serves.
Minister Phillips is married to Darice Austin-Phillips. Minister Phillips has six wonderful children and 14 amazing