Derold R. Doughty, Senior Pastor of Apostolic Center Church, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pastor Doughty graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1958. He attended LSU for a year and a half and then felt his call to the ministry. He pursued this call by enrolling in Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN, graduating in 1963. He continued his education at Bethel College and attained his Bachelor’s in Theology. From 1963-1966, he evangelized throughout the United States with his wife, Judy. Then in late 1966, he accepted the pastorate of Calvary United Pentecostal Church, in Chicago, IL and was pastor there until October of 1979. He, along with his wife and their 5 children, moved to Mattoon, IL in October of 1979 to accept the pastorate of Apostolic Center Church. All through his ministry, he has held positions such as the Illinois United Pentecostal Youth President and has been on the board of Compassion International. One of his greatest passions is foreign missions. Pastor Doughty has ministered in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and South America, blessing congregations and building churches for over 50 years. He has been the Pastor of Apostolic Center for close to 40 years and continues to reach for Mattoon and the surrounding communities, pointing them to Jesus. Pastor Doughty is proud of his 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He reminds them that as the Bible says in 3John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth..”
Rev. Shine Doughty has been in the ministry since 1986. He started his ministry on the evangelistic field and then in 1994 he was voted in as co-pastor of First Apostolic Church, or now currently known as Apostolic Center. He is honored to be pastoring alongside his father, Rev. Derold Doughty who is senior pastor at Apostolic Center.
Pastor Shine has always had a heart for people and a passion for apostolic truth! Not only does he have a passion for Mattoon, has been very active in global missions. He has ministered all over the world and he doesn’t want to just keep this apostolic message local but his motto is give and go!
Pastor Shine has been married for 26 years to his beautiful wife Lisa Doughty and they have 2 children. Spending time with them is one of his greatest pleasures.
Sister Lisa Doughty
Pastor’s Wife / Prayer Coordinator / Ladies Ministries Director / In-Touch Sunday School Teacher
Sis. Lisa Doughty is instrumental to the heartbeat of Apostolic Center. She functions as the Prayer Coordinator, Ladies Ministries Director, the In-Touch Sunday School Teacher (ages 18-23) and is a worship leader. She teaches Bible studies and marriage classes, including a pre-marriage course at Apostolic Center. Sis. Lisa is passionate about building strong marriages and helping others maintain their relationships with God.
Before turning to ministry full time, Sis. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught first grade. She later became a Certified Reading Recovery Teacher and worked as Reading Recovery Specialist in public education for several years.
The couple reside in Mattoon and have two children.
Duane Pope is a UPCI ordained minister and has been ministering for the past 44 years. His responsibilities as Associate Pastor at Apostolic Center include financial counseling, leadership training, pastoral support and recognition, and teaching. Outside of Apostolic Center, he has 42 years of business experience and currently is a self-employed Certified Financial Planner.
Among his many ministerial passions is his passion for missions’ travel and teaching. He and his wife Lorena have ministered in over eight countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, and the Czech Republic.
Sis. Lorena Pope has been ministering alongside her husband for the past 44 years. In addition to ministry, she spent 23 years teaching elementary and special education in public schools and spent an additional 11 years counseling and assisting parents in public education before retiring and pursuing ministry full time. She is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and teaches, counsels, provides leadership training, and supplies pastoral support and recognition at Apostolic Center.
Her passions include encouraging others to find their passion, leadership, and missions work. She is currently a board member for the New Beginnings International Children and Family Services (NBI) in Tupelo, Mississippi. The couple has two children and six grandchildren and consider all at Apostolic Center their extended family.
Cory and Charity Sanders
Associate Pastor Cory Sanders serves many roles at Apostolic Center. He is the Director of Outreach and First Touch Ministries, Director of Missions, and Director of Children’s Ministry. He is a UPCI licensed minister, and he and his wife, Charity, have embarked on mission trips around the world spreading the Apostolic message. In addition to his responsibilities at Apostolic Center, Bro. Cory is a managing broker and maintains a real estate license. He owns five small businesses and serves on the Coles County Board.
Sis. Charity Sanders assists her husband in outreach, missions, and children’s ministries; and she serves as the Director of Sunday School Promotions. Sis. Charity taught middle school for nine years and is currently an autism consultant for a special education co-op.
The Sanders are life-long residents of Mattoon and have four daughters.
Matt and Kelli Pope
Matt and Kelli Pope have served in ministry at Apostolic Center for over twenty years. Both are youth pastors and Sunday School teachers for newly married couples. In addition, Kelli serves as the bookkeeper/accountant for Programs and Special Events.
Outside of Apostolic Center, Matt is an insurance agent and investment advisor, while Kelli is a Financial Aid Accountant for Lake Land College.
Matt has a passion for helping people find and unlock their unique God-given purpose; he also is passionate about assisting and organizing integral parts for successful church programs and operations. Kelli enjoys working with newly married couples and encouraging people to find their passion.
The couple have two children and reside in Mattoon.
Jeremy Doughty was born to two ordained apostolic preachers, Derold and Judy Doughty. Ministry has been his heritage and passion. Jeremy has been an associate pastor since 1998 coordinating: church services, worship ministries, college and careers (In Touch) ministries, and Mattoon Youth Choir tours both in North America and abroad.
Jeremy has traveled on many missions trips since he was 15 years old. He has visited 38 countries around the world and lived in Estonia for a summer pastoring and overseeing the work there.
For nineteen years Jeremy has been an educator in the special education field. Currently, he serves as an assistant director for a special education cooperative.
Along with his ministries and professional life, Jeremy enjoys traveling, being with family and friends, and “doing life” with his church family!
Marlo Spidle is the Minister of Music at Apostolic Center in Mattoon, Illinois. She is passionate about preparing the next generation for ministry. Marlo directed the Mattoon Youth Choir for 20 years and currently directs the Apostolic Center Sanctuary Choir. Her passion for music and love for building people has led her to pursue music in many different areas. Marlo has been involved in leading choir clinics around the United States, as well as teaching music ministry classes at Music Conferences around the country and UPCI General Conference. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University. Marlo holds certifications in Kindermusik and Real Colors. She loves spending time with her husband, Tim, and 3 children, Tell, Abigail, and Parish, her friends, and mentoring young people to pursue their passion for music and Jesus.