About the Leaders


Rev. Bob & Rev. Phyllis Honeysett have worked in the area of sexual and relational brokenness for over 20 years. After several years of working with another ministry, they branched off on their own in 1998 and founded Matthew 19:26 Ministries in the Chelsea/Greenwich  Village section of New York City. Their
vision was to create a Christ-centered training and discipleship ministry dedicated to those struggling in the area of sexuality and relationships.

A former actor, Bob received his ministerial training at Berean School of the Bible, the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM), and Elim Bible Institute.  He has an extensive background in urban ministry, street evangelism, homeless ministry, curriculum development and adult Bible education.  Bob is an ordained minister and home missionary with Elim Fellowship in Lima, NY.

Phyllis (DeArruda) accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at age 13 as a result of her own parents’ salvation.  During her college years, she sensed the Lord calling her to serve in Africa.  Realizing the need for training in biblical studies and missionary preparation, Phyllis attended Elim Bible Institute from 1980 to 1982.  She served as a missionary in Kenya from 1982 to 1984.  She returned to the U.S. in 1984, relocating to NYC where she met Bob at the New York School of Urban Ministry.  Phyllis is an ordained minister and home missionary with Elim Fellowship in Lima, NY. She is also a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher. 

In 2002, Bob and Phyllis co-produced a concert entitled A NIGHT OF HOPE FOR NEW YORK CITY with song writer/worship leader Dennis Jernigan.  The concert was a huge success and helped kick-off the Living Waters program that ran in New York City from 2002 to 2005.

Bob and Phyllis have spoken and taught in numerous churches on the subject of walking in freedom and wholeness. They have shared this work and facilitated seminars at churches and Bible schools including Dr. Michael Brown’s F.I.R.E. School in New York City.  They have also appeared on Christian television numerous times to share the work of Matthew 19:26 Ministries.

The ministry is currently based in Fort Worth, TX and they are members of Bethesda Community Church.

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