Dr. Mattoon was saved at the age of 15 in August of 1971, on a missions trip to
Camp of the Woods near Dryden, Ontario, CANADA.
He was not only saved on this trip, but also surrendered to the ministry the night he was saved.
He became active in his home church, Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, Illinois,
where he was trained in aspects of the ministry by Dr. Ron Allen,
Dr. Arno Weniger Jr., and Dr. Greg McLaughlin. Dr.Mattoon has been preaching
since the age of sixteen. His first message was preached on April 7th, 1972, where he
preached on "The Tick of Time" from 2 Corinthians 6:2.
Rod attended the beginning years of Hyles-Anderson College from 1973-1977.
It was there he met his wife Linda. They were married in 1977 and have seven wonderful kids.
In college he also met many good friends, including his dear professor friend, Dr. J. Arnold Fair.
He graduated with honors from the college in 1977. He went on to earn his Doctor of Ministry
degree from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama.
In Texas, he served as an assistant pastor in two churches and took his first senior pastorate at
Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He has been the pastor of
Lincoln Land Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois, since 1991.
The emphasis of his ministry at Lincoln Land has been evangelistic, expository Bible preaching.
There are 65,000 homes in the city of Springfield and the church has been able to get the
Gospel to every home twice. Dr. Mattoon's Gospel tract, With Much Love, has been distributed to 65,000
homes in Springfield. In the twenty-seven years at Lincoln Land, he has to date preached
verse-by-verse through 56 books of the Bible.
The book ministry began in 1999. To date, 67 books have been written.
They are being used in over 215 Bible colleges and institutes across the world and by 26,000 preachers.
They are also being sent to prison libraries for inmates to check out.