Our Team - Earnest Mathis
Earnest Mathis is a retired law enforcement officer with 39 years of service. He retired as a Homicide Detective first and later as a Probation officer in a second career. He comes to the Return To Glory team after the promise that he made to God when he was a street patrol officer with the St. Petersburg Plice Deparment. On June 10, 1979, while responding to a call in the zone he worked he was shot at twice by a distraught World War II veteran John Wilmer Bennett, age 74, who wanted to die by suicide by cop. Both gun shots missed Earnest, who in turn pulled his service revolver rather than return fire, and subsequently talked the shooter into surrendering his gun. This act was done with prayer and direction from the Holy Spirit.