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Thomson K. Mathew, D.Min., Ed.D.

Dr. Thomson K. Mathew is a third generation minister. His grandfather and
father were Pentecostal preachers in Kerala, South India. He graduated from
Bishop Moore College of Kerala University and received the Master of Divinity
and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Yale University. He holds two
doctorates: a Doctor of Ministry from ORU and a Doctor of Education from
Oklahoma State University. Dr. Mathew is a Board Certified Chaplain in the
Association of Professional Chaplains and a Clinical Member of the Association
of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Dr. Mathew served as a pastor in Connecticut before becoming a part of Oral
Roberts University in 1981. He was a chaplain and professor of Pastoral Care
and has served as Dean of the ORU School of Theology and Missions for the
past ten years. He is author of three books: Ministry Between Miracles (2002);
Spirit-led Ministry in the 21st Century (2004); and What Will Your Tombstone
Say? (2008).

Dr. Mathew and his wife, Molly, have two adult daughters, a psychologist and an
attorney. Both are graduates of ORU.

 Articles by this Author

When I graduated from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut in 1975, there were no Indian Pentecostal churches in the state of Connecticut to ordain me or to hire me.  People like me who remained in America after their education sought ordination and ministry positions in American churches.  Things have drastically changed since then.  Today there are hundreds of Keralite Pentecostal churches and tens of thousands of believers across America.  Most of these churches are pastored by ministers born, raised and, in most cases, trained in India.  As the American churches are raising a second generation of Keralite believers, these pastors are working hard to meet the changing needs of their congregations.
MINISTERING TO YOUNG PEOPLE anywhere is a challenging task.  It is even more so among immigrant Indians in the United States.  Individuals who have attempted to minister to Indian Christian youth in the US will all agree that traditional youth ministry methods practiced in India will not be most effective; only a contextual understanding of their unique needs and issues and special grace of the Lord can enable an effective ministry.