Dr. Thomson Mathew
Professor of Pastoral Care, Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Dr. Mathew is a third generation minister. His grandfather and father were both Pentecostal preachers in South India. With a B.S. degree from Kerala University, India, he entered the Yale Divinity School in 1972 where he received M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees.
After pastoring a church in Connecticut for five years, he joined the Oral Roberts Ministries in 1981 as a chaplain at the City of Faith Medical Center. He recalls praying with the first patient in the City of Faith Hospital! He went on to receive a D.Min. from ORU in 1986 and an Ed.D. in 1992 from Oklahoma State University. He is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Clinical Member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He joined the seminary faculty full time in 1989 as professor of Pastoral Care and served as Dean of the College of Theology and Ministry from January 1, 2000 through July 2016.
Dr. Mathew and his wife Molly have two adult daughters, a psychologist and a lawyer. Both are graduates of ORU. They love to travel together. Singapore is their daughters' favorite spot in Asia.
He is a bi-lingual writer of books and articles. He has three texts in print in the US: What Will Your Tombstone Say? (2008), Ministry Between Miracles (2002) and Spirit-led Ministry in the 21st Century (2004). He has had the opportunity to preach at possibly the smallest church on earth (a church that met in a garage) and in the largest church in the world -Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea, pastored by Rev. David Yonggi Cho.
Encouraging people to follow God's call on their lives and teaching pastoral theology are the two things Dr. Mathew loves doing most. He considers it a great privilege that God has called him to do this work.