Pastor Mathew was born on February 24, 1940 the son of late C. Chandy and Rachel Chandy of Kallissery, Kerala, India. He was married to late Annamma Mathew (Lillykutty). He received Christ as his personal savior in his teens and attended the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) in Kallissery. After graduating from Marthoma College with a B.A. in Physics, Pastor Mathew earned a M.A. in English literature from the University of Bhopal. While in India, he pursued a successful career as a professor of English in Kerala retiring as the head of the Department of English in the prestigious Maharaja's College, Ernakulum.

 

Prof. Mathew was one of the most prominent laymen in the early history of the Pentecostal movement in India. During his younger days, as a college professor he also served as the Secretary and President of the Pentecostal Young People's Association (PYPA), the largest Pentecostal youth movement in India. From his youth, he had a passion for souls and a love for expositional preaching. Over the years, Prof. Mathew has served in every prominent position reserved for laymen in the Indian Pentecostal Church of God including serving as the General Treasurer and as the General Council member of IPC for a long time. In 1987, he started Hospital Ministries India (HMI) with a vision to reach the orphans, lepers, the sick and the down trodden with a message of hope. 

 

In 1988, Prof. T.C. Mathew earned a M.S. in Special Education from City University of New York and worked for the New York City Board of Education. Though he had a sterling record of academic and professional achievements, he never let these accolades eclipse the higher call of God to preach the Gospel. After immigrating to the United States in 1988, he assumed the pastorate of India Christian Assembly New Jersey and served his congregation faithfully for almost 25 years seizing every opportunity to share the wondrous love of Christ with others. Indeed, he was a living epistle of Christ known and read by his family, friends, neighbors, and parishioners (2 Cor. 3:2). Pastor Mathew served his local congregation as a shepherd leader, being an example to the flock of God entrusted to his care.  He was the founding President of Pentecostal Youth Fellowship of New Jersey and also served as the Convener of Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralities (PCNAK) in 1999. More than anything else, he was a loving husband, a caring father, and a compassionate servant of Christ.

 

Pastor T. C. Mathew was the president of IPC Eastern Region North America when he was called to his eternal home on March 8, 2012. The Region remembers with gratitude his contributions to the Indian Pentecostal Church of God for over half a century. His calming presence and the inspiring leadership will be greatly missed. The Region was blessed under his leadership as the founding secretary, vice president and president. He is the only official in the history of the Region to hold all three executive pastoral positions which is a testament to his gifted leadership and acceptance in the Indian Pentecostal community.

 

During his earthly pilgrimage, Pastor Mathew delivered hundreds of sermons. His last sermon was a passionate reminder to all believers that the house of God shall be called a house of prayer for all nations (Is. 56:7). What he preached on that day was the plan of God for the church to be a place of hope, healing and reconciliation for people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. How fitting it is that at the summons of his maker, Pastor Mathew went to be with the Lord where the crescendo of praises to God from every nation never ends. 

Rev. T. C. Mathew

 

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