Mathai is the founding Pastor of the Shalom Malayalam Church. He was born on 1
July 1963 at Kollam district , Kerala. His desire to serve God was
inculcated by his parents who served the Lord faithfully. Mathew accepted Jesus
as his personal saviour at the age of 11. He received water baptism at the age
of 14 and was very soon filled with the Holy Spirit. Mathew started his
involvement in the Christian ministry at a very young age as a Sunday school
teacher and Youth leader.
completing his Master of Arts in Political Science from Kerala University.
Mathew went to Bhopal and started his career as a journalist and later on
became a lecturer of Political Science. He continued his academic pursuit and
completed a Masters in Economics and Ph.D in Political Science. In his
eagerness to serve God he equipped himself with theological education from
reputed institutions in India and New Zealand. In obedience to God's calling in
his life he devoted his time and energy in spreading the gospel in Bhopal and
preaching the Word in different churches. God who is faithful honoured his
commitment and zeal for Him with leadership positions with Gideons
International, Hospital Ministries, Pentecostal Union Prayer Fellowship etc.
Mathew married Rachel on 1 July 1993. Raichel is a strong partner in Mathew's
God's greater plan for his life began to unfold when He directed him to New
Zealand. With a great desire to serve God he arrived in Auckland in 1998. God
taught him the lessons of walking by faith. God of Elijah did not let him down.
He opened the ways of ministry and used him for His glory in Auckalnd.
God directed him to Wellington in 1999. His family joined him after two years
and they continued their ministry with total commitment. Gates of Hell did
everything possible to discourage them from pursuing the will of God in their
lives. They endured the challenges and oppositions with tears and prayer. They
started the Jayajeevitham radio programme in New Zealand in 2001. God confirmed
His calling in their lives by performing signs and wonders through their
ministry. Their dream came to fruition in the establishment of the Shalom
Malayalam Church in Wellington in 2003.
Mathew and Raichel are blessed with three boys- Stephen, Samuel and Thomas.
Mathew and family are committed to advance the Kingdom of God here in New
Zealand and throughout the world.
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