Rev.Dr.George Mathew (Metropolitan Designate)
- We congratulate our beloved Rev.Dr. George Mathew
Nalunnakkal, on this great occation. He is truly
a great asset to the Malankara Jacobite Church and
his great works are the needs of the time. We should
thank our Holy synod in selecting him as the candidate
for bishopric in Kozhikode.There is nobody else more
suitable than him for this post.We feel that it is the
time God answered the prayers of the Jacobite church!!!!.
He has been a member of this forum since a long time
and has posted many articles.We the moderators of SOCM
forum, join the members of the Kozhikode (Malabar)
diocese in this happy occation.
Fr. George Mathew Nalunnakal, was born in Nalunnakkal,
Kottayam, Kerala in the year 1965. He was brought up
in Jacobite faith since his childhood and was baptized
at St. Adai's Jacobite Church, Nalunnakkal, his home
parish (which was blessed by the Apostolic visit of
the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church,
H.H. Ignatius Zakka I, the Prince Patriarch of Antioch and
all the East.)http://www.saintadaischurch.org
His parents, Mr. P.C. Mathew and Mrs. Marykutty Mathew
(both 78 years old now) have been a major source of
spiritual influence to him. His two brothers and four
sisters have also been very supportive in his spiritual
and theological upbringing.
His early schooling was very humble and was done at
St. Elias Primary School and Jerusalem Mount High
School, Vakathanam, both being village schools. He
passed his SSLC exams in high first class and joined
St. Berchman's College, Changanacherry where he did
his Pre-Degree and B.A. in English literature.
Alongside his secular education, he also pursued his
Sunday School education. He stood first in the 10th
standard examinations in Kottayam diocese and secured
the Michael Mor Divannasios memorial gold medal.
After his graduation, he joined the reputed United
Theological College, Bangalore for his theological
studies. He completed his B.D in the year 1990 in
first class and was appointed as Research Assistant
in the department of Church and Society. His then
bishop, the late lamented Perumpallil Gheevarghese
Mor Greegoriose thirumeni, granted him permission to
accept the offer and he completed the research project
in 1991, the year in which he joined the faculty of
Malnkara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kerala
(M.S.O.T.Seminary). It was during his tenure as Registrar,
that our seminary was granted B.D. affiliation from the
Serampore University. In 1992, he was offered a
scholarship to do his doctoral studies in England and he
joined the University of Kent at Canterbury, England to
do his Ph.D in Ecotheology. He had the rare privilege to
do his research underthe illustrious Anglican Professor
Dr. Robin Gill under whose proficient guidance he was
able to complete his Ph.D in a record time of three years.
On his completion of Ph.D, he rejoined our seminary in
Kerala and resumed teaching.
God has been amazingly gracious to him in providing him
with enormous opportunities to involve in ecumenical
engagements. He has had the privilege of serving the
Kerala Council of Churches as its Senior Faculty Member
(1997-1998), the National Council of Churches in India
as its Executive Secretary for Mission and Evangelism
(1998-2001). At present, he also serve the World Council
of Churches as vice moderator of the Commission on World
Mission and Evangelism (CWME). He have attended several
international consultations organized by the WCC, CCA,
Pro-Oriente, WSCF, the Anglican Communion, the NCCI
and other such ecumenical bodies. He has been a member
of the Dialogue Commission of Syraic Orthodox Church.
In all this, he had the honour to represent Malankara
Jacobite Church and he continued to do that with great
sense of pride.
Currently, he is on the teaching faculty of the United
Theological College, Bangalore, teaching Theology and
We are proud to say that he is the first member from the
Malankara Church to be on the faculty of this premier
theological institution. He has also taught at other
seminaries as visiting professor.
He was ordained as a deacon in 2001 and as a priest in
2002 by His Grace Thomas Mor Themotheose Metropolitan.
After his ordination, he served two parishes in
Kerala as Assistant vicar. Currently he is serving
St.Peter's and St.Paul's Jacobite Church, Mathikere,
Bangalore as Assistant vicar.
He has published several books and articles both in
English and Malayalam. Following are some of the major
Jeevante Akhosham (Bible Studies, edited in Malayalam),
KCC/EDTP, Tiruvalla, 1998
New Beings and New Communities:
Theological Reflections in a Postmodern Context,
KCC/EDTP, Tiruvalla, 1998
Green Liberation: Towards an Integral Ecotheology,
NCCI/ISPCK, Delhi, 1999
Quest for Justice: Perspectives o Mission and Unity
NCCI/GURUKUL/ISPCK, Delhi, 2000
Kazhchapadukal (Perspecives, Essays in Malayalam),
Mor Adai Study Center, Cheeranchira, 2002
Sathya Vishwasa Padanangal
(Orthodox Studies,Essays on Orthodox faith in Malayalam),
Co-Authored with V.Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayail,
Mor Adai Study Center, Cheeranchira, 2003
Several other articles in leading theological journals
To the late lamented Gheevarghese Mor Greegoriose
thrumeni who loved him a lot, he do owe a great deal.
His unwavering loyalty to the Petrine throne in Antioch
and unflinching convictions in the Syrian Orthodox
faith and traditions have been a tremendous source of
inspiration for Fr. George.
In Our Lords Love