Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews

Monday, July 23, 2018

Location Amphitheater

Sun., July 22 at 10:45am
Mon., July 23 – Fri., July 27 at 9:15am

Reverend Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multifaith movement for justice. He brings more than 30 years of ministry leadership experience as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist, and community organizer to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for PICO National Network. Before his work with PICO, Rev. Mathews was the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose.

Since 2014 Reverend Mathews’ ministry has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization.

Reverend Mathews is the founding organizer and co-convener of the Racial Justice & Multiculturalism Community of the Alliance of Baptists and the co-editor of Trouble the Water, a resource on racial justice and multiculturalism for congregations. He is also an inaugural member of the Auburn Senior Fellows cohort. Founded by Auburn Seminary, the program equips, networks, and gives a platform to top faith leaders on the frontlines for justice.

A native of Compton, California, Reverend Mathews earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Reverend Mathews and Dene Murray-Mathews, his beautiful wife of 24 years, live in San José and are the proud parents of one son.