Welcome to Our New Rector, Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews!
St. James joyously welcomes the Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews to be our Rector! Rev. Mathews currently serves on the staff of the Presiding Bishop as the Partnership Officer for Africa. He plans to begin his new ministry with St. James on May 15. His first service with us will be on May 22.
Prior to his work with the churchwide office, Rev. Mathews was associate rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California, a bilingual parish where he worked to build connections between the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking community members and led the youth group. Before that he was a theology lecturer at the Msalato Theological College of St. John’s University in Tanzania, and he has also served as assistant rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Milton, Massachusetts.
Throughout his work, Rev. Mathews has followed the example of Jesus’ ministry of presence, compassion, justice and reconciliation, whether in pastoral care, or in the diplomacy involved with the Anglican partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa, or in anti-war protests before the Iraq War, or in investigations of immigrant detentions, or in building community partnerships to address local needs.
Rev. Mathews was born in Brighton, Mass. and grew up in Sharon, Mass. He majored in business administration at George Washington University and received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. As a seminarian, Rev. Mathews served at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem and also studied abroad in Bangalore, India. His father, Rev. Koshy Mathews, is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Mathews will be moving to New London with his wife, Johanna, and young son, Dhruv, who will be entering kindergarten this fall. In addition to his extensive world service experiences in Africa and Asia, Rev. Mathews brings to us an ability to speak Spanish and a working knowledge of Malayalam, as well as a love of New England sports teams, national and world politics, books, nature, travel, movies, hip hop music and playing tennis!