Elder Track: Dennis Mathew

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  • February 06, 2012

From the time I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I’ve had an intense desire to help build His Kingdom and share the love of Christ with those around me.  God opened the doors for me to serve in various ways over the years and each of these opportunities have been great learning experiences.  I served in my church growing up and then started different ministries like Kaleo, Fusion and a young adults ministry at the church we attended in DE.  I also went on a number of missions trips to India and Africa after graduating college.  These experiences only increased my passion to serve and my love for Him.  Throughout this time I felt a “call” to ministry, but did not really know what that meant for me.  Additionally, God began to open doors in my career, which seemed to be pointing me in another direction.

When I entered the working world, God helped me excel so the idea of being a Pastor began to take a lower priority.  I assumed He was opening doors to take me on a different path.  I learned a tremendous amount in corporate America about organizational management, finance, leadership, etc. which I quickly found were skills I could use for Him in church and ministry.   As I began to apply these skills in my previous church and here at SMR I grew passionate about ministering in this way for Him.  Additionally, I started the MDIV program at PBU and the classes there began to transform my theology and my understanding of the gospel.

Our family connected with SMR in 2008 and from that time, Liz and I felt that this is truly where God wants us to be in this season of life.  We both love serving this church for the sake of the gospel.  In this coming year I want to understand if God is calling me to be an Elder and also prayerfully understand how that will impact me and my family.  I will openly say that I know my plate is full with family, church responsibilities, BTC fund raising events, increasing work responsibilities, dad being sick, etc.  Typically when things get to busy, my first inclination is to take time from Liz and the girls, but I don’t want that to be the case as I enter this track.  While I can’t stand the thought of not finishing something I start, I’m truly leaving myself open to stepping back from the elder track if it does start to impact our family and revisiting this at a different season in life.

I don’t take the responsibility or role of an Elder lightly and feel that I need to spend a lot of time in prayer to understand His call.  I know that God wants me and my family to serve Him, that is not the question, but ultimately does that mean in the role of Elder?  That is something I long to focus on and understand in the days to come through this track.

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Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road.

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