Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Victor Monroe Matthews

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Victor Monroe Matthews

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Victor Monroe Matthews was the youngest of four children, and the only son, born to Victor Monroe Matthews and his wife Ethel (Taylor). Victor was born on February 6, 1921 in Montesano, WA, 25 miles west of Olympia. Victor's father was a carpenter, raised a few cattle, and moved the family to Satsop, WA, on a ten-acre plot.

Victor was saved in a children's tent meeting around age seven. He met his future wife, Bonnie Lee Reeme, while in Elma High School. While on a date they went to a special meeting at church, and Victor was called to preach that night at age 18. The couple married September 9, 1941 in their nondenominational church in Elma, WA. Victor graduated from Simpson Bible Institute (3 year program), in Seattle, WA, in 1942, then pastored Immanuel Chapel in Seattle for seven years before moving to Grand Rapids, MI. Victor received his A.B. degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, and also his B.D. from Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary, both in 1953. His Th.M. degree from Calvin Seminary was completed in 1957, followed by his Th.D. from Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1961. That year he had a sabbatical from teaching and travelled by train to the Lutheran seminary in Maywood, IL, every Sunday evening, returning to Grand Rapids on Friday until his doctorate was finished. …

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