About Dr. Victor Matthews
In 1945, with a diploma in Bible from Simpson Bible Institute, Pastor Victor Matthews continued his education at the Grand Rapids Baptist Bible Institute where he remained in various roles for 45 years.
While teaching full-time, he earned an A.B from Calvin College and a Th.M from Calvin Seminary. In the mid-1960's he completed the residency requirements for the Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) degree from Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Dr. Matthews taught courses in apologetics, biblical studies and theology while personally mentoring numerous future pastors and church leaders and is perhaps best remembered for his exceptional ability to teach students to think critically and develop a Christian worldview. Students also remember him for his copious notes, extensive outlines and his "just one sentence more..."
Dr. Matthews was a quintessential teacher, a gifted pastor and counselor. He held a number of interim pastorates and spoke regularly at conferences, seminars and study groups.
In the late 1960's, Dr. Matthews had a new vision for ministry. So began the Thursday Evening Bible Class. Attendance increased rapidly and before long grew to an average of 250 people. Dr. Matthews taught the class until his retirement in 1989. The Thursday Evening Bible Class continues today as a free gift of the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Anyone who attended one of Dr. Matthews' classes or Bible studies is familiar with his "study guides" or handouts, which provided a detailed outline of the material and the corresponding scripture verses and references. Many attendees and students have kept copies of the study guides and many have used them as a basis for their own teaching. Included on his website are over 400 of these study guides on a wide variety of topics.
Dr. Matthews wrote numerous church and ministry publications including Confessions to a Counselor, Growth in Grace and Personal Success: The Promise of God (included on his website).
He was also recognized as a leading expert on spiritual warfare due to his seminars and writings including his famous "Warfare Prayer."
Dr. Matthews' contribution goes far beyond what he has done in the classroom:
it reaches to those who have been taught by his students,
to those for whom he has spent hours counseling (and praying for)
and to those whose lives have been changed because of his devotion to the Lord Jesus,
his study of the Word of God and the personal example of his life.