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Matthew L. Tinkham, Jr., M.Div.

is a pastor in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, serving the Knoxville Grace and Lenoir City Seventh-day Adventist Churches in eastern Tennessee. Formerly, he pastored the Lakeview and Hiram Seventh-day Adventist Churches near Atlanta, Georgia. Matthew grew up in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee and became a committed Seventh-day Adventist Christian at fifteen years old. He received his call to gospel ministry soon thereafter. His greatest passion in life is preaching and teaching the love of God, the good news of Jesus, and the three angels’ messages.

Matthew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion, Theological Studies, from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University. He completed a M.Div. degree from the same institution in 2015. In 2010, he obtained B.A. degrees in Theology (Ministerial) and International Studies, Spanish Emphasis, at Southern Adventist University with one year fulfilled at Universidad Adventista del Plata in Argentina. Matthew continues involvement in several religious, theological, and philosophical societies. His academic areas of specialty are systematic and historical theology and New Testament studies. He has published and presented both nationally and internationally on the doctrines of God and salvation (see

During free time, Matthew enjoys reading; language-learning; wildflower identification; playing with his ten-year-old nephew, Kieran; caring for his two cats, Nestlee and Winter; international travel; and outdoor recreational activities—such as hiking, backpacking, and kayaking.

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