Interview with Molly Matthew

At first meeting, she appears quiet, shy, and reluctant to be the subject of conversation. Yet beneath the unassuming exterior lies a bold, mighty, and very humble woman of God whose passion for the lost marked the beginning of a vibrant Indian church in the Chicago suburbs.

Thrive Church Network recently sat down with Molly Mathew for an interview. Here is her story:

TCN: You and your husband Sunny pastor Zion Christian Church in Arlington Heights. How did you come to Chicago, and how did you become pastors of this church?

My brother Sam and I immigrated to Chicago with my mother in 1982 for a better life. I married my husband in an arranged marriage and brought him to the states. My parents were ministers, so I didn’t want to be in ministry. Neither did Sunny. But we share a love for people and seeing them come to the Lord.

I was an ICU nurse. After a particularly hard night, while I slept I had a vision of my coworkers being in hell and crying out to me for help. Though I tried, it was too late. 

The next day, God gave me prophetic words for each of my coworkers, and every one responded. My supervisor arranged my schedule so that I could start a weekend preaching ministry.

God began changing lives. New people came to Christ. This marked the beginning of Zion Christian Church. Sunny joined me in ministry, and the gathering in our basement grew. Our first baptism was in a swimming pool. 

A pastor from Oklahoma had a vision instructing him to Chicago and lay hands on a couple for ministry; the couple was us. In 2006, Sunny left his job with the post office to pastor full time.

People were being healed, delivered, and filled with the gifts of the Spirit. I went from full-time to part-time work to allow more time in ministry. 

We paid a week’s rent on a hotel meeting space. The next week, an anonymous donor paid the entire year. We quickly outgrew that space. 

God directed Sunny to go to the park district building on Euclid Avenue. We rented that space, but knew we were to buy our own building for our growing congregation. Eventually, at the same time but in different locations, Sunny and I were given an identical vision of our current building. 

TCN: You are a minister in your own right with your own international preaching ministry. Can you tell us about it?

I never advertise and don’t take calls, because I always need to hear from God. Recently, I was iin Korea for eleven days of meetings in Presbyterian churches. Many were saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Hundreds were slain in the spirit. 

TCN: Can you give us a glimpse of what it’s like to be you in ministry?

Every single one of my family has come to Christ. It took 15 years. I have never written a sermon. I don’t have a secret; I just completely rely on the Holy Spirit to give me a Word when I need it. 

God has given me favor and acceptance with all age groups, from babies to teens to senior adults. I am able to minister freely to any group.

God gave me Joshua 1 as a promise. In Indian culture, it’s hard for a woman to be in spiritual authority, but God has been with me all the way.

I've never had a ministry plan. I trust God for all of my future. I am open to anyone who needs help 24/7. This is how I live my life.

Additional information on the church and Sunny and Molly's ministry can be found on the church's website.