Mathews, Dr Horace Frederick
1914-1974; e.m.1937

Educationalist, born at Marylebone, London in 1914, who preferred 'Mat.' to either of his Christian names. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hampstead and trained for the ministry at Didsbury College. He was chaplain at Rydal School, 1938-1944 and 1946-1950, with an interval in circuit work at Runcorn. In 1950, when sector ministry was not envisaged, he reverted to local preacher status in order to work in education. He lectured in RE at the Cheshire Training College, Alsager 1951-59 and was Deputy Principal of Shenstone Training College (later Summerfield College), Kidderminster 1959-1963 and Principal 1963-1971. From 1971 to 1974 he was Principal of Scawsby College, Doncaster.

His MA thesis was published as Methodism and the Education of the People 1791-1851 (1949) and his (unpublished) doctoral thesis (1954) was a sequel to that. He wrote extensively on education and the study of the Bible, served on the committee of the Religious Education Press and contributed children's addresses to the Expository Times. He was for many years visitor to Handsworth College, and then to The Queen's College, Birmingham and was also involved with the educational work of the British Council of Churches, the SCM and the Institute for Christian Education.

He died on 12 December 1974.

  • Methodist Recorder,12 Dec 1974 & 16 Jan 1975
  • Expository Times, Jan 1975 p.100