Sunday, March 2, 2014
Bishop Dr. Matthew M. Odum, Sr…..Pastor,Author,Community Leader,Committed Vessel of God
Dr. Odum is an alumnus of Savannah State College (now University) where he majored in English Literature. He also holds both a master’s degree as well as a doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary where his concentration was in African-American Religious Studies. Dr. Odum was consecrated a bishop in the Lord’s Church in June 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. An accomplished and gifted orator, Dr. Odum has traveled all over the nation, preaching a practical, powerful and provocative message that serves to convict, convince, and convert men and women into the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Odum has been extremely active in his native Savannah; serving on various boards and ministries, writing for a local paper, as well as carrying the torch of the gospel message to any that would receive it. He has been commended by the Georgia State House of Representatives at least twice for being an excellent spiritual and community leader. A lover of God’s people, he is a dedicated pastor and a staunch student of the Word of God.
March 2012 marked a significant milestone for Dr. Odum with the release of his first book entitled, “Mending Nets” [The Often Misunderstood and Undervalued Ministry of Reconciliation and Restoration]. In Mending Nets, Dr. Odum challenges the church to change its perspective on evangelism, if necessary-and complete the job to which God has called us.
Rev. Dr. Odum is married to Sis. Sheila J. Odum, and they are the proud parents of three children: Tiffanie, Brittanie and Matthew II; and the grandparents of one grandchild, Christian. He is the son of Mrs. Mary Lou Odum and the late Mr. Willie B. Odum.
Rev. Dr. Matthew M. Odum is the senior pastor of The Temple of Glory Community Church in Savannah, Georgia. For twenty-eight (28) years, Rev. Odum has served in the capacity of pastor/teacher and has guided this congregation to a greater appreciation for Kingdom excellence and integrity. Upon his arrival in 1985, the Temple of Glory (formerly Garvin Temple Baptist Church) was a congregation of 200 members. She is now an assembly of over 1800, and the Lord continues to bless the work of this unique ministry through the teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit along with this committed vessel of God.