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Alden Ewart Matthews


Alden Ewart Matthews, American missionary. Recipient Alumni Grinnell College, award 1958. Member; Club: Tokyo Lawn Tennis.


Matthews, Alden Ewart was born on September 10, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Harold Shepard and Grace Hazel (Waters) Matthews.


Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, 1943. Bachelor of Divinity, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1946, Doctor of Ministry, 1976. Master of Sacred Theology, Union Theological Seminary, 1952.


Ordained to ministry United Church of Christ, 1946. Missionary United Church Board World Ministries, New York City, since 1946. Executive secretary United Church Christ in Japan, Tokyo, since 1975.

Trustee, councillor Tsurukawa Rural Institute, Tokyo, since 1957, Japan International Christian University, Tokyo, since 1965, Kobe College, Nishinomiya, 1965-1973, since 1975. Trustee Keiwa High School, Niigata, since 1968, Obirin Gakuen, Tokyo, since 1972, Matsuyama Jonan High School, Matsuyama, Japan, since 1972, Asia Rural Inst, since 1977, Audio Visual Aid Commission National Christian Council, Tokyo, since 1963, Christian Literature Society, Tokyo, since 1964. Councillor Japan Church World Service, since 1984.


  • Editor: (with others) Japan Christian Yearbook, 1956. Contributor articles to professional journals. President Nojiri Lake Association, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, 1978, Nojiri Lake Association Holding Body, since 1979.


Member; Club: Tokyo Lawn Tennis.


Married Derrith Jane Lovell, June 15, 1944. Children– Cynthia Ann Lasater, Jacqueline, Ellen Rosamond Alger.

Harold Shepard Matthews

Grace Hazel (Waters) Matthews

Derrith Jane Lovell

Cynthia Ann Lasater Matthews

Jacqueline Matthews

Ellen Rosamond Alger Matthews