Metropolitian-His Grace Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios Metropolitan - Smiocbristol
His Grace Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios (formerly known as Rev Fr Mathew Baby) took his early degree as a student of Bishop Moore College Mavelikara and G.S.T. from Orthodox Theological Seminary. H.G obtained his Bachelor in Divinity and Masters in Theology from Serampore University. H.G also attained the Licentiate in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Institute in Rome and Diploma in Biblical Archaeology from the Pontifical Bible Institute in Jerusalem. H.G was awarded a doctoral degree from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome. H.G is a scholar in languages of Italian, French, German, Aramaic and Hebrew apart from English and Malayalam.
Further to these education attributes, H.G also published several books including Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS) textbooks and OVBS teacher’s guide book. H.G later published the book “An exegetical study on Psalm 24” in Rome.
H.G has served in many key positions, as Joint Secretary of St. Thomas Orthodox Vaidika Sangham, Publisher of the Purohithan which was printed quarterly, Secretary of the Vattasseril Mar Dionysius Charitable Fund, Dean of Post Graduate Studies-FFRRC, Member of the Board of Studies for Old Testament at Serampore University, Member of the Bible Translation Committee-Bible Society of Kerala and as a Registrar and Lecturer at the Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam. Currently, H.G serves as the President of the publication board for the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church publications.
In the year 2008, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Christian (MOSC) Association met on 11th September at Pampakuda, Kerala and elected H.G as bishop designate along with six others. On 4th December 2008, The Catholicos of the throne of St Thomas the Apostle and Malankara Metropolitan, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I, professed him as a Monk (Ramban). On 19 February 2009 HG was consecrated as Metropolitan by The Catholicos of the throne of St Thomas the Apostle and Malankara Metropolitan, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I and along with all other fellow Bishops of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church at St. George Orthodox Church, Puthupally.
In 2009 after His Grace’s consecration, H.G was appointed to the newly formed Diocese of the UK, Europe and Africa. H.G took charge of the previously known Diocese of Canada, UK & Europe from his predecessor and our then patron bishop of the diocese, L.L Dr Thomas Mar Makarios of eternal memory.