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Benjamin Mathew

Benjamin Mathew
Dr. Benjamin Mathew
Professor of Clinical Counseling
Professor of Clinical Counseling

Dr. Mathew started teaching in the听Graduate Counseling Program at CIU in the Fall of 2023. With degrees in Counseling, Psychology and Theology, Ben enjoys the integration and collaboration of various academic disciplines. For the past two decades, Ben has been involved in higher education helping to develop students and others think critically and holistically about their faith, profession and care for others.

He is a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Ben is also a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC) and maintains a private practice as a licensed therapist in the community.听

When he鈥檚 not teaching or providing therapy, Ben enjoys being with his wife and four kids while grilling the perfect steak and enjoying a good night with friends in the backyard.

Education

  • PhD, General Psychology, Northcentral University
  • MA, Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • BS, Biblical Studies, Emmaus Bible College

Selected Publications

Professional Publications

  • Mathew, B. (2023). Loving the Aliens: Building from a Strong Foundation (Part Three of a Three Part Series). Christian Scholars Review: Christ Animating Learning Blog.
  • Mathew, B. (2023). Loving the Aliens: A Biblical Theology of Multiculturalism (Part Two of a Three Part Series). Christian Scholars Review: Christ Animating Learning Blog.
  • Mathew, B. (2023). Loving the Aliens: Immigration, Undocumented Workers and the Gospel (Part One of a Three Part Series). Christian Scholars Review: Christ Animating Learning Blog.
  • Mathew, B (2022). Loving the Stranger: Immigration, Undocumented Workers, and the Gospel. Concerning Him: An Emmaus Blog.
  • Mathew, B. (2022). A Biblical Theology of Sex. Concerning Him: An Emmaus Blog.
  • Mathew, B. (2021). Experiences of racial animosity among interracial married couples in the United States (Order No. 28543656). .
  • Mathew, B. (2010). A Theology of the Body: Encouraging Men to Develop a Biblical Model of the Temple. Transformation: A Publication of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Biblical Counseling & Spiritual Formation Network, 4(1), 4鈥5.
  • Mathew, B. (2010). The 7 Churches of Revelation: Ephesus (Rev. 2:1鈥7). The Emmaus听Journey Magazine, 8(2), 10鈥11.
  • Mathew, B. (2010). Stepping into the Shack. The Emmaus Journey Magazine, 7(3), 31鈥35.
  • Mathew, B. (2004). Authenticity and Community in the Local Church. The Emmaus Journey Magazine, 2(3), 18鈥21.
  • Mathew, B. (2010). After the Honeymoon is Over: Conflict in the Church. The Emmaus Journey Magazine, 2(3), 40鈥41.

Book Reviews

  • Justin Lee. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate. Jericho Books, 2012. In The Emmaus Journal, XXI (2), 2012, 196鈥199.
  • John Piper. Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian. Crossway Publishers, 2011. In The Emmaus Journal, XX (19鈥20), 2011, 232鈥236.
  • Rob Bell. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. Zondervan Publishers, 2005. In The Emmaus Journal, XV (1), 2006, 131鈥135.
  • Armand M. Nicholi Jr. The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life. Free Press, 2002. In The Emmaus Journal, XIV (1), 2005, 123鈥124.
  • John Eldridge. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man鈥檚 Soul. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001. In The Emmaus Journal, XIII (1), 2004, 112鈥113.
  • Ajith Fernando. Jesus Driven Ministry. Crossway Books, 2002. In The Emmaus Journal, XII (2), 2002, 323鈥325.

Professional Presentations

  • 鈥淭ransgenderism: Confusion in Culture, Clarity in Christ/Welcoming the Stranger/Red & Yellow, Black & White鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Harvest New Beginnings Church, Oswego, IL, April 2023.
  • 鈥淭ransgenderism: Confusion in Culture, Clarity in Christ/Welcoming the Stranger/Red &Yellow, Black & White鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Rocky Mountain Calvary, Colorado Springs, CO, March 2023.
  • 鈥淭ransgenderism: Confusion in Culture, Clarity in Christ/Welcoming the Stranger/Red &Yellow, Black & White鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2023.
  • 鈥淧rinciples and Practices of Pastoral Care鈥, Workers & Elders Conference, San Francisco, October 2022.
  • 鈥淧ublic Faith Issues: Gender鈥, Seminar Workshop, Brethren Training Network, Dubuque, IA, June 2022.
  • 鈥淎 Biblical Theology of Race鈥, Plenary Speaker, Brethren Training Network, Dubuque, IA, June 2022.
  • 鈥淗ow to Help When You Don鈥檛 Know How to Help/How to be a 鈥榃ise Guy/Gal鈥/Show Yourself a Man鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Harvest New Beginnings Church, Oswego, IL, April 2022.
  • 鈥淓xperiences of Racial Animosity Among Interracial Married Couples in the United States鈥, Empowered, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Online Conference, March 2022.
  • 鈥淗ow to Help When You Don鈥檛 Know How to Help/How to be a 鈥榃ise Guy/Gal鈥/Show Yourself a Man鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2022.
  • 鈥淩acial Animosity Among Interracial Married Couples鈥, Bible & Theology Colloquium, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, November 2021.
  • 鈥淩aising Resilient Teens: A Mental Health Seminar鈥, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, November 2021.
  • 鈥淎 Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2020.
  • 鈥淔ight Like a Man鈥, No Regrets Men鈥檚 Conference, Galena Bible Chapel, Galena, IL, February 2020.
  • 鈥淎 Pastoral Response to Sexual Confusion鈥, EEE Camp Workers Conference, Horton Haven Christian Camp, Nashville, TN, January 2020.
  • 鈥淭he Faith of Stephen: Acts 6:8鈥7:60鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2019.
  • 鈥淩ejoice in Suffering: Acts 5:12鈥42鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2019.
  • 鈥淲elcoming a Stranger: A Biblical Theology of Immigrants鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2019.
  • 鈥淎 Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry, and Beyond鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2019.
  • 鈥淕ender Issues Across the Globe: Transgenderism鈥, Brethren Training Network, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2018.
  • 鈥淭ransgenderism: Confusion in Culture, Clarity in Christ鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2018.
  • 鈥淭ransgenderism: Confusion in Culture, Clarity in Christ鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2018.
  • 鈥淭he Gospel & Racial Reconciliation鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2017.
  • 鈥淭he Gospel & Racial Reconciliation鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2017.
  • 鈥淗omosexuality & the Gospel鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2016.
  • 鈥淔ight Like a Man: How to Battle Sexual Temptation鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2016.
  • God & the Gay Christian鈥, by Matthew Vines: A Response鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2015.
  • 鈥淗omosexuality: A Pastoral Response鈥, Biblical Eldership Resources, Rochester, NY, October 2015.
  • 鈥淗omosexuality & the Gospel鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2015.
  • 鈥淭he Connected Christian: Social Media & a Christian Response鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2015.
  • 鈥淗omosexuality & the Gospel鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2015.
  • 鈥淐ounseling & the Gospel鈥, Brethren Training Network, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2014.
  • 鈥淗omosexuality & the Gospel鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2014.
  • 鈥淩ed & Yellow, Black & White: Race and the Glory of God鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2014.
  • 鈥淔ight Like a Man: How to Battle Sexual Temptation鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2014.
  • 鈥淪ex, Life & the Glory of God鈥, Moral Ethical Recovery Program, Des Moines Area Youth Group Conference, Des Moines, IA, November 2013.
  • 鈥淪ex, Life & the Glory of God鈥, Korean Youth Fellowship, Online Simulcast, November 2013.
  • 鈥淟eadership and the Glory of God鈥, Leadership Training, Haven of Rest Ministries, Akron, OH, June 2013.
  • 鈥淐ounseling & the Glory of God鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2013.
  • 鈥淪ex, Life & the Glory of God鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2013.
  • 鈥淔alse Doctrines & Current Trends鈥, St. Louis Area Believers Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.
  • 鈥淢en & the Majesty of God鈥, Galena Bible Church Men鈥檚 Conference, Galena Bible Church, Galena, IL, April 2011.
  • 鈥淭he Nature & Sexuality of Man鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2010.
  • 鈥淒iscerning Media & Culture鈥, Ignite Youth Leadership Conference, Grace Church, Des Moines, IA, March 2010.
  • 鈥淭he Shack鈥, by William P. Young: A Review鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2009.
  • 鈥淓ffective Small Group Ministries鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2008.
  • 鈥淐reated to Worship鈥, Men鈥檚 Conference, Willowbrook Camp, Des Moines, IA, November 2008.
  • 鈥淏lue 鈥 Like a Velvet Elvis: A Book Review of Emergent Movement Literature鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, EBC, Dubuque, IA, May 2006.
  • 鈥淲restling with Anger鈥, Man Camp Men鈥檚 Conference, Camp Berea, Hebron, NH, November 2005.
  • 鈥淭he Joy of Personal Bible Study鈥, Indian Brethren Fellowship Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson, IN, July 2005.
  • 鈥淪uch Were Some of You: Homosexuality and the Gospel鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2005.
  • 鈥淐onflict & Marriage鈥, Men of Bethany Men鈥檚 Conference, Bethany Bible Chapel, Cedar Falls, IA, February 2005.
  • 鈥淏iblical Fellowship: More than Just Coffee and Donuts鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2004.
  • 鈥淐offeeshop Counseling: Counseling in a Post-Modern Context鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2003.
  • 鈥淎uthenticity and Community in the Local Church鈥, Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Conference, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, IA, May 2003.