Who we are

We are a Malayalam Pentecostal Church located in the capital of God’s own country, New Zealand, focused on building up people’s faith and daily lives. We are a vibrant, Bible-based and Holy Spirit-led church where all are welcome. We pray for the sick, care for the needy and preach the Word in a practical manner.

Shalom Church is a member church of Revive Churches New Zealand

Senior Pastor Mathew Mathai

Dr. Mathew Mathai is the founding Pastor of Shalom Malayalam Church. He has been in ministry for many years and lives in Wellington with his wife Raichel and three sons.

Mathew’s desire to serve God was fostered by his parents who served the Lord faithfully, and he started his involvement in the Christian ministry at a very young age as a Sunday school teacher and Youth leader in India. God’s greater plan for his life began to unfold when He directed him to New Zealand in 1998 to continue His ministry. While the gates of Hell did everything possible to discourage Mathew and Raichel from pursuing the will of God in their lives, they endured the challenges and oppositions with devotion and prayer.

Mathew and Raichel started ‘Jayajeevitham’,  the first Malayalam radio programme in New Zealand in 2001. God confirmed His calling in their lives by performing signs and wonders through their ministry and Shalom Malayalam Church was established in 2003. Since then, the church has gone from strength to strength through developing many leaders, supporting the local community and bringing people closer to Jesus.

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Leadership Team

Mathew Mathai

Vinu Varghese


Men’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry