The Reverend Matthew H. Gates

The Reverend Matthew H. Gates

8/10/2015

Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Matthew Harding Gates, 94, most recently of Zionsville, IN, who died on Tuesday August 10 at the Witham Hospital in Lebanon, IN.

A graduate of Meriden High School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Yale University Divinity School, Rev. Gates retired from the New York Annual Conference in 1985. He served parishes in Derby and Naugatuck, CT, as well as New Rochelle, NY. He was district superintendent of the then Connecticut West District and for the last 12 years of his active career was conference program director of the NYAC until his retirement to Cape Cod. 
 
“Matty Gates was a beloved pastor, an extraordinary leader of the conference, a prophetic voice for justice for all people, a mentor and friend, and he was a man of great integrity,” Bishop Jane Allen Middleton said.
 
He was an avid player of handball and tennis, enjoyed ballroom dancing with his beautiful wife, and traveled the world on a multitude of cruise ships serving as chaplain. On a more serious level Rev. Gates was intimately involved in the civil rights movement and marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King. He protested apartheid, worked hard at getting safe and affordable low income housing built, and created opportunities for ecumenical living room dialogues bringing awareness and tolerance among people of many faiths.
 
In 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Alice, fathering three children, Matthew Jr., Clark and Melissa. He is survived by his children, their wives, four grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
         
A memorial service will be held at the Craigville Tabernacle, Centerville, Cape Cod, MA at 10 o’clock in the morning on Monday August 31, 2015. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Osterville, MA.