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The Reverend Dr. Matthew Marvin Odum, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the Temple of Glory Community Church, Savannah, GA and has diligently served as chief servant for over 30 years.  After receiving his call to the gospel ministry, he was called to the pastorate of the former Garvin Temple Baptist Church in 1985.  God favored his ministry by allowing the church to experience explosive growth.  With only 75 souls, Garvin Temple, now The Temple of Glory, has been blessed with over 2,100 members.  His entrepreneurial prowess has enabled the church to succeed in obtaining a 6-acre campus with a 1000 seat sanctuary, Family Life Center, Administrative Center, a full service restaurant (Temple Café) and one of the communities leading childcare facilities (Odum Learning Academy).

The son of the late Mrs. Mary Odum and Mr. Willie Odum, the Savannah native was educated in the Public Schools of Chatham County, GA and upon graduation attended Savannah State College (now University) where he majored in English Literature.  He has a Master’s degree and an earned Doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary, graduating in the top five of his class.

A servant to his generation, Bishop Odum has been appointed to the boards of several organizations throughout the Coastal Empire.  Most notably, he has held positions with the American Red Cross, the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Westside Urban Health Board of Directors, and the St. Joseph’s Candler Health Advisory Board. He has been honored to share in ministry across the country including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti and South Africa. He has also been privileged to address the Georgia State House of Representatives, leading them through dissertation and prayer.

In 2005, Dr. Odum was consecrated a Bishop in the Lord’s Church by Bishop J. Delano Ellis of Cleveland, Ohio.  Because of his heart for leaders and his knowledge of episcopacy, Bishop Odum was appointed as the Chairman of the Coalition of Bishops and Apostles for the Global United Fellowship under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Neil C. Ellis.

In 2012, Bishop Odum released his first book entitled, “Mending Nets: the Often Misunderstood and Undervalued Ministry of Reconciliation and Restoration.”  Mending Nets serves as a beautiful literary metaphor; lifted straight from the pages of the Holy Writ in such a way that it allows the reader to recognize the importance of his responsibilities as a servant of God to forgive others as he has been forgiven by God, thereby practicing this much needed ministry of reconciliation and restoration.

Bishop Odum is married to the former Sheila Kay Jenks, his companion of over 33 years.  They have been blessed with three children: Tiffanie, Brittanie, and Matthew II, and one grandson, Christian.