Andrews, Matthew Thomas (1866–1939)

By: Alan J. Lefever

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Matthew Thomas (M. T.) Andrews, Baptist preacher, son of Thomas J. and Margaret (Rollins) Andrews, was born on a plantation near McComb City, Mississippi, on April 13, 1866 or 1869. He received his early education at Gillsburg Collegiate Institute and subsequently earned his A.B. degree in 1894 at Clinton College (now Mississippi College) in Clinton, Mississippi. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Howard Payne College, Brownwood, Texas, in 1919. Andrews was ordained a Baptist minister by the East Fork Baptist Church in 1895. He served as pastor in many places: Amite City, Louisiana, 1891–94; Hammond, Louisiana, 1894–96; Clinton, Louisiana, 1896–98; First Baptist Church, Marshall, 1898; First Baptist Church, Marlin, 1899–1909; First Baptist Church, Denton, 1909–12; First Baptist Church, Hillsboro, 1912–18; First Baptist Church, Temple, 1919–23; and First Baptist Church, Texarkana, 1924–38. He also served on the board of trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the home mission board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was a delegate to the Baptist World Alliance in Stockholm, 1923; in Toronto, 1928; and in Berlin, 1934. He made many speaking tours, including trips to Europe and China. After his retirement from the Texarkana First Baptist Church in 1938, Andrews assisted in the fund-raising campaign for the Tidwell Bible Building at Baylor University. He wrote many articles for Southern Baptist periodicals as well as several books, including Growing a Soul (1926), Comrades of the Road (1939), and Adults and the Art of Learning (1936).

Andrews was married to Theodocia Ernest Cook of Liberty, Mississippi, on December 22, 1891. They had seven children-six daughters and one son. Mrs. Andrews died on September 30, 1936, in Texarkana, while her husband was in China. In April 1938 Andrews married Gertrude Wright of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Soon after their marriage they traveled to Africa to review Baptist missions there. After returning from the Baptist World Congress in Atlanta, Andrews died of a heart attack in Chattanooga, on July 31, 1939. His funeral was held at the First Baptist Church of Texarkana, and he was buried in a family lot in Hillsboro.

Baptist Standard, September 21, 1939. L. R. Elliott, ed., Centennial Story of Texas Baptists (Dallas: Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1936). George William Lasher, ed., The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America (Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Company, 1899). John S. Ramond, ed., Among Southern Baptists (Shreveport, Louisiana, 1936).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Alan J. Lefever, “Andrews, Matthew Thomas,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994