Welcome, Pastor Matta!

Rev. Matta Ghaly

Director of Candidacy

Rev. Matta Ghaly (they/them) is a rostered minister in the Oregon Synod, currently serving as the pastor of Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in SW Portland. After studying process-oriented psychology, Pr. Matta completed a master of divinity at Luther Seminary and a master of arts in systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union. They are currently pursuing a doctorate in ministry, developing a trauma-informed, somatically-based process of contemplative formation for congregations, activists, and religious professionals. In their ministry, Pr. Matta aspires to be heart-centered, attuned to the body’s wisdom, and grounded in cultural humility. They are thrilled to begin their new role as director of candidacy, accompanying, supporting and advocating for candidates on their discernment journey.