Dr. Martin Alphonse

Martin Alphonse
Dr. Martin Alphonse B.A., M.A., B.D. (M.Div.), TH.M., Ph.D.
  • Global Studies



B.A. - St. Xavier’s College, Madurai University; M.A. - Madras Christian College, Madras University; B.D. (M.Div.) - Union Biblical Seminary; TH.M., Ph.D. - Fuller Theological Seminary

Favorite Quote

“Everyone who belongs to Jesus belongs to everyone who belongs to Jesus.” –E. Stanley Jones

Where I come from and faith story

I am a native of India and have lived in the United States since 1994. I was raised Roman Catholic and, as a young man, I was on my way to becoming a Jesuit priest. I heard the gospel preached at the Emmanuel Methodist Church in India, surrendered my life to Christ, and obeyed His call to full time ministry. Prior to joining Multnomah University, I served as a pastor in Methodist churches in India, Singapore, and the United States. Since 1976, I have also served as an adjunct lecturer or as a full time associate professor of mission and evangelism in Bible colleges and seminaries in India, Singapore, and the United States. 

My favorite author

My favorite author is E. Stanley Jones who served as a missionary evangelist in India for 66 years. In his lifetime, Jones preached in numerous mass evangelistic rallies and presented the gospel one-on-one to great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi. Next to the Bible, it is Jones’ books which have impacted my life the most. 

My passions

My passion is for world evangelization. I have been featured as a plenary speaker in a few major global congresses on evangelism including one sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. I have held leadership positions in a few mission related organizations in Asia. Even while serving at Multnomah University, I travel extensively to speak in mission and evangelism related events in the United States, Canada, and India. I was attracted to Multnomah because of its great commitment to global mission, which is the one thing I am passionate about promoting among the students both in class and outside of it. 

Current ministry outside class

My ministry extends beyond the campus of Multnomah. Several years ago, my wife and I founded a ministry for homeless girls in India called the Home of Love, which also houses the Providence Residential Academy. I serve as president of a mission organization in Portland called Love India Missions Endeavor, which raises support for the children’s ministry in India. 


I have been married to Padmini since 1974. Padmini is a Montessori teacher. We have three children: two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. Anu, our elder son, is a worship leader at the Park Community Church in Chicago. Our younger son, Nirup, assisted by his wife Hannah, is the pastor of LifeGate Church, which he planted in Denver, Colorado. They have two sons, Jaihan and Elijah. Our daughter Nisha is a 2014 graduate of Multnomah University and is married to Ben Emmarson.