Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Expertise:

  • Theology and Culture
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Apologetics and Ethics
  • Eschatology and Holiness

Education:

  • B.A., Spring Arbor, 1979
  • M.A. Wheaton College, 1982
  • Ph.D. Baylor University, 1992

Matthews has nearly 30 years of experience in Christian higher education. His leadership and experience includes a wide range of areas in Christian higher education, including student development, residence life, accreditation, strategic planning, financial aid, multi-cultural affairs, radio ministry, enrollment, academic records and registration, chaplaincy, all areas of seminary academic affairs, traditional and non-traditional graduate education models.

He is a seasoned administrator of higher education, serving as the Assistant to the Vice President and, later, on the President’s Cabinet as Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a school of nearly 2,600 students, about half of whom are in graduate and professional studies (which includes the Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity Degrees). Dr. Matthews has served the Seminary since 2012. He has dedicated over two decades of his life as a classroom professor and earned 14 teaching awards. He also has a vibrant love for the local church having served for several years in various positions, including the Southern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a licensed worker in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Texas and Georgia, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and he is currently on educational assignment as an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church.

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