Phone: (205) 726-2323
Office: Buchanan Hall 207 C
Education:B.M., Wheaton College (IL)
M.M., Baylor University
M.Div., Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary
Eric Mathis believes corporate worship is the most important activity in the Christian church, and he is deeply committed to assisting leaders and congregations exercise wisdom, discernment, and responsibility in their local context. Eric is Assistant Professor of Church Music and Worship Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music and worship and has recently been named program director of anima: the Forum for Worship and the Arts at Samford University. Before moving to Alabama, Eric taught as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Baylor University. He has maintained an active role in various music ministries, serving congregations in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, California, and is now on the music staff at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.
An ordained minister, Eric holds a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College (IL), a Master of Music in Church Music from Baylor University, a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology (Christian Worship, Preaching) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member in Worship, Theology, and the Arts. His dissertation, Campaigning in the House of God: How Worship Shaped Southern Baptist Ecclesiology in the Controversy of 1979, examined the relationships of conflict, ritual, and political agenda during the largest denominational split of the twentieth-century.
Eric maintains memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, the Academy of Homiletics, Choristers Guild, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada where he has served on the editorial board for The Hymn. Mathis remains active as a speaker, worship leader, and worship consultant with upcoming engagements at the National Convention for the American Choral Directors Association, the Polyphony Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, PASSPORT Camps, Alleluia! Many Voices One Song at Baylor University, and the North American Academy of Liturgy. He is published in The Hymn and Christian Reflections, and he is a regular contributor to Worship Leader Magazine and WorkingPreacher.org.
Eric is married to Brittany, a CPA and Coordinator of Tax Reporting for the Energen Corporation. And, perhaps most importantly, Eric is a worshiper himself. To that end, the heart of his vocational calling is to help other worshipers deeply experience the privilege it is to offer worship to God in Christ through the Spirit so that the Kingdom of God may flourish in the world.