"...He has the mind of an academic and a passion for working with students in spiritual formation..."
Dr. Matthew S. Kerlin, senior campus minister at Baptist Campus Ministries, the University of Alabama, has been named minister to the university at Samford University. He assumes Samford duties March 27.
Dr. Kerlin succeeds Dr. James Barnette, Samford minister since 1994 who moved to the Samford religion department as associate professor and director of ministerial formation this spring.
"Matt Kerlin has very strong credentials and good experience in both private and public institutions," said Dr. Richard H. Franklin, Samford vice president and dean of students. "He has the mind of an academic and a passion for working with students in spiritual formation."
Kerlin has served at the University of Alabama since 2001. Previously, he was university minister at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., during 1999-2001; Baptist Student Ministry director at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, 1992-95; and college minister at Southside Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La., 1990-91.
He holds the bachelor of arts in music degree from Louisiana State University, master of arts in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and Ph.D. in historical theology from Baylor University.
Kerlin has served as a regular pulpit supply minister, conference speaker and camp pastor in Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas since 1990.
He and his wife, Jonlyn, a labor and delivery nurse, have three children: Reid, 10, Emma Grace, six, and Katherine, one.