Eric L. Mathis
Interim Associate Dean, Division of Music, Associate Professor, Music and Worship, Executive Director, The Center for Worship and the Arts
School of the Arts
Division of Music, Music and Worship
Office: Buchanan Hall 413
Email: emathis@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2323
Curriculum Vitae

Eric Mathis believes corporate worship is a critical agent of spiritual formation, and he is deeply committed to connecting teenagers to the power of worship in church and life. Eric is Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship Leadership at Samford University where he guides the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as faculty in staff, in the Division of Music.

Under his leadership, the undergraduate and graduate worship leadership programs at Samford have seen significant growth, including curriculum expansion, student recruitment, scholarship availability, and ensemble diversification. Mathis is also founding Director of Samford University’s Center for Worship and the Arts, which has received more than $2.4 million in grant funding toward programs and resources for college students and teenage youth worship leaders.

An ordained minister, Eric holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Organ from Wheaton College (IL), a Master of Music in Church Music with a concentration in Choral Conducting from Baylor University, a Master of Divinity from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology with concentrations in Christian Worship and Preaching from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before moving to Alabama, he taught as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, and Baylor University.  

Mathis has maintained an active role as a minister, serving congregations in Alabama, California, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas.  He currently holds 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

Eric remains active as a writer, speaker, congregation consultant, and worship leader with published articles in Choral Journal, The HymnWorship Leader Magazine, and Working Preacher. With Lester Ruth of Duke Divinity School, he is co-author for Leaning on the Word: Worship with Argentine Baptists in the Mid-Twentieth Century (Eerdmans, 2017).  He is currently writing the manuscript for Worship with Teenagers: Perspectives in Youth Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Adolescent Spirituality, under contract with Baker Academic Publishers.

Eric is married to Brittany Bergquist Mathis, a Certified Public Accountant and Spire One Product Manager Spire Energy. Together, they are members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where they volunteer with the student ministry and worship ministry.

Degrees and Certifications 

  • B.M., Wheaton College, Piano Performance
  • M.M., Baylor University, Church Music
  • M.Div., Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary, Christian Worship and Preaching

Expertise

  • Teenage Youth Worship Practices
  • Adolescent Spirituality
  • Liturgical Theology
  • Liturgical History
  • Ritual Studies
  • Sacred Music
  • Worship Leadership
  • Preaching and the Arts