Matthew  Kerlin

Matthew Kerlin

Assistant Vice President for Student Development; University Minister

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Spiritual Life

Office: Russell Hall 214
Phone: 205-726-2825


  • Married to Jonlyn since 1991
  • Three children: Reid, Emma and Kate

Must Read:

  • Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
  • Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Classic American fiction
  • anything by C.S. Lewis

Must Hear:

  • U2
  • Coldplay
  • Andrew Peterson

Must See:

  • The Matrix
  • Dead Poets Society

Must Eat in Birmingham:
Cocina Superior

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Music, Louisiana State University
  • M.A.,Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.B.A., Samford University, 2013
  • Ph. D. Historical Theology, Baylor University


  • Philosophical Theology
  • Theodicy
  • C. S. Lewis


  • Campus and Community Involvement
  • Convocation Program
  • Missions—Global Involvement
  • Campus Ministries Liaison
  • Pastoral Care and Spiritual Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation and Worship
  • Worship
  • Student Leadership and Involvement
  • Counseling Services
  • Values Advocacy