Kenneth Mathews came to Samford in 1989, where he has taught many courses including the Old Testament and Hebrew exegesis. After more than 30 years of service, he retired in May as a professor of divinity.
Mathews said he has enjoyed many aspects of teaching but especially engaging with students every day and collaborating with colleagues.
“I have witnessed the transformation of Samford’s programming and facilities under the leadership of three able and passionate Presidents,” Mathews said.
Mathews said one of his favorite moments at Samford was climbing the scaffolding to the ceiling of the painted dome in Hodges Chapel. He has held a long academic list of excellence while at the university.
He is the author of Genesis 1–11:26 and Genesis 11:27–50:26 in the New American Commentary series (as well as associate general editor of the series), Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People in the Preaching the Word series, Joshua in the Teach the Text Commentary series, and The Post-Racial Church (coauthored with Beeson faculty member M. Sydney Park).
He translated “Leviticus” for The New Living Translation and is associate editor of the Old Testament for the new Evangelical Biblical Commentary series published by Lexham Press.
Mathews is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention. He serves as an itinerant preacher, conference speaker and Bible teacher. Mathews and his wife, Dea, have two adult children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.