Dr. Chris Mathews

VP of Academic Affairs

Dr. Christopher W. Mathews began his role as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Crown College, July 2021. Prior to that time, he served for five years as Dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and for eight years before that as the Chair of the Department of Music at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He was also Director of Choral Activities at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, and throughout his career has served churches in part- and full-time capacities in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. Dr. Mathews earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Union University, the Master of Music from Southwest Missouri State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Mathews is married to Dr. Leslie Mathews, who serves as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Together, they have three grown daughters, a son-in-law, and one amazing grandson. Chris loves to read , watch movies with his family, talk about education and worship, and play the piano.

“I am thrilled to be a part of what God is doing at Crown College, joining a team of dedicated and capable faculty and staff who invest in the lives of students to provide a Biblically-based education for Christian leadership in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church-at-large, and the world. As a community, we are committed to building on our rich legacy as we strive with all the energy that Christ powerfully works in us, sending students who are called to serve and prepared to lead; women and men who have been taught wisely, prepared professionally, and guided to live faithfully to the glory of Christ, in Whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”