Eric L. Mathis, PhD is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. There, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music and worship and is Executive Director at the Center for Worship and the Arts. Before moving to Alabama, Eric taught as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Baylor University. He has maintained leadership roles in various congregations across the United States, most recently as Organist and Pianist at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
An accomplished musician, 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 concentrations in choral conducting and organ from Baylor University, a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Theology (Christian Worship, Preaching) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
A sought-after collaborative pianist and organist, Mathis demonstrates fluency across a broad style of music including classical, gospel, jazz, and contemporary and popular idioms. He has accompanied soloists as well as choral ensembles nationally and internationally, including the Samford University A Cappella Choir, the Baylor University A Cappella Choir, the Baylor University Men’s Choir, and the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club. Mathis has accompanied a wide range of vocal and choral literature while working with notable conductors Jeffery Ames, Anton Armstrong, Donald Bailey, Rodney Eichenberger, Mary Hopper, Weston Noble, Paul Salamunovich, Z. Randall Stroope, and others.
Eric is married to Brittany, a Certified Public Accountant with Spire Energy. Together, they are dog parents to a miniature Schnauzer, Gainey, and members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where they volunteer with the student ministry and worship ministry.