Dr. Christopher Mathews

Dean, Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts
Professor of Music
Office Location Raley Chapel, 202
Phone (Office) 405.585.4300
OBU Mailbox # 61276
Email christopher.mathews@okbu.edu


Dr. Christopher W. Mathews began his role as Dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts June 2016 after serving for eight years as Chair of the Department of Music at Union University, Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to that time, he was Director of Choral Activities at Clemson University and served churches in part- and full-time capacities in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Choirs under Dr. Mathew’s direction have performed in prestigious venues in the United States and Europe, including the National Cathedral, the St. Louis Basilica, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City as well as for state and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Shawnee, are raising three daughters, and are thrilled to be a part of the legacy and mission of Oklahoma Baptist University.


  • Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, Union University
  • Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Southwest Missouri State University
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, University of Kentucky

Courses Taught

  • Bison Glee Club
  • Choral Conducting, Choral Literature, and Rehearsal Techniques
  • Worship Leadership, Theology and History of Christian Worship
  • Music Theory


Mathews, Christopher W. “Songs of the Reformation: Leading the Church in Worship.” Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival Since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today. Ray Van Neste and Michael Garrett, ed. B&H Academic, 2017.

Mathews, Christopher W. “Duly Noted.” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. 27:4 (July/August 2014)

Mathews, Christopher W. “Sounding through the Centuries: The Influence of the King James Version over Four Centuries of Musical Composition.” KJV400: The Legacy & Impact of the King James Version. Ray Van Neste, ed. BorderStone Press, 2012.

Mathews, Christopher W. “Music Education from a Christian Perspective.” Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education. David S. Dockery, ed. B&H Publishing Group, 2012.