Stephanie Smith Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament


  • PhD, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, Vanderbilt University
  • M.T.S., Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Biblical Studies & Spanish, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Nazarene International Language Institute, Quito, Ecuador

Courses Taught

  • Reading Scripture Faithfully - BIB 240
  • Old Testament History and Religion - HON 201

Experience in Field

  • Teaching Extern in Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
  • Megiddo Expedition, Megiddo, Israel

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member, Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Member, Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy
  • Licensed Minister, Church of the Nazarene, Chicago Central District
  • Curriculum development, Kenya Gender-Based Violence Partnership
  • Theology Team member, Nashville First Church of the Nazarene
  • Worship Intern, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Pulpit Supply, South Bend First Church of the Nazarene

Awards and Honors

  • Lilly Theology and Practice Program Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
  • Conference Presentation Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame
  • Travel grant for foreign language acquisition, University of Notre Dame
  • Larry D. Watson Ambassador Award, Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Department

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • "Following Jesus with Prophetic Imagination" in Following Jesus: Prophet, Priest, and King. eds. Timothy Gaines and Kara Lyons-Pardue. Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2018.
  • "Mercy" in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Ed. Robert Branson. Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (forthcoming)


  • "Build that Wall: Nehemiah's Narrative of (Dis)unity," Wesleyan Theological Society annual meeting
  • "Women in Ministry in Frontier Spaces" Women in Ministry Post-Graduate and Research Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland