Dr. Matthews has been deeply involved in academic publishing throughout his career, serving as senior editor of academic books for Abingdon Press (1989-1997) and as editorial director of Scholars Press (1997-1999) and of the Society for Biblical Literature (1997-2003). He is currently the general editor of the Kingswood Books series for scholarly works in Wesleyan and Methodist studies, which he established during his tenure with Abingdon Press, and managing editor of Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, an online scholarly journal based at Emory. He also served as co-chair of the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion from 2007 to 2013.
Dr. Matthews's own research interests focus on the life and thought of John Wesley, particularly in his eighteenth-century theological and philosophical context, and on the historical and theological development of Methodism in both Britain and America. His book Timetables of History for Students of Methodism received the 2007 Saddlebag Selection Award from the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church as "the best book published during the year on the history, biography, polity or theology of United Methodism." In 2010, Dr. Matthews received the Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award for "faithful and dedicated service" by vote of the Candler Class of 2010. He was Candler's recipient of the 2012 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, the university's highest honor for teaching. He also received an Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church in 2012.
Dr. Rex D. Matthews
Candler School of Theology
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