Prof. Jon Mathis

Jon Mathis Prof. Jon Mathis
  • Dean Of Student Services


Favorite Quote

“It’s time to start seeing the world through strengths-colored glasses.” - Edward “Chip” Anderson

Where I come from

I was fortunate enough to have been born in to a loving, Christ-centered family and grew up in Salem, Oregon with my parents and younger brother. I have both rural and urban roots, so I love being in Portland because I can have all the luxuries of a major city while being only about 20 minutes from beautiful farm land.

Faith story

I came to faith in Christ when I was 6 years old when I prayed with my dad on the Oregon coast. My journey in to truly following Christ started more in college when I attended Biola University. It was there that I learned how to show my true self to others and experience the grace and love of God through His people. The friends I made in college have now become part of my family and play a huge role in who I am today.

Why I teach at Multnomah

As an administrative faculty member I do not instruct a specific course, but am often teaching small sections of a particular course. My real educational opportunities come outside of the classroom as I counsel and advise students. I chose to do this at Multnomah because there is a different feel here than at other institutions. The students are hungry for a real interaction with the risen Lord. Their sense of anticipation that God will work has fueled my own relationship with Christ and given me a purpose to create opportunities for students to learn and grow.

Current ministry outside class

I lead a weekly small group and serve on the council for Adult Education and Care Group ministries at First Covenant Church.

Education and Research

I am specifically interested in researching and teaching about strengths-based education. I believe that God has given each of us certain talents to use for His glory and I am passionate about helping students discover, affirm, develop, and apply these talents for the Kingdom.

People who inspire me

Edward “Chip” Anderson who wrote the book Strengths Quest and was my mentor before he passed away in 2005.

Favorite verse in the Bible

Philippians 4:4-9

Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities

I love to play basketball or “Noon ball” at Multnomah with students, faculty, and alumni. I’m also getting more into grilling and love good coffee.

Family or other information

I have a beautiful wife of 11 years, Tammy, and three of the cutest kids you’ll ever see: Malena, Briella, and Josiah. If you don’t believe me you’ll have to stop by office to see a picture. We live close to campus so you’ll see them around occasionally.

I love being a part of the Multnomah community. I have felt at home here since the first day I came to campus!