Dr. Ron Matthews (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Tabernacle)

 The Ocean City Tabernacle welcomes back Ron Matthews, president of Eastern University, to speak at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Dr. Matthews was appointed as Eastern’s 10th president in 2018 after serving as a music professor, chairman of the Music Department and executive director of the Fine and Performing Arts Division since 2010.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated from Central High School. Having received a Philadelphia Board of Education music scholarship, he did his undergraduate work in Church Music and Organ at Westminster Choir College, where he graduated magna cum laude and received both the Senior Class Conducting Award and the Christian Leadership Award.

He received the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, during which time he was invited to conduct the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra for a recording project in Tel Aviv.

He has conducted, recorded and performed in France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the Vatican. He is a commissioned and published composer and has performed and recorded regularly with his younger brother, Rev. Dr. Gary Matthews, in concerts and workshops throughout the United States and internationally.

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Located at 550 Wesley Avenue, the Ocean City Tabernacle is a family ministry center where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central. 2021 marks the Tabernacle’s 142nd year of ministry.