Dr. John Ed Mathison retired in June 2008 after serving 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. At his retirement, Frazer had eight Sunday morning worship services at the Atlanta Highway campus — 3 traditional, 3 contemporary, 1 Hispanic and 1 Chinese. Frazer televised its worship services nationwide each week with INSP network, reaching about 40 million homes. They were also cybercast live and carried on local radio and television. Under his leadership, Frazer grew from 400 members to 9,000 and had the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches in America. In 2006, The Church Reporter magazine recognized Frazer as the 25th most influential church in America.
In July 2008, John Ed and his board of directors established the John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries, which involves preaching, teaching, conferences and seminars, focusing on training pastors and lay persons to be leaders impacting the world for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. John Ed also records a daily one-minute audio devotion and writes a weekly inspirational blog which has a large readership. He has written 11 books.
The son of a United Methodist minister, John Ed graduated from Opelika High School and Young Harris Junior College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, a Master’s degree from Princeton Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Candler School of Theology. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary, Huntingdon College and Birmingham Southern College.
John Ed was an All-State basketball player for 3 years in high school and a leading scorer at Young Harris Junior College and Huntingdon College. He was consistently ranked #1 in his age division in tennis in Alabama and #3 in the South. In 2014 he was inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame. He has won 7 state racquetball championships.
John Ed is part of the God-Sized Vision to start 5 million churches and win 1 billion people to Christ by 2020. He has traveled to India 4 times to teach pastors as part of Billion Soul Initiative. John Ed has served as platform speaker for the National Conference of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and platform speaker for the National Hi-Y Tri-Hi-Y Conference at Black Mountain, NC. He has been a seminar speaker at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.
In 1994, John Ed was selected as the National Clergyman of the Year by The Religious Heritage of America, joining the ranks of such nationally known figures as Billy Graham to receive the honor. He was selected as “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006.
John Ed served as associate minister at Capitol Heights Methodist Church in Montgomery 1964-1966; minister at South Brookley Methodist Church in Mobile 1966-1970, and minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City 1970-1972 until he was appointed to Frazer. He was elected to serve at 6 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The UMC and as the Chairman of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy.
He and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters, Vicki, Lauren, and Clay, and one son, Si. They are also the proud grandparents of eight grandsons, Eddie, Robert, John, David, Will, Thomas, Mat, John Thomas and two granddaughters, Catherine and Margaret Healey.