Terry Mattingly tackles the implications of religion in current events and delves deeply into each subject he covers in his column, On Religion.
Terry Mattingly's father was a pastor and his mother is a language arts teacher, so it's no surprise that Terry's career has blended religion, journalism and teaching. Mattingly has worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and at the Charlotte Observer and Charlotte News, before those two newspapers merged. In 1991, Mattingly began teaching at Denver Seminary and later became a founding member of the Association for Communications and Theological Education. He has a master's degree in Church-State Studies from Baylor University and a master's in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After a decade of leading a summer journalism program for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Mattingly moved inside the Beltway in 2005 to serve as director of the Washington Journalism Center (wjc.bestsemester.com). Mattingly also leads the GetReligion.org website, which critiques the mainstream media's coverage of religion news. Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has never met a mountain he didn't love. He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic acoustic guitar to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a librarian in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. They have two children and two grandchildren and are members of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland.