Chat Room: Kristi Mathews

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By Lance Coleman

Name: Kristi Mathews

Age: 33

Married to Chris Mathews with daughter Haven, 9, and a son, Jordan, 7.

Occupation: Stay at home mom; professional Contemporary Christian singer with upcoming CD release, "Who Could Fathom," the second week of May. It will be available at Maryville Alcoa Christian Book Supply in New Midland Shopping Center.

What is the best present you ever received?
"My parents bought me a new car for Christmas when I was 19. They hid it in the garage and then sent me out there to get my little sister’s bike that she had gotten for Christmas, and there was my car. It was precious because, in my heart, I knew the sacrifices it must have taken to get that car. We couldn’t afford a bright red GEO Storm."

If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?
"My husband. He is a great multi-tool. He can do anything."

If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
Mathews says she would do the "Extreme Home Makeover" television show.

What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?
"The one thing that I still wanted to do, I am currently doing. I am releasing a CD project in May. However, with my personality being what it is, I am certain I will come up with something else as soon as that is done."

What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
"Rosanne Barr once said on her sitcom in response to discipline problems with her kids, ‘I think I now understand why some animals eat their young!’ "

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
"I have always wanted to enter a fitness competition."

Do you think there is life on other planets?
"Who knows? We have only begun to scrape the surface of God’s creation. We are so small, aren’t we? I hope we never discover it if there is life on other planets or in other galaxies because we can’t take care of what we have been given here."

What are you reading currently?
" ‘Extravagant Worship,’ by Darlene Zchech. This is the third time that I have read it. It is an amazing work."

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
"I would like to say something like Billy Graham or Adrian Rogers, but unfortunately our society seems much more readily influenced by the Paris Hiltons of the world. As for me, Jesus remains to be the most influential person today?just as He was when He walked the Earth."

What was your most embarrassing moment?
"Once, coming out of a movie, it was dark, and I latched on to the wrong date. I walked all the way out arm-in-arm with a stranger. He didn’t seem to mind. He thought I was trying to pick him up. His wife looked a bit less amused."

Why did you pursue the career you chose?
"I really didn’t choose my career. It chose me. I have two undergrad degrees, a master’s degree, and am well into the pursuit of a Ph.D. The funny thing is that I have never used my education for any career. I recently left a career of eight years to be at home with my children. I feel very blessed to have this time with them. It is the hardest job I have ever had. I have never been so busy!"

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
"Determined."

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
"A mom and a singer. I was already traveling with my grandfather who was a preacher and singing everywhere that he preached. I did my first radio commercial at age 2 for a crusade."

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
"I would be less obsessive. I would let things ride a little more. I get tunnel vision. If I am on a task, I won’t leave it until it is done. I forget to enjoy life sometimes."

What is your passion?
"No question that leading worship is my true passion. I wake up thinking about it in the night. Each time is a brand new experience, and it never gets old."

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
"My daddy. We buried him on Mother’s Day last year. I just want to talk with him about softball. I think we would have Humdinger food and a picnic on a pitcher’s mound at Everett Ball field."

What do you hate?
"Being late and being lazy."

Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?
"Govs. That is my alma mater, and my nephew plays football there!"

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
"No, but Mr. Wild at William Blount did send me out in the hall once, and I am still devastated. As a matter of fact, I think I only had two spankings in my life."

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