Ann Lister was a student at a nearby college when she accepted a friend’s invitation to shadow her for a day at Candler. It was life-defining: "God puts us in a situation where we learn what we are supposed to learn. Candler is where I was meant to be." Read more.
We encourage our students to test their convictions and ultimately strengthen their faith. Part of that journey is private prayer, part is communal worship. At Candler, worship shapes the rhythm of our daily lives and comes in many different styles and Christian traditions—a variety that’s central to spiritual formation. Read more.
Our students never stop talking to each other about their beliefs. Faculty, students and staff alike challenge each other to look beyond what is comfortable and convenient—to "work it out" and strengthen our understanding of faith. MDiv student Ben Gosden says, "The point is not to agree with everyone, but to grasp why you believe what you believe." Read more.
One of the most inspiring possibilities at Candler is studying with world-renowned faculty who are leaders in both church and academy. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching—named one of the top 12 preachers in the English-speaking world—says, "Candler’s dual commitment, both to the community of faith and to searching inquiry, is remarkable." Read more.
Five years ago, Centenary UMC was faced with the possibility of closing its doors. But rather than abandon its impoverished community, the church decided to stay "as an outpost of Jesus’ love." With three Candler alums leading the way, membership has grown to more than 200 and the neighborhood is coming back to life. Read more.
Gretchen Van Ess, MDiv/MPH ’11, saw firsthand how Candler’s international programs change lives. She helped bring safe water to children in Haiti (and made fast friends in the process!). Candler has exchanges, internships, and travel seminars from Argentina to Zimbabwe and many places in between. Read more.
Candler School of Theology prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. We are people of every stripe—reflecting and embracing our own ethnic origins, theological perspectives, denominations, political viewpoints, age, and personal stories of faith. What we share is our commitment to Christ and the church. Read more. Watch Real video.