Candler Black Excellence

In 2021, Candler launched a multi-year initiative called “Candler Black Excellence” (CBE) to celebrate the school’s Black faculty, alumni and students through videos, podcasts, interviews and articles highlighting their notable contributions to Candler, the academy, the church and the world. The first phase of the initiative honors the gifts, graces and achievements of Candler’s Black faculty, evident in their research and publications, commitment to teaching and mentoring, community engagement, political involvement, and church and denominational leadership. We will add content to this page as it is produced.

Candler alumnus and AME minister Elliott Robinson 16T is the project’s director. For more details about CBE, read the launch article.

Explore Candler Black Excellence


In "Candler Black Excellence: Teresa Fry Brown on Mentorship" Bandy Professor of Preaching Teresa L. Fry Brown—the first Black woman to attain the rank of full professor at Candler—on her mentorship of Candler students across nearly three decades.

Introducing Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Joel B. Kemp. Kemp joined the Candler faculty in the fall of 2020. In this video, "Candler Black Excellence: Introducing Joel B. Kemp," he shares his vocational journey from law school and ministry to the academy.

In "Candler Black Excellence: Emmanuel Lartey on Pastoral and Spiritual Care" Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care Emmanuel Y. Lartey offers his take on pastoral and spiritual care during the pandemic—including thoughts on what elements might be easier than they were pre-COVID.



These episodes of the “Candler in Conversation” podcast from The Candler Foundry were produced as part of the Candler Black Excellence initiative.

williams-khalia-rec.jpgKhalia J. Williams, associate dean of worship and music and associate professor in the practice of worship and co-director of Candler’s Baptist Studies Program, discusses her research on the impact of breath and breath-work in both pedagogy and day-to-day life. Her research is sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Listen to the podcast episode.


 williams-damon-rec.jpgGood friends and dual pastor-professors Kevin Murriel and Damon Williams talk about often unspoken insights into the life of a pastor. Murriel is senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church, and assistant professor in the practice of practical theology and director of the Black Methodist Seminarians Program at Candler. Williams is senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, and assistant professor in the practice of practical ministry and co-director of the Baptist Studies Program at Candler. Listen to the podcast episode.