The Candler Centennial

The Candler Centennial in Story and Prophecy

Candler marks its Centennial in the 2014-2015 academic year with a variety of events highlighting memories of the past and visions for the future. The celebration is designed to showcase Candler's contributions to theological education and to the church during the past 100 years; its role within and contribution to Emory University during the past 100 years; its vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing theology in the 21st century; the excellence of Candler's faculty and its commitment to Candler's core values; and the accomplishments of Candler's alumni and friends/donors.

Candler is hosting a series of Centennial events throughout the fall and spring, including a Centennial Convocation October 24 and a Centennial Academic Conference March 18-20. Learn more about Candler's Centennial events.

Candler looks back at its 100-year story. View this timeline of major milestones. 

The timeline reflects highlights from Religion and Reason Joined: Candler at One Hundred, an account of the school's history written by Gary S. Hauk. Purchase the book.

Read an overview of our history, “famous” quotes from Candler notables, fun facts about the school and Pitts Theology Library, and more throughout the school year. Learn more.


Alumni and members of the Emory University community were invited to nominate candidates for a Centennial Medal, a special recognition for making extraordinary contributions to Candler, the Church and the larger society.

This group of notable women and men, including alumni, friends, faculty, staff and administrators, represent the best of Candler's story, past and present, whether their influence helped shape the institution of today, or they used what they learned here to foster positive transformation in the world.

Many may no longer be with us, but it is our aim to recognize the breadth and depth of those who brought us to this milestone and whose legacy will no doubt sustain Candler's collective vision in the century to come.

Learn more about the Centennial Medalists.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, serves as chair of the Centennial, and April L. Bogle, co-director of the Office of Communications, is the director of the Centennial. Mathew Pinson, assistant dean of Development and Alumni Relations, leads the Fall Celebration planning and Johnson leads the Centennial Academic Conference planning.

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