Anne Burkholder

Associate Dean of Methodist Studies; Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership
Anne Burkholder
Phone: 404.727.1351
    • PhD, Emory University, 1992
    • MDiv, Emory University, 1977
    • BA, Florida State University, 1974

    On leave for fall 2019.

    In addition to her role as Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership, the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder 77T 92G is the first faculty member at Candler to hold the title of associate dean of Methodist Studies, responsible for the candidacy, commissioning and relocation needs of Methodist students. Burkholder also supervises the training of local pastors in The United Methodist Course of Study School at Emory, and oversees other United Methodist lifelong learning opportunities sponsored by Candler, including the Mallard Lay Theology Institute, and the Marcy Fellowship. She manages relations between Candler and the denomination’s annual regional conferences and general agencies.

    Her research interests include pastoral ethics, United Methodist polity and global Methodism.

    An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Burkholder served as the director of connectional ministries, district superintendent, urban ministries director and pastor in the Florida Conference prior to joining Candler in 2008.

    She has extensive experience as a congregational transformation consultant, social services ministries developer and disaster response coordinator. Burkholder currently serves on the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and chairs a committee that focuses on legislative matters coming before the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the American Academy of Religion.

    Selected publications

    • Faculty Publication


    Co-author,The Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity. Wesley's Foundery Books, 2018

    Chapters and Articles

    "The Clash Among Unity, Inclusion, and Covenant: Lessons from History," in Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality, General Board Of Higher Education and Ministry, January 18, 2018

    "Leadership in Troubled Times." Interpreter Magazine, UM Communications, March 01, 2009

    Burkholder is currently involved in a project comparing understandings of call and ordination in Russian and Italian Methodism. She hopes to extend the study to other countries with the intention of distinguishing between the views our multiple traditions hold in common and can be considered essential to a Methodist view and those that are conditioned by the context of where people live and serve.

    "United Methodists prepare for plan tougher on LGBTQ issues"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 26, 2019

    "The United Methodist Meeting Offered No Clear Way Forward. What Now?" - The Christian Century, March 13, 2019

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, February 17, 2017

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, February 2, 2016

    Selected courses

    Introduction to Seminary 

    Pastoral Ethics

    United Methodist Polity