Thomas W. Elliott, Jr.
An elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr., served as the pastor of town, rural and suburban churches for 26 years prior to joining the Candler faculty in 2013. His ties to local churches in the area and certification in spiritual formation by the General Board of Discipleship are beneficial as he assists students in their second year placements in ecclesial settings. Elliott regularly teaches classes in "Polity of the United Methodist Church" and "Leadership in the Small Membership Church." He has also taught courses in: evangelism and preaching in the MDiv program; "Theology in the Practice of Ministry" and "Wesleyan Movement" in the Course of Study program; and UM Polity, evangelism, sacraments, and preaching in the Advanced Course of Study program.
Elliott’s research interests focus on contextual education and the development of reflective practice, the practice of discipling in the ministry of Jesus, the spirituality of the Wesleyan movement and Polity of the UMC.
He is a member of The United Methodist Theological Field Educators and the Association of Theological Field Educators, the American Academy of Religion, and is certified in spiritual formation. Elliott is active at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Emory’s campus, and frequently serves as guest preacher in other churches. He serves on the board of trustees for the Salem Camp Meeting, one of the oldest existing camp meetings in the nation.
A singer/songwriter, Elliott has performed as a musical evangelist in local congregations, church settings and coffee houses. He has completed two CD projects, including Jubilee, a collection of worship songs written throughout his ministry.
In 2015, Candler students recognized Elliott for his dedication to teaching, naming him “Faculty Person of the Year.”
Author, arranger, producer,Jubilee. New Song Studio,2010
"Wesleyan Traditions Shape a Pastor's Life," in Candler Connection. Candler School of Theology,2002
Author, arranger, producer,God's Time. Allgood Productions,1999
Faculty Person of the Year, Candler School of Theology, 2014-2015.
Excellence in Evangelism Award, Board of Witness and Worship, North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, 2000.
Denman Evangelism Award Nominee, Atlanta-Emory District, North Georgia Conference, United Methodist Church, 1997.
Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 23, 2014
Polity of the United Methodist Church
Leadership in the Small Membership Church
Oral Presentation of Scripture and Sermon
Theological Reflection on the Practice of Ministry (COS)