Thomas W. Elliott, Jr.

Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Methodist Studies, Director of Contextual Education II, Teaching Parish Program, and Internships
Thomas W. Elliott, Jr.
Phone: 404.727.3006
    • DMin, Emory University, 1997
    • MDiv, Emory University, 1987
    • BA, Mercer University, 1984

    An elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr., served as the pastor of rural, town and suburban churches for 26 years prior to joining the Candler faculty in 2013. Ties to local churches, campus ministries, and non-profits in the Atlanta area and beyond are beneficial as he assists students in their second year contextual education placements in ecclesial settings, directs the Teaching Parish program, and structures internship opportunities. Elliott currently teaches classes in "Polity of the United Methodist Church," "Oral Presentation of Scripture and Sermon," and "Theology of Wesley and Methodism." He has also taught courses in: "History of Methodism," "Contemporary Wesleyan Spirituality and the Means of Grace," "Enabling and Evangelizing Church" and "Leadership in the Small Membership Church" 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 Advanced Course of Study.

    Elliott’s research interests focus on contextual education and the development of reflective practice, Polity of the United Methodist Church, and the spirituality of the Wesleyan movement. Together with Dr. Anne Burkholder, Elliott is the author of The Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity (Wesley's Foundery Books, 2018).

    Elliott 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 by the General Board of Discipleship, UMC. He frequently serves as guest preacher in churches and worships at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Emory’s campus. Elliott serves on the board of directors for the Salem Campground, one of the oldest existing camp meetings in the nation, and is also on the board of directors of the United Methodist Children’s Home and Project Transformation North Georgia.

    A singer/songwriter/musician, Elliott has performed as a musical storyteller in local churches, retreat settings, coffee houses and special venues. 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."

    Selected Works

    • Faculty Publication


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

    Chapters and Articles

    Author, arranger, producer, "Jubilee." New Song Studio, May 05, 2010

    "Wesleyan Traditions Shape a Pastor's Life." Candler Connection, Candler School of Theology, December 01, 2002

    Author, arranger, producer, "God's Time." Allgood Productions, October 05, 1999

    Selected Awards

    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

    Denman Evangelism Award Nominee, Atlanta-Emory District, North Georgia Conference, United Methodist Church

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 20, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 23, 2014

    Selected Courses

    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)

    Theology of Wesley and Methodism

    Contemporary Wesleyan Spirituality and the Means of Grace