Thomas W. Elliott, Jr.

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology; Director, Contextual Education II; Director, Teaching Parish Program and Ministry 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 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 has also taught courses at Candler in Methodist Studies, evangelism, and preaching, as well as classes in the Wesleyan Movement and theology in Course of Study, and UM Polity, evangelism and preaching as part of Advanced Course of Study.

    Elliott’s research interests focus on contextual education and the development of reflective practice, discipling in the ministry of Jesus, the spirituality of the Wesleyan movement and United Methodist Polity.

    He is a member of The United Methodist Theological Field Educators and the Association of Theological Field Educators, 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.”

    Selected Works

      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

    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, 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

    Selected Courses

    Theology in the Practice of Ministry

    Enabling and Evangelizing Church

    Leadership in the Small Membership Church

    Polity of The United Methodist Church