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 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. Together with Dr. Anne Burkholder, Elliott is the author of The Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity (Wesley's Foundery Books, 2018).

    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.”

    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)

    Contemporary Wesleyan Spirituality and the Means of Grace