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 United Methodist polity, evangelism, sacraments, and preaching in Advanced Course of Study. He also teaches preaching and worship in The United Methodist North and South Georgia Licensing School. At Emory, Elliott is a member of the Religion and Health Collaborative Faculty Executive Committee with Rollins School of Public Health.

    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), and they are working on a second book on United Methodist Polity. He is also launching a research project on the formational aspects of John Wesley's preaching at Nazarene Theological College of Manchester University, U.K.

    Elliott is a member of The United Methodist Theological Field Educators and the Association of Theological Field Educators where he serves on the steering committee, 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 has his charge conference connection 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.

    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."


      Writer, arranger, producer, "Jubilee," New Song Studio,2010

      Writer, arranger, producer, "God's Time," Allgood Productions,1999


      Contributor,Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2018

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

      Chapters and Articles

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

      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

      “The Question of Resurrection,” from the Scripture reading Luke 20:27-40. Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 5, 2019

      “By This Everyone Will Know…” Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 17, 2018

      “A Different Kind of Love,” Orientation Worship, Cannon Chapel, August 17, 2017

      "Never Lose Sight of Jesus", from the Scripture reading Luke 19:1-10. 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