The Rev. Dr. Don Harp’s role as Pastor/Theologian-in-Residence at Candler was created to help students gain insights from pastors with a career’s worth of experience. He teaches in Candler’s renowned Contextual Education program and serves as a special advisor to the dean in the areas of development and church and community relations. Before coming to Candler in 2008, Harp pastored congregations in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church for more than 40 years, and was a delegate to both the General and Southeastern Conferences of the United Methodist Church. 

Harp has served on the City Council of Carrollton, Georgia, Mayor Bill Campbell's Atlanta Advisory Committee, and the President's Advisory Council of Oglethorpe University. He also serves on the boards of Fidelity Bank, the Georgia YMCA, the Winship Cancer Institute, and is a member of the Buckhead Coalition and a trustee of Young Harris College. He was named a Candler School of Theology Centennial medalist in 2014.

Harp is Minister Emeritus of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, where, under his leadership as senior pastor, the congregation established an impressive record of local, national, and global mission engagement and experienced tremendous growth.