Dr. Jan Love, dean of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is an internationally recognized leader in church and ecumenical arenas and a scholar of world politics, particularly issues of religion and politics, conflict transformation, and globalization. The daughter of a Methodist minister, Love was raised in parishes throughout south Alabama, where she began a lifelong commitment to denominational service. She has been a lay leader at state, national, and international levels since she was in high school, including representing The United Methodist Church (UMC) on the World Council of Churches from 1975-2006, and serving on the boards of several United Methodist agencies. From 2004-2006, Love was the chief executive officer of United Methodist Women, the largest denominational women’s organization, with more than 800,000 members who raise up to $20 million annually for programs and projects related to women, children, and youth in the United States and abroad.
Love earned bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in political science and served on the faculty of the University of South Carolina for more than two decades in the departments of religious studies and government and international studies. Known in theological education for her administrative acumen and dedicated leadership, she serves on the board of directors of the Association of Theological Schools, as vice president of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools, as vice president of the Atlanta Theological Association, as secretary of the UMC’s University Senate, and on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the North Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC.
"Practicing Consensus at the Table: Doing Democracy Differently," in Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ's Table. Discipleship Resources,2006
"Multilateralism: Faithful Reflections on International Relations," in For the Peace of the World: A Christian Curriculum on International Relations. Friendship Press,2005
Southern Africa in World Politics: Local Aspirations and Global Entanglements. Westview Press,2005
"Walking and Talking: A Tribute to Konrad Raiser," in The Ecumenical Review, vol. 56, issue 1. World Council of Churches,2004
The U.S Anti-Apartheid Movement: Local Activism in Global Politics. Praeger Publishers,1985
Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars, Morehouse College, 2011.
Alice Lee Award, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Commission on the Status and Role of Women, 2006.
College of Liberal Arts Scholarship Support (CLASS) Award, University South Carolina, 2003.
Walker Institute of International Studies Faculty Summer Research Grant, University South Carolina, 2003.
Hewlett Foundation Curriculum Development Grant, Freshman Year Experience, University South Carolina, 2002.
Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alpha Chapter of Mortar Board, University South Carolina, 2001.
Exceptional Leadership in Ecumenical Arenas, United Methodist Council of Bishops, 2000.
Head of Delegation for the World Council of Churches Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in September, and the NGO Forum on Women in Hairou, in August, 1995.
Suzanne Armacost Medal for Alumni Service to Community, Eckerd College, 1993.
Faculty Research and Productive Scholarship Grant, University South Carolina, 1987.
Spring Convocation, Cannon Chapel, January 12, 2016
Fall Convocation, Cannon Chapel, August 27, 2015
Candler Diploma Ceremony, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, May 11, 2015