S. Ellen Shepard

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology; Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program
S. Ellen Shepard
Phone: 404.727.4158
    • DMin, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2011
    • MCE, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1994
    • BS, Texas A&M University, 1975

    The Rev. Dr. S. Ellen Shepard is the director of Women, Theology and Ministry. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Candler in the area of practical theology for the past 14 years, and has taught in Candler’s Course of Study program. Shepard brings to Candler decades of ministerial experience in United Methodist Churches, and most recently as the senior pastor of Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, a welcoming, multi ethnic, multi racial community.

    Her current research includes spiritual formation, vocational discernment for a sustained life in ministry, women’s studies, Christian spirituality and women’s advocacy. Shepard has written two books and co-authored a third, and recently completed a series of devotions for Reflections (Smyth & Helwys), as well as numerous articles and curriculum for The United Methodist Publishing House.

    Selected publications


      A River in the Desert: 12 Retreats for Women. Abingdon Press, 2001

      Who Dared? Joshua Dared. Abingdon Press, 1998

      Co-author,Teaching the Bible to Elementary Children. Discipleship Resources, 1990

      Service of Word and Table Sermon, Cannon Chapel, November 8, 2016

      selected courses

      Vocational Discernment for a Sustained Life in Ministry

      The Art and Practice of Christian Prayer