With the start of the 2015-2016 academic year approaching, Candler School of Theology welcomes five new faculty and senior staff members to its ranks, including a new faculty position as well as directors for Contextual Education I and three of Candler’s certificate programs.

WomackDeanna Ferree Womack joins the faculty as the school’s first assistant professor in the practice of history of religions and multi-faith relations, a new position created as part of the Leadership and Multi-Faith Program Candler established this year with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. Womack comes to Candler from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she earned her MDiv in 2007, ThM in 2008, and PhD in Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions in 2015. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Womack spent two years in Lebanon working as a Christian educator and an associate minister. She has lectured and published widely, and is a member of the American Society of Church History, the Middle East Studies Association, the International Association for Mission Studies and the American Academy of Religion.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Womack, who has already demonstrated a passion for teaching, a drive to accomplish excellent scholarship, and a dedication to serve the community,” says Dean Jan Love. “I have no doubt that she will help Candler faculty and students navigate with more depth and insight the range of multi-faith issues that leaders of Christian communities encounter.”

CampbellLetitia Campbell has been named director of Contextual Education I and Clinical Pastoral Education, as well as senior program coordinator for the Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership, succeeding Richard Landers. Campbell is completing her PhD in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory’s Laney Graduate School, where she also worked as coordinator of community and strategic partnerships. She received her MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. A candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Campbell specializes in Christian social ethics, social and political theory, globalization and the role of religion in challenging global inequities. She has served as special assistant to the dean of Emory’s Chapel and Religious Life, a staff member for the Youth Theological Initiative, and has collaborated with religious groups to develop tools for faith-based anti-poverty and anti-racism education.

HaggrayShelby Haggray succeeds David Key as Candler’s Director of Baptist Studies, and will also be assistant professor in the practice of practical theology. From 2003 to 2013, Haggray, an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, was associate dean for community life at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. During her time in the nation’s capital, she also served as minister of adult education at the First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. and minister of discipleship at Metropolitan Baptist Church. Haggray earned an MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary, as well as a bachelor of arts in journalism and public relations and a master of arts in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

IngramToni Belin Ingram will serve as director of Candler’s Black Church Studies (BCS) program, as well as assistant professor in the practice of practical theology. She succeeds Teresa Fry Brown, who has been named the school’s next Bandy Professor of Preaching. Ingram, a 2007 Candler graduate, pastors Greater Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, and has also served as a chaplain intern at Emory University Hospital. She specializes in pastoral care, faith and philanthropy, church and community, nonprofit leadership and urban ministries.

ShepardEllen Shepard is Candler’s new director of the Women, Theology and Ministry (WTM) program, and assistant professor in the practice of practical theology. She succeeds Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen D. Scheib, and is no stranger to WTM, having served as acting director during Scheib’s sabbatical this past academic year. Shepard is the senior pastor at Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, has been an adjunct faculty member at Candler in the areas of church leadership and administration and vocational discernment, and has taught in Candler’s Course of Study program. She received her MDiv from Garrett Theological Seminary and her DMin from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2011 with a concentration in Christian Spirituality.