Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute

Throughout an unforgettable career, Dr. William (Bill) Mallard taught the Scriptures and the history of the Christian church in United Methodist congregations, at conferences and at Candler. Bill Mallard came to Emory University's Candler School of Theology in 1957 after teaching religion at Sweet Briar College. That same year, Bill was ordained an elder and accepted into full connection in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. A fabulously popular lecturer, full of intelligence, warmth, patience, fun and Christian commitment, Bill died on December 23, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Gatra, three adult children, and five grandchildren.

The Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute offers theology seminars for laity of all denominations. Each year, in partnership with a variety of congregations, seminars are led by faculty from Candler School of Theology and professionals. Churches and Candler School of Theology serve as host sites for the seminars. The curriculum provides excellent theological learning for a lay, ecumenical student body. The goal of the Lay Theology Institute is to provide stimulating theological study to persons regardless of their religious or academic background.