Women, Theology, and Ministry

Mission Statement: Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program educates women and men to be transformative leaders and advocates for the well being of girls and women in the church and in the world. We live out this mission through:


Certificate In Women and Religion

The WTM Certificate Program offers an opportunity for focused study of issues relevant to women, theology and ministry within the M.Div or M.T.S program. Required and elective courses (13 hrs) provide: 1) focused academic study of women and religion from, feminist and womanist perspectives 2) vocational discernment for women students pursuing diverse forms of ministry. Students may enroll in the WTM Certificate Program by completing the certificate enrollment form and returning it to the registrar.

The WTM Annual Women’s Forum Lectures

The Women’s Forum Lectures brings outstanding women scholars and leaders to campus to address: 1) emerging issues in the academic study of women, theology and religion, 2) issues of vocational and spiritual formation for women, and 3) advocacy for women regarding issues impacting women’s lives and well-being. One of these three themes is addressed each year in a three-year cycle.


The Mentoring Program

Women students are paired with women alumni and other area clergy serving in a variety of ministry settings. Mentors and mentees gather four times a year to discuss issues of issues of vocational and spiritual formation for ministry The program prepares women for the realities of ministry and assists in the transition from seminary to ministry. Students do not need to be enrolled in the WTM Certificate Program to participate in this program.

Annual Retreat

A two- to three-day retreat is offered every year focusing on spiritual practices to sustain women in ministry is open to all women students and alumni.


Becoming Informed

Through courses, lectures, internships, and extracurricular activities the WTM Program educates students about issues such as violence against women, women’s health, and economic development and other issues impacting women’s lives.


Students are encouraged to engage in community and student groups promoting advocacy, service, and leadership on local and global issues that affect women’s well-being.

For more information contact:
WTM Director: Dr. Karen Scheib kscheib@emory.edu
WTM Coordinator of Vocational Formation: Dr. Ellen Shepard seshepa@emory.edu
WTM Program Associate: Brenda Bennefield  bsteven@emory.edu

For further information, contact Brenda Bennefield, Program Associate, at 404.727.4180 or bsteven@emory.edu.