Women, Theology, and Ministry

Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry Program (WTM) seeks to educate all people who desire to facilitate transformation and advocate for the well-being of persons who identify as girls and women in the church and in the world. Candler WTM offers a broad range of classes that span our commitments to spirituality, scholarship, and advocacy.

For more information on the program email Lahronda Little, director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry program. Follow WTM on social media, at @CandlerWTMProgram on Facebook and Instagram.

More Information

Candler students enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree programs may earn a certificate in Women’s Studies in Theology and Ministry. The certificate program provides students with the opportunity for focused academic study of women and religion from feminist and womanist perspectives, as well as vocational discernment for women students pursuing diverse forms of ministry. For a list of courses, visit the link for your degree program above.

Becoming Informed

Through courses, lectures, internships and extracurricular activities the Women, Theology, and Ministry 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.

Jennifer R. Ayres, Professor of Religious Education

Sarah Bogue, Associate Professor in the Practice of the History of Christianity and Director of Digital Learning

Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Letitia Campbell, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Ethics and Society

Elizabeth Corrie, Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

Tara Doyle, Senior Research Fellow

Musa Dube, William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

Alison Collis Greene, Associate Professor of American Religious History; Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program

Jill B. Hamilton, Affiliated Faculty

Alice Hunt, Affiliated Faculty

Susan E. Hylen, Almar H. Shatford Professor of New Testament

Helen Jin Kim, Associate Professor of American Religious History

Kwok Pui Lan, Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology

Jan Love, Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics

Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Scholar-in-Residence

Ellen Ott Marshall, Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Director of the Graduate Division of Religion

Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Nichole R. Phillips, Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture; Director of the Black Church Studies Program

Susan Bigelow Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies

P. Alice Rogers, Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology

Karen D. Scheib, Scholar-in-Residence

Gabrielle Thomas, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Anglican Studies

Danielle Tumminio Hansen, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Care

Khalia J. Williams, Associate Dean of Worship and Music; Associate Professor in the Practice of Worship; Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program

Deanna F. Womack, Associate Professor in the Practice of History of Religions and Interfaith Studies

Support and Resources

Women who study at Candler School of Theology are creating new, diverse and sacred paths in ministry. The Women, Theology, and Ministry Program seeks to serve and support Candler women and alumnae and their communities in these journeys. The program focuses on four areas: support for all women’s studies, equipping women for the transition to parish ministry, curriculum issues related to gender, and international and ecumenical relationship.

The Alumnae Council, composed of women graduates of Candler School of Theology, supports the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program by advising about needs of women in parish and other ministries and about how Candler can offer women the best education for ministry, by developing resources for the program, and by serving as liaisons between Candler and women in ministry.

The Mentoring Program pairs women students 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.

The Laywomen’s Luncheons are bimonthly events for laywomen leaders on the theme of women, faith and leadership. The luncheon features presentations by women faculty and other women leaders and provide opportunities for support and networking.

The Emory Women’s Center serves the whole Emory community by providing special events, a newsletter, a resource center and networking opportunities for women throughout the university. University wide observance of Women’s History Month, sponsored by the Emory Women’s Center, includes special events at Candler and other parts of the university.

Community dialogues are monthly dialogues with Candler women faculty, a monthly snack lunch for students on third Thursdays from 12–1:00 pm, occasional dialogues with women in the parish ministry, and a sponsor program for junior women students.

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Sources for Women’s Studies in the Methodist Archives
The Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC) is the official archive repository of the British Methodist Church. It contains the largest collection of Methodist printed books and manuscripts in Europe, and is regarded as one of the world’s most important collections of source material relating to evangelical studies.

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), a general agency of The United Methodist Church, is charged with working to achieve the full and equal participation and responsibility of women in the church.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
This is a good collection of archive resources on the woman suffrage movement. It contains many full text sources.