Accolades for Candler Faculty, Staff

February 19, 2019

In the midst of the new semester, a number of Candler faculty and staff members have received noteworthy honors.

  • James Abbington, associate professor of church music and worship, was honored as one of the “How Beautiful Are the Feet” awardees at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in Birmingham, Alabama February 18-21.
  • Elizabeth Corrie, associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding, has been awarded a grant from the Louisville Institute for her research leave project, “Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Cultivating Faith that Overcomes Silence and Transforms Violence.”
  • Robert M. Franklin Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, delivered the Thomas White Currie Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in early February on “Moral Agency and Leadership.” Watch his firstsecond, and third lectures.
  • Susan E. Hylen, associate professor of New Testament, has been awarded a Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for her research leave. She will study the history of women’s participation in church life in the early church with pastors and church leaders, discerning how historical claims do (and should) function in contemporary discussions.
  • Hylen and Steven J. Kraftchick, professor in the practice of New Testament interpretation, are featured in AIB TV’s series “Sacred Words” on the Bible exploring its authorship, multiple writing styles, trustworthiness and evolution over the millennia.
  • Arun W. Jones, Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism, will give the 2019 Settles Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on February 28 and March 1. Jones will lecture on “Protestant Missions and Women’s Education in a Colonial Context.” The Settles Lectures are the oldest endowed lectures in Mission and Evangelism in the country.
  • Philip L. Reynolds, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity and Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology, has been chosen to receive the 2019 Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America, awarded for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies. The award is for Reynolds’ 2016 book, How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments: The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent (Cambridge University Press).
  • P. Alice Rogers, associate professor in the practice of practical theology, has been honored by a scholarship endowment established in her name that will provide financial support for students pursuing a career in pastoral ministry.
  • Brandon Wason 09T 17G, archivist at Pitts Theology Library, has been appointed to serve as archivist of the Society of Biblical Literature, in recognition of his key role in bringing the SBL archives to Pitts.
  • Deanna F. Womack, assistant professor of history of religions and multifaith relations, has received two grants: one from Gerda Henkel Stiftung for her research leave project, “How Gender Constructs Shaped Christian Encounters with Islam Case Studies from the Middle East and South Asia,” and the Global Religion Research Initiative curriculum development grant from the University of Notre Dame to develop the course “Gender and Christian-Muslim Relations.”