Alumni & Friends

At the Heart of Emory

The first school established at Emory University more than a century ago, Candler School of Theology still lies at the heart of Emory University’s commitments, campus, and legacy. In turn, the university creates a remarkable environment for shaping faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world.

We’re proud of our 8,400 alumni living around the world. They make a positive difference in communities and churches every day, following their call and applying their gifts in endless directions. We also couldn’t fulfill our mission without their support and that of our other friends, whose generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure we rely on every day. With grateful hearts, we thank you!

Keep learning with Candler

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Candler, affiliated organizations, and Pitts Theology Library offer webinars, workshops, lectures, and conferences in both in-person and online formats. Most events are free. Learn more about upcoming events.

Candler alumni have access to recordings of webinars, workshops, and events from Candler, Pitts Theology Library, The Candler Foundry, and programs from other Emory schools and centers. Visit our virtual resources for more information.

If you’ve earned your master’s degree and are interested in pursuing another degree, consider Candler’s 90% online Doctor of Ministry or a Master of Theology. Learn more about our degrees.

The Candler Foundry offers theological explorations to help individuals grow in their biblical, theological, and spiritual knowledge. It makes theological education accessible outside of Candler’s formal degree programs and in formats that are engaging and relevant to broader audiences, including ordained clergy, laity of all denominations, and those just curious about faith. From one-time events to certificate courses, online and in-person, The Candler Foundry has a wide variety of offerings, topics, and formats. Learn more.

Individuals not seeking a degree may audit a select number of Candler courses via Candler Course Access (CCA), administered by The Candler Foundry.

CCA students are admitted after completing a brief application process and receiving individual approval through the registrar’s office and by the academic dean. Participation is limited based on space availability. CCA participants are active observers in the class, with the ability to attend class meetings, engage in classroom discussion, and access course materials, but they do not have individual access to faculty and they do not submit coursework for evaluation.

The CCA fee is $399 for 3 credit hours and is payable upon approval of application. Application deadlines are August 1 for Fall Semester, December 1 for Spring Semester, and May 1 for Summer Term. Contact The Candler Foundry for more information.

Just as we help our students discern and answer their callings, Candler Career Services also helps to guide alumni on their vocational and professional paths.

We support our alumni with access to our job board, professional development and job search resources, and more. Learn more about what Candler Career Services offers alumni.

Resources and Services

Library privileges, networking opportunities, and discounts to the Georgia Aquarium are among the many resources and services you're eligible for as a Candler alum.

Library and Research Resources

Pitts Theology Library staff actively work to provide alumni access to a number of on-campus and electronic resources.

On-campus resources:
For those who are within the Atlanta area or are planning a visit to Candler, alumni are eligible for borrowing privileges at Pitts Theology Library and the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Electronic resources:
To gain access to these resources, alumni must register online with the Emory Alumni Association.

Pitts also offers remote access to electronic resources for those who can’t physically come to the library, including but not limited to the following:

Academic Search Alumni Edition: Intended for the research needs of the post-college professional, this database provides full text for more than 3,350 journals in nearly every area of academic study.

ATLA Database Access for Alumni: The leading index of literature published in the fields of theology and religious studies, including many full text articles, essays, and book reviews.

Credo Reference Library: A resource that provides over 3.4 million full-text articles from over 850 major reference works by more than 100 publishers.

Hermeneia Biblical Commentary Series: Designed for the serious student of the Bible, the series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books and other literature closely related to the Bible.

Very Short Introductions: A series produced by Oxford University press where expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

Research support:
For research consultations, Pitts’ reference librarians are available to work with Emory alumni by phone, text, email, and online chat. Visit for details.

Open access research guides are websites curated by Pitts librarians in conversation with Candler faculty! They cover a variety of topics, including theology, history, technology, sustainability, and so much more!

The Pitts’ Digital Collections site has full-text digitizations of hundreds of items Pitts’ rare book and archival collectionsh are available for teaching, research, and other non-commercial purposes.

The Pitts exhibitions site offers digital exhibitions as well as digital content from Pitts’ gallery exhibitions, including virtual tours and catalogs.

The Digital Image Archive (DIA) is a database of more than 65,000 images of biblical illustrations, portraits of religious leaders, printers’ devices, engravings of church buildings, and other theological topics, which are available for teaching, research, and other non-commercial purposes.

Video Resources

ou can find recordings of worship services and sermons, speakers and lectures and, special events on Candler’s Vimeo channel.

Worship Sermons & Services
Candler live streams worship services during the academic year and maintains a video archive of sermons.

Sermons and Services
Candler Live Stream

Speakers and Lectures
Candler encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas with guest speakers, visiting professors, and panel discussions, recently welcoming E.J. Dionne, Dr. Angela Davis, and Dr. Walker E. Fluker to campus. The lectures can be streamed after the events.

The Candler Foundry
Faculty Lectures
Laney Program in Moral Leadership
Dean’s Lecture Series
McDonald Lecture
Invited Lectures 

Candler events that provide an in-depth look into a particular topic.

Giving Freedom – A Right-Side-Up Approach to Church Fundraising
Convocations & Commencements
Prophetic Voices—Centennial Academic Conference
Candler Centennial

Financial Assistance

In partnership with the Shepherd’s Fund, Candler alums or their spouses may seek assistance grants for health issues.

Professional Development

Candler’s job board includes paid part-time and full-time opportunities for Candler alumni.

View Career Services for more offerings for Candler alumni.


Emory Benefits

Being an alum of Candler also means having access to the benefits provided by the larger Emory network:

Global Alumni Network
Emory alumni reside around the world working in a broad range of fields. Emory Alumni Association hosts networking events and offers a variety of groups as a way to meet and connect around the global.

Alumni have access to a wide variety of quality insurance coverage through The Alumni Insurance Program. Take advantage of affordable group rates on a diverse portfolio of insurance products including travel insurance and the Emory Alumni Association Alumni Insurance Program.

Emory alumni receive discounts on select products and experiences including Staples, Atlanta Magazine, and the Georgia Aquarium.

Professional Development
Emory provides career webinarscareer coaching and advising for alumni.

Transcript Requests

Official transcripts may be ordered online through OPUS or by visiting the University Registrar. Or, for related questions, please visit the Candler Registrar.

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Candler Clubs

Each summer, alumni and reps from Candler gather at denominational conferences to catch up with each other and on news from their alma mater. Check back here in the late spring to see when a Candler Club will meet in your area!

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Candler School of Theology Advancement and Alumni Engagement Team

Who’s Who in Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Meet the Team