Anne Burkholder

Anne Burkholder

Scholar-in-Residence; Associate Dean Emerita of Methodist Studies; Professor Emerita in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership


PhD, Emory University, 1992
MDiv, Emory University, 1977
BA, Florida State University, 1974


In addition to her role as professor in the practice of ecclesiology and church leadership, the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder 77T 92G is the first faculty member at Candler to hold the title of associate dean of Methodist Studies, responsible for the credentialing and relocation needs of Methodist students. Burkholder also supervises the training of local pastors in The United Methodist Course of Study School at Emory, and oversees other United Methodist lifelong learning opportunities sponsored by Candler. She manages relations between Candler and the denomination’s annual regional conferences and general agencies.

Her research interests include pastoral ethics, United Methodist polity, global Methodism, and the intersectionality of issues of race, gender, and sexuality in the history of Methodism.

An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Burkholder served as the director of connectional ministries, district superintendent, urban ministries director and pastor in the Florida Conference prior to joining Candler in 2008.

She has extensive experience as a congregational transformation consultant, social services ministries developer and disaster response coordinator. She is also a member of the American Academy of Religion.


Co-author, The Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity. Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2018


“The Clash Among Unity, Inclusion, and Covenant: Lessons from History,” in Unity of the Church and Human SexualityGeneral Board Of Higher Education and Ministry, January 18, 2018

“Leadership in Troubled Times.” Interpreter MagazineUM Communications, March 01, 2009

Introduction to Seminary

Pastoral Ethics

United Methodist Polity

Race, Gender, And Sexuality in Methodism

Civil Rights Heritage Tour

Advanced Polity: the 2019 General Conference

In the media

July 13, 2021

North Georgia Conference seizes assets of Mt. Bethel UMC in east Cobb

December 26, 2019

United Methodists prepare for plan tougher on LGBTQ issues

March 13, 2019

The United Methodist Meeting Offered No Clear Way Forward. What Now?

November 6, 2018

Service of Word and Table

February 17, 2017

Service of Word and Table

February 2, 2016

Service of Word and Table

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