Brett Opalinski

Brett Opalinski

Assistant Dean of Methodist Studies; Assistant Professor in the Practice of Spiritual Formation and Church Leadership


PhD, Iliff School of Theology, 2008
MDiv, Candler School of Theology, 1998
BS, Samford University, 1994


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The Rev. Dr. Brett Opalinski is an ordained United Methodist elder from the Florida Annual Conference. He has served in local churches for over 20 years, as well as chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Florida Annual Conference. He is a Candler graduate (98T) and has a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity from Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver. He has been a long time social justice and civil rights advocate, working in issues related to anti-racism, LGBTQ+ rights, poverty, and criminal justice reform and is committed to helping local churches (and the General Church) engage the world in a way that makes the Kingdom of God visible.

His research interests include Methodist history/theology, Monasticism, Celtic Christianity, Contemplative Spirituality, and New Monastic expressions of church community.