The Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey teaches pastoral theology, care, and counseling at Candler, as well as in the Person, Community, and Religious Life program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Lartey came to Candler in 2004, and previously taught pastoral and practical theology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. In 2020, he was appointed Suffragan Bishop for the North American Mission Diocese of The Methodist Church Ghana.
Lartey’s research examines pastoral and spiritual care theories and practices operating in African, European and American cultures. An internationally acclaimed scholar, Lartey is recognized as a pioneer in the development of an intercultural approach to pastoral care and counseling, which argues for and models respectful engagement across racial, gender, class, cultural and religious boundaries. His 1997 book, In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling (Jessica Kingsley, 2nd ed., 2003), now in its second edition, is internationally used as a textbook in pastoral care.
An ordained elder in The Methodist Church (Ghana), Lartey works across religious traditions, preparing chaplains to serve in religiously plural environments. His 2013 book, Postcolonializing God: An African Practical Theology (SCM, 2013), provides inspiration for all concerned with human liberation and a more just and compassionate world.
Lartey serves on numerous advisory and executive boards in the church and academy, including the Trans-Atlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race and the executive committee of Emory’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Black Theology: An International Journal. Lartey holds leadership roles in two professional guilds, the African Association for Pastoral Studies and Counseling and the International Association for Spiritual Care, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion, among several other professional organizations. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting scholar at universities, conferences and churches around the world.