Words of Welcome

Candler School of Theology


Dean Jan Love
Dean Jan Love

Greetings from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where for more than 100 years we have educated faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world. One of 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church and one of five United Methodist university-based theology schools, Candler strives to be authentic in our discipleship and relevant in our work, applying heart, mind, soul, and strength to love God and neighbor.

This authenticity starts with our people. Like the people of the first-century church, we embody a wealth of diversity–our students represent 42 denominations, 12 countries, numerous ethnicities, and a wide age range. What unites us is our commitment to Jesus Christ and the church.

Transforming the world in the name of Christ requires deep engagement in serious theological exploration and spiritual growth. We believe that students who are challenged while at Candler will be well prepared to navigate the differences they encounter in the real world of church and society, and we are fortunate to have many of the world’s greatest minds in theological education guiding our students along this journey.

We are equally fortunate to undertake our mission within Emory University, a top-tier research institution that enthusiastically supports the study of religion and invites cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration. This environment gives Candler students access to deep and broad resources that greatly enrich their education.

This catalog offers a glimpse of the Candler experience. It includes a look at the rich variety of people and theological perspectives present here, an introduction to our highly-regarded faculty, a listing of carefully constructed curricula for all our degree programs, descriptions of our international study opportunities and our student groups, an overview of resources at Emory, and much more. Even so, this is still just a glimpse. To get the full picture, I invite you to explore our website, www.candler.emory.edu, and visit us in person to experience Candler firsthand.

Grace and peace,
Jan Love
Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean
Professor of Christianity
and World Politics