Candler School of Theology

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Candler School of Theology was founded in 1914. Their current dean is Dr. Jan Love. They joined the SSA in 2013.

Mission Statement: Candler School of Theology is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition of evangelical piety, ecumenical openness, and social concern. Its mission as a university-based school of theology is to educate—through scholarship, teaching, and service—faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries in the world.

SSA Liaisons:

Jenny Vitti is the Reserves & Cataloging Specialist at Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. She has worked in academic libraries for 10 years, and she holds a Masters degree in theological studies. Urban gardening, food justice, and simple living are her primary sustainability interests.


0031202-13ABJoel LeMon’s research focuses on the Psalms, Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry, and ancient Near Eastern history, literature, and art. He is the author of Yahweh’s Winged Form in the Psalms (Academic Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Method Matters (with Kent H. Richards, Society of Biblical Literature, 2009). LeMon was a recipient of a Lilly Theological Research grant. He is an elder in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.


Jennifer AyresDr. Jennifer R. Ayres is Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Candler. Ayres is the author of Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness. She currently is researching issues of faith formation through religious practices of food justice. Other research interests include faith formation in the context of popular culture; pedagogical theory and practice; feminist practical theology; social activism and religious/moral formation; and eco-theology and the global food system. She also has written for the Feasting on the Word commentary series and the Being Reformed adult study series.


Candler School of Theology Creation Care Links

Candler’s Climate Action Plan

Sustainability Initiatives The myriad projects at Emory/Candler that focus on sustainability/creation care.