Rev. Dr. Thomas William Elliott, Jr.: July 18 – 22
The Rev. Dr. Thomas William Elliott, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University where he is the director of the Contextual Education II, Teaching Parish, and Ministry Internships and teaches classes in Methodist studies and preaching.
Elliott studied at Mercer University (BA) and at Emory University (M.Div, Ph.D). An elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he has served as the pastor of rural, town and suburban churches for 26 years prior to joining the Candler faculty in 2013.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, he currently appears in churches, coffee houses, and musical settings as a singer, songwriter, musician (guitar and piano), worship leader and storyteller.
Tom’s music weaves together a wide range of musical styles ranging from adult contemporary to folk, rock, jazz, country, and praise with the elements of inspirational storytelling and humor.
In 1999, Tom released his first CD entitled “God’s Time” featuring “The Miracle of the Seed” and “Love Grows Here.” His second CD, “Jubilee” (2010) is a collection of original worship music written over 20 years of ministry.
In addition to solo, Tom writes, co-produces, and performs regularly with Marcus Vess and plays in Cannon Chapel services at Candler. He is also a member of the “Wild at Heart” band, a praise and worship group of six clergy friends.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Tom is married to Kelly and they have two grown children.