Visiting Professor of Evangelism Elaine Heath

April 10, 2019

Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Elaine Heath as the Visiting Chair of Evangelism for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. Dr. Heath has previously served as Dean and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology at Duke Divinity School and McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Elaine Heath as a Visiting Professor to NTS. Dr. Heath is not only widely recognized as a leading scholar in evangelism and church planting, she is personally engaged in new church development and evangelistic practice,” said President Dr. Jeren Rowell. “Dr. Heath will bring important perspectives to us in our pursuit of being a holy people who participate in God’s mission.”

Dr. Heath is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, has served as a pastor and is the founder of various initiatives designed to equip the church for discipleship and evangelism. She is the author of multiple publications and brings a commitment to theological reflection and practical application in the areas of mission and evangelism.

“Dr. Elaine Heath’s rich experience in the church and theological education will be a gift to NTS and our broader ecclesial community,” said Dean Dr. Josh Sweeden. “Though a scholar and professor, she may be best described as a reflective practitioner in constant pursuit of faithful Christian practice for the sake of the world.”

Dr. Heath brings a commitment to evangelism in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition which draws from the past and illuminates paths for faithful ministry in the present.

“One of my patron saints is Phoebe Palmer, mother of the nineteenth-century holiness movement whose life and work have deeply influenced my own vocation,” says Dr. Heath. “As was the case with Palmer, a central question in my theological work and spiritual formation for decades has been this: What does it mean to be a holy people who joyfully participate in God’s mission of making all things new? NTS is a wonderful community in which the pursuit of holiness is a core value that fosters in students the capacity for discerning, missional, gospel-centric ministry in a rapidly changing world.”

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