Theologians and Scholars of Methodist Worship

Christian Worship and Devotion During Social Distancing is a contribution to the Church from the following theologians and scholars of Methodist Worship:

Ron Anderson

E. Byron (Ron) Anderson is the Styberg Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. He was editor of the two volume series Worship Matters (Discipleship Resources, 1999), the author of The Meaning of Holy Communion in The United Methodist Church (Discipleship Resources, 2015), and most recently of Common Worship: Tradition, Formation, Mission (Foundery Books, 2017). He is an elder in the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

Daniel Benedict

Daniel Benedict served as Director of Worship Resources at the General Board of Discipleship from 1993-2005. He served as staff for the Holy Communion study that developed This Holy Mystery, our official United Methodist teaching statement on the sacrament. He also served as staff on the Baptism Study that produced By Water and the Spirit (2000). He is author of several books, including Patterned by Grace, from The Upper Room. Daniel is a retired elder in the California Pacific Annual conference.

Gennifer Brooks

Gennifer Benjamin Brooks is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching and director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Dean of the Association of Chicago Theological School (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. She is the author of Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon; Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts and Bible Sisters: A Year of Devotions with the Women of the Bible. Gennifer is an elder in the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Dawn Chesser

Dawn Chesser holds a PhD in liturgical studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where her doctoral dissertation was on the practice of online communion as United Methodists.  Dawn served under appointment as a pastor for twenty-six years, leading congregations in Illinois and Tennessee for. From 2013-2018, she served as the Director of Preaching Ministries for Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an ordained elder in Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Taylor Burton-Edwards
Taylor W. Burton Edwards is appointed as consultant with Ask The UMC, a service of United Methodist Communications, and as supply pastor for Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Warner Robins, GA. He serves as Chair of the Consultation on Common Texts, Secretary of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and Treasurer of The Liturgical Conference. Taylor previously served as Director of Worship Resources with Discipleship Ministries. He is an ordained elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.

D. Stephen Long

D. Stephen Long is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University. His research is at the intersection of theology and ethics, and he teaches Christian ethics, systematic theology, and moral theology. He is past president of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship; founding member of North Shore Theology Association; founding member of Ekklesia Project; a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and of the Wesleyan Theological Society. He is an ordained United Methodist elder who has served churches in Honduras and North Carolina.

L. Edward Phillips

The Rev. Dr. L. Edward Phillips is an ordained elder in the Memphis Annual Conference. He has taught at Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School, and since 2008 is Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology. From 2000-4, he chaired the General Conference study for This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion, the official interpretive statement of UM theology and practice of the sacrament. Currently, he is co-chair of the ELCA-UMC Joint Commission that works to nurture the full communion agreement between the two denominations.

Don E. Saliers

Don Saliers is the Wm. R. Cannon Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, at Emory University, currently serving as Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology. A past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, he has served rural and inner-city UM churches and college chaplaincy, and was a major contributor to worship resources and planning leading to the Book of Worship and the United Methodist Hymnal. An active musician and writer for the church, Don is the national chaplain for the American Guild of Organists, and is part of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Upper Room.

Karen Westerfield Tucker

Karen Westerfield Tucker is Professor of Worship at the Boston University School of Theology. She served as a member of the study that produced This Holy Mystery, and most recently chaired the liturgical resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee. A former President of the international and ecumenical Societas Liturgica, she has been a consultant on worship matters for the World Council of Churches. She is an ordained elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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