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Elaine Heath

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About Elaine:

Elaine A. Heath, Ph.D. | Leader

Constructive Theologian, Educational Architect, Forerunner

McCreless Professor of Evangelism, Perkins School of Theology | Southern Methodist University

Elaine is a highly sought theologian, apostolic preacher, teacher, and prophet. Her work integrates systematic, pastoral, biblical and spiritual theology to constructively bridge the gap between academy and church, opening a path for missional emergence in both arenas. Central themes in Elaine’s theology include the wisdom of the great saints and mystics, the healing power of the gospel of Jesus, the church as God’s missional community of faith, and the centrality of the Holy Spirit in prayer, discernment and ministry.

Elaine is the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. The Missional Wisdom Foundation was formed as a result of Elaine’s collaborative work with several Perkins students, most notably Rev. Dr. Larry Duggins. As co-founder with Larry, she remains a chief architect of new educational initiatives in the Foundation. Elaine, Larry, and Dr. Bret Wells collaboratively lead the Missional Wisdom Foundation.

Publications include:

Missional.Monastic.Mainline. A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions. Co-authored with Larry Duggins. Eugene: Cascade, 2014.
Abide: A Guide to Starting Intentional Communities. Editor and contributor. Missional Wisdom Foundation, 2014.
We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2011.
The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex and God. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2011
Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community. Co-authored with Scott Kisker. Eugene: Cascade, 2010.
Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer. Eugene: Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick, 2009.
The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

Elaine holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University, a M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a BA from Oakland University. She is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

Launch and Lead Courses:

Co-leads training retreats as needed
3.3 Beginning a Missional Community

Additional Publications:

“Reading Scripture for Christian Formation,” Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture,  Joel B. Green and David Watson, eds. (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012).

“Disciple-Making in a Post-Christendom U.S.A.” in Making Disciples for a World Parish, Paul W. Chilcote, ed. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).

“A New Day Rising in the Church,” in The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices, Phil Snider, ed. Foreward by Phyllis Tickle (St. Louis: Chalice, 2011).

“Methodist Spirituality,” “Community,” and “Women in the History of Spirituality,” Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Glen Scourgie, ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2011).

Theological perspectives on Propers 7, 8, and 9 (Luke 8:26-39, Luke 9:51-62, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20),  Feasting on the Word,Lectionary Commentary Series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

“The Quest for Holiness,” Oxford Handbook on Methodism, William J. Abraham and James Kirby, eds. London: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Snake Handling and Speaking in Tongues: Mysticism and Mission in the Wesleyan Tradition,” Radical Grace (Fall, 2009).

Gospel Bearing: The Theory and Practice of Apostolic Life (Eugene: Cascade, 2014).

“Eucharist and Evangelism,” Eucharist, Theology, and Ministry, Jason Vickers, ed. (Nashville: Kingswood, 2013).

Recent Articles:

The Gospel According to Twilight  |  Huffington Post  9/14/11

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