W. Joseph Mann
Adjunct Professor of Parish Work
Duke Divinity School at American Tobacco Campus
312 Blackwell Street, Suite 101 - Noell Building
Durham, NC 27701
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Div., S.T.M., Yale University
Mann is adjunct professor of parish work at Duke Divinity School and teaches “Leadership in the Small Membership, Rural Church” and “Philanthropy and the Church.” He retired in 2012 as a director for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.
Reverend Mann is a native of Sanford, N.C. and was associate minister at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington, N.C. from 1973-1975. While in Wilmington, he helped found the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and Parents without Partners Chapter. In 1975 he went to North Carolina State University as United Methodist campus minister and director of the Wesley Foundation. At NCSU he was chair of the Cooperative Campus Ministry, and he was elected president of the Raleigh Ministerial Association. From 1984-1989, Mann was director of continuing education at Duke University Divinity School, planning and coordinating the continuing education offerings for clergy and laity at Duke Divinity School. For twenty years Mann served as assistant director (1989-1996) and director (1996-2010) The Duke Endowment's Rural Church Division, which assists rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina through grants for programs and building projects.
Mann has served on numerous boards and councils, including the North Carolina Center for Non-Profits, where he was also board president; the North Carolina Humanities Council, where he was chair from 1984-86; the Interfaith Forum on Religion Art and Architecture of the American Institute of Architects, where he was also chair; the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center; and several denominational boards and agencies of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. In addition, he was a founding member and president of the Faith Partnership. Mann has been active in the N.C. Council of Churches for more than 40 years, serving as a past president and chairing the Rural Life Committee. He received the council’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005. In 2010, he received the Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award from the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to religious architecture.
Mann is a member of the advisory board for Faith & Form magazine and is past president. He joined the board of the Methodist Home for Children in 2010 and serves on its executive committee. He is also chair-elect and a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry. In 2013, Mann became chair of the board for the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. He is also chair of the Alliance for Nonprofits collaborative work, a state-wide effort to advocate for nonprofits.
Mann is married to Dr. Ann F. Mann, who is a retired administrator from North Carolina State University. They have one son, Christopher, who is married to Sara Atkins Mann. They have two children, Liam and Susanna.