Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:25am to 4:00pm
Duke Divinity School

Duke Divinity School will hold the 2017 Closing Convocation and a celebration honoring the inaugural year of the deanship of Elaine A. Heath on April 20, 2017 at Duke Chapel and Duke Divinity School. All are welcome.



11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Duke Divinity School's 2017 Closing Convocation Duke Chapel
12:30 - 2:15 p.m. Community Lunch The Divinity Cafe´
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion facilitated by Dean Heath
Topic: Calling the Church to Prophetic Witness

Goodson Chapel


About Elaine Heath

Elaine Heath

Elaine Heath began her role as dean of the Divinity School and professor of missional and pastoral theology on July 1, 2016. Prior to coming to Duke, she was the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Austin, Texas.

Dean Heath’s scholarly work integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. Her research interests focus on evangelism and spirituality, evangelism and gender, the new monasticism, and emergence in church and in theological education. Heath is the author of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016). She is also the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which provides opportunities for clergy and laity to learn how to live in intentional communities and how to develop missional communities and social enterprise in diverse social contexts. Her other publications include Missional.Monastic.Mainline: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions (co-authored with Larry Duggins, 2014), The Mystic Way of Evangelism  (2008), Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (co-authored with Scott Kisker, 2010), We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011), and The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God (2011). Her next book, Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way (Wesley Discipleship Path Series) is forthcoming from Abingdon Press in August 2017, and a revised, second edition of her book The Mystic Way of Evangelism is forthcoming from Baker Publishing in October 2017.


Please join us for a panel discussion entitled "Calling the Church to Prophetic Witness," moderated by Dean Heath. The panel will focus on empowering the church for prophetic ministry, spiritual formation and direction, Christian and justice activism, and the interface of Standing Rock and the environment. Panelists include Michael Waters, founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas; Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, former general secretary of the Reformed Church in America; and David Wilson, conference superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church.


Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage off of Science Drive and adjacent to the Bryan Center. The cost is $8 and must be pre-purchased via online registration. Guests who arrive without pre-purchased parking will need to find parking at his or her expense. Pre-purchase is recommended.

Community Lunch

Duke Divinity School invites attendees to a meal in honor of Dean Heath held in the Divinity Café.


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for attendees who are not current Divinity School students. Registration includes the option to pay for parking fees.

Contact Us

For questions, contact Divinity Events Management at or (919) 613-5323.