Rev. W. Joseph Mann Recognized for Contributions to Religious Architecture

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

W. Joseph Mann, who coordinates ministry with United Methodists in North Carolina for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, has received the 2010 Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award by the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA), a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects.

The honor, presented on June 9 at the American Institute of Architects’ national convention, was established in 1953, and is granted to a non-architect in recognition of their contributions to religious architecture.

In presenting the award, Richard S. Vosko, Chairperson of the IFRAA, cited Mann’s record of service as former director of the Rural Church program area of The Duke Endowment, which assists rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina through grants for programs and building projects.  He also lauded Mann’s support in publishing Faith & Form, the journal of religion, art, and architecture, as well as the international religious art and architecture awards program sponsored by IFRAA and Faith & Form.

Mann joined Leadership Education at Duke Divinity in February 2010 and directs a number of programs, including Course of Study and Convocation and Pastors’ School. For many years, he also has served as adjunct professor of parish work at the Divinity School, teaching a course on leadership in small-membership churches. Prior to his 20 years at The Duke Endowment, Mann spent five years as the director of continuing education for Duke Divinity School.

He has served on several denominational boards and agencies of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Board of Institutions of the North Carolina Conference.

He earned his master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees at Yale University Divinity School.

Learn more about the Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award.