Elaine Heath

Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology
059D Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708

(919) 660-3489
  • B.A. (Oakland University)
  • M.Div. (Ashland Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (Duquesne University)

Elaine Heath's scholarly work integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. Her current research interests focus on community as a means of healing trauma, emergent forms of Christianity, and alternative forms of theological education for the church in rapidly changing contexts. Heath is the author of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way (2017). Her other publications include God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016), Missional.Monastic.Mainline (co-authored with Larry Duggins, 2014), The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition (2017), 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). She is the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that equips clergy and laity to develop diverse forms of community and social enterprise. Heath is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and lives at Spring Forest, an intentional Christian Community in rural North Carolina.