Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies; Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement and Hybrid Programs
Duke Divinity School
Durham, NC 27708-0968
B.A., Trinity University
M.Div., Duke University
Ph.D., Trinity College, University of Bristol
Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner serves as the Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies and associate dean of Wesleyan engagement and hybrid learning. She was appointed to the faculty of Duke University Divinity School in 2001. She also served in previous administrative roles at Duke Divinity School including academic dean from 2006-2012 and executive vice dean 2012-2015.
As an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Warner continues to serve the denomination in a number of capacities including an elected delegate from the Texas Conference to General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2016, 2019, and 2020. She previously served as member of the Council of Bishops’ Ministry Study from 2008-2016, University Senate 2012-2016, and the Council of Bishops’ Task Force on Leadership Formation and Theological Education 2008-2012 as well as the Board of Ordained Ministry in the Texas Conference 2008-2016.
Dr. Warner teaches courses in United Methodist Studies, mission, evangelism, and women’s ministry beginning in the 18th century to the present. Her research interests reflect upon and locate contemporary church practices within the larger Christian narrative. These interests are reflected in her published books.
Dr. Warner’s first book, Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice (Baylor University Press, 2007) was rated an "Outstanding book" for 2008 by the University Press Books Committee.
The Study of Evangelism, co-edited with Dr. Paul Chilcote (Eerdmans Publishing Company) was also published in 2007. She was a contributing editor to the Wesley Study Bible and completed a co-authored book with Bishop Kenneth Carder entitled Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, which was published in Fall 2010.
Dr. Warner’s The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity and Organization, published by Abingdon Press in 2014, is a widely used and recognized textbook among United Methodist seminary students. In 2018 she co-authored with her husband From Relief to Empowerment: How Your Church Can Cultivate Sustainable Mission with Foundery Books.
She recently completed a 2021 Advent Study published by Abingdon Press, All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Advent, as lead contributor with authors Jung Choi, Sangwoo Kim, and Amy Valdez-Barker.
Dr. Warner is the author of numerous reviews and articles for academic and ecclesial audiences and the recipient of scholarly and ecclesial grants. She currently serves as primary investigator on generous institutional grants to Duke Divinity School from The Duke Endowment and Kern Family Foundation.
Dr. Warner lives in Texas on a farm with her husband and daughter where they care for a variety of creatures. She is also a licensed flower farmer and enjoys cultivating sustainably grown flowers for their local church and community.
- Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007)
*Rated an "Outstanding book" for 2008 by the University Press Books Committee
- The Study of Evangelism, co-edited with Paul Chilcote (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008)
- Wesley Study Bible, co-editor with Sarah Lancaster of theological side-bars (Abingdon Press, 2009)
- Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, co-authored with Bishop Kenneth Carder (UM GBHEM, 2010)
- “Spreading Scriptural Holiness: Theology and Practices of Early Methodism for the Contemporary Church,” The Asbury Journal (Spring 2008), 115-138
- “Rethinking Evangelism and the Old Testament: Jonah and the Imitation of God,” co-authored with Stephen B. Chapman, Journal of Theological Interpretation (Spring 2008), 43-69
- Evangelistic Ecclesiology
- The Missional Church and Evangelism
- Women and Evangelism
- UM Studies