Dr. Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program

Jennifer R. Ayres

Dr. Jennifer R. Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books: Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness (2011, Wipf and Stock), and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology (2013, Baylor University Press)Her current research investigates the educational task of cultivating Christian faith that is deeply rooted in our ecological context, with attention to the kinds of religious leaders needed for this work. 

A frequent speaker on the topics of faith formation, religion and food, and Christian ecological theology and practice, Ayres also serves on the steering committee of the Green Seminaries Initiative and the Emory University Sustainable Food Committee. She has been awarded research grants from the Association of Theological Schools Lilly Research Grants and the Louisville Institute. Ayres is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Jennifer Ayres is on leave during the 2015 fall term. 


Dr. Jennifer R. Ayres
Candler School of Theology
Emory University
1531 Dickey Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
Phone: 404.727.6329
Fax: 404.727.2494
Email: jennifer.r.ayres@emory.edu