Rodney J. Hunter has been named professor of pastoral theology emeritus at Candler School of Theology by Emory University. This honor is bestowed upon individuals having served ten or more continuous years as faculty of Emory University. He retired on August 31, 2006.
Hunter came to Candler in 1971 while completing his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. During the following years he was instrumental in establishing a curriculum of pastoral theology and led in the development of the doctor of theology degree in pastoral counseling. He also served as chair of the Theology and Personality Program and of the Person, Community and Religious Practices Program in Emoryï¿½s Graduate Division of Religion.
Hunter currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Practical Theology and the Advisory Council of the Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion. He also serves as Editorial Advisor for the "Journal of Implicit Religion," and on the Editorial Committee of the "Journal of Pastoral Care." Hunter is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology, the Association of Practical Theology, the International Academy of Practical Theology, the American Academy of Religion, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Pastoral Counseling Association of Georgia.
Hunter is also a Pastoral Theological Consultant to "Changing Families," a task force of the Social Witness Policy Committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is a member of the Cherokee Presbytery and a teacher at the Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
During his time at Candler, Hunter has lectured and written extensively including the two books: Pastoral Care and Social Conflict: Essays in Honor of Charles V. Gerkin (Abingdon, 1995) and Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Abingdon, 1990).
"To remain effective and live faithfully to their mission, institutions require leaders with the savvy, insight, wisdom and commitment to guide the community (faculty in the case of schools) through important transitions and into exciting and creative new ventures," said Russell E. Richey, former Dean of Candler School of Theology. "Rod has served as such a go-to leader in Candlerï¿½s own life and in its key constituencies, the church and the caring institutions. And his work tying those three (seminary, church and caring institutions) together in Candlerï¿½s remarkable basic and advanced degree programs leaves behind a wonderful legacy on which we build."
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology, committed to educating ministers, scholars of religion, and other leaders, expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. It is one of thirteen United Methodist Church seminaries, and its enrollment includes more than 500 students from over fifty denominations.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. For nearly two decades Emory has been named one of the country's top 25 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.