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July 10, 2001
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Candler Appoints Associate Dean of Development, Church Relations

The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence, former senior minister at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., has been named associate dean for development and church relations at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

"Bill Lawrence brings a depth and breadth of experience that will help Candler achieve its vision and articulate its mission of educating leaders for the church and the world," said Russell E. Richey, dean of Candler, in announcing the appointment.

Lawrence's career has encompassed both parish ministry for the Methodist church and higher education. For the past three years, he had been senior minister at Metropolitan, which was established as the denomination's "National Church" in 1852. He has worked collaboratively with Richey before; the two served as co-editors with Dennis Campbell of several volumes on Methodism, the latest in 1999 titled "Questions for the Twenty-First Century Church."

Lawrence will serve as a member of the senior leadership team for Candler as well as the senior staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement for Emory. He will supervise the development, continuing education, and communications staffs at Candler. He also will be a principal officer of the school in its relationships with various churches. Candler is one of United Methodist seminaries, but it maintains broad ecumenical relationships as well.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Lawrence received his undergraduate degree with distinction from Duke University, a master of divinity degree cum laude from Union Theological Seminary, and Ph. D. with distinction from Drew University.

He was ordained into the ministry and has served the church's Wyoming Conference (located in the Albany, N.Y., area) in pastoral charges at Avoca-Moosic and West Pittston. In 1990, after completing a pastoral assignment in Owego, N.Y., he was appointed district superintendent of the conference's Wilkes-Barre District.

From that post, Lawrence moved to become professor of the practice of Christian ministry and associate director of the J. M. Ormond Center at Duke Divinity School. He is the author or editor of five volumes and numerous articles.

Lawrence and his wife, the former Naomi Williams of Kingston, Pa., have two grown sons. The couple resides in Lilburn, Ga.


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