I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to serve with an energetic new group of educators and administrators seeking to provide leadership in distance theological teaching and learning environments, the Association of Theological Schools’ Council of Distance Learning Directors in Theological Education.

A common theme in theological education is embodiment, a pedagogical imperative that includes modeling Christ-likeness to integrate faith and learning. The other primary concern of theological education is spiritual and ministerial formation, which requires building relational skills and practicing community engagement. Theological educators express doubts about the ability of online learning environments to allow for the goal of embodiment or relationship and community building. 

As the Brains of Full Tilt Ahead, LLC and Online Learning Instructional Designer for Emory’s Candler School of Theology, serving with this group will help me explore how the disciplinary culture of theological education interacts with online learning decisions for theological courses and programs.


Hess, M.E. (2005) Engaging technology intheological education: All that we cannot leave behind. Rowan and Littlefield: Lanham, MD.

–> Naidoo, M. (2012). Ministerial formation oftheological students through distance education. HTS Theological Studies,68(2), 65-73.