Thomas E. Frank

University Professor

Dr. Frank will be on research leave during the 2017-18 academic year.

Frank teaches courses in leadership and administration, and spirituality and the arts. He also teaches in the Department of History of Wake Forest College. His scholarship focuses on the history and culture of American mainstream Protestantism. Frank has written several books including, The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection (Abingdon Press, 2000), which explores the culture and imagination of local church congregations. He offers a course on the relationship between Protestant Christianity and the liberal arts and is the author of Theology, Ethics, and the Nineteenth Century American College Ideal: Conserving a Rational World (Mellen, 1993). He has authored two books on United Methodism, most recently with Russell E. Richey, Episcopacy in the Methodist Tradition: Perspectives and Proposals (Abingdon Press, 2004), and his Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church is the standard text on polity (Abingdon Press, 2006 Edition). His research on the place of congregations and religious institutions in the settlement and built landscape of America led him to pursue a master of heritage preservation degree at Georgia State, which he completed in 2006. Frank is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

Education

BA, Harvard; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory; PhD, Emory; Master of Heritage Preservation, Georgia State

Religious Affiliation

United Methodist Church (UMC)

Courses Taught at the School of Divinity

  • Leadership and Administration:
    • Congregational Culture as a Resource for Ministry
    • Organizing for Ministry
    • Stewardship of Resources and Property
    • Places of Faith
  • Spirituality and the Arts:
    • Spirituality and Ministry in the Visual Arts
    • Spirituality and Ministry in Architecture and the Sense of Place
    • Spirituality and Ministry in Theater and Performance
    • Spirituality and the Art of Baseball

Courses Taught in Wake Forest College (with possibility of M.Div. registration)

  • Introduction to Creativity and Innovation
  • Religion in the Development of American Higher Education
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Religious Utopias and the American Experience

Current Research

Creativity and innovation in the liberal arts with a special focus on the experimental and hugely influential Black Mountain College (1933-1957)

Contact

Email: frankte@nullwfu.edu

Phone: 336.758.6138

Office: Tribble B-114

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