Conclave 2017 Featured Speaker- Rev. Dr. John Spangler
The Rev. John D. Spangler, Ph.D., was ordained Deacon by the then Methodist Church (today United Methodist Church) in June 1953 and Elder in 1955. In preparation for his career in the ministry he earned B.A. (1950) and M.A. (1951), both in mathematics at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; S.T.B. (now M.Div.) (1954) and S.T.M. (1955) at Harvard Divinity School; and Ph.D. (1961) at Boston University Graduate School.
His career includes 13 years as pastor in local churches in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In 1964 he was called to the faculty of Candler School of Theology of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; he left Emory to join the faculty of Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, where he served 22 years as chair of the Department of Pastoral Care and Psychology of Religion. Following retirement from Iliff in 1993, he served as interim pastor in several congregations.
While in Atlanta, he served as chair of the out-patient division of the Georgian Clinic (a pioneering alcoholic-drug rehabilitation facility). He is the author of Pastoral Care of Young Drug Users and Their Families. Other major pastoral concerns are ministry with the aging, the grieving, the dying. He was a founding board member of the Grief Education Institute, a pioneering agency for formal support of the bereaved.
We’re thrilled to have him on board for Conclave 2017 in Denver, Colorado and we hope you will join us.