Associate Director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership and Congregational Development
The Reverend J. Thomas Laney, Jr. assumed the position of Associate Director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership and Congregational Development at Vanderbilt Divinity School on April 1, 2009. In this capacity he also oversees the non-academic components of Turner Leadership Scholars Program at the Divinity School.
Rev. Laney served as Senior Pastor of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville 1999-2007 and of Druid Hills UMC in Atlanta, 1990-1999. He pastored a country church in Lawrenceville, Georgia (1986 -90) and before that was the associate pastor of a mid-sized church in Atlanta for two years. He is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in American History and has a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Rev. Laney was a member of the Tennessee Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, 2000-2007. He is a member of the Systems Centered Training Institute and has participated in the A.K. Rice Institute on Leadership and Group Life at Columbia University.
In addition to his administrative work in the Center Rev. Laney works with United Methodist pastors, congregations, and districts as a consultant on issues related to conflict resolution and congregational life.