The Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins is Professor of Worship, Preaching, and
the Arts at Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University.
She is currently Convener of Liturgical Studies Area in the GDR and Convener for Feminist Studies in Liturgy Seminary in the North American Academy of Liturgy. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she served congregations for eight years in her home conference of West Virginia.
She began her teaching career as an instructor at Rough Rock, Arizona, the first bi-lingual community-run school on the Navaho Reservation. In 2001 she helped to initiate the faculty exchange program at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, teaching liturgical theology and worship. In addition to her teaching career she has served as a truck stop chaplain, a university chaplain, and an academic dean at Drew.
Her primary work in the Theological School curriculum involves courses on worship, the Center for Ministry and Imagination, and cross-cultural courses on Appalachian Studies. Doctoral offerings include courses on preaching, sacred meals in Christianity, feminist studies in liturgy, and liturgy and the arts.
Ph.D., Drew University, 1991
M.Div., Duke University, 1977
M.A., University of Arizona, 1972
B.A., Prescott College, 1970