Tom Laney, new Associate Director, Turner Center


The Reverend Thomas Laney Jr. has been appointed Associate Director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership and Congregational Development at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He will also be Associate Director of the Turner Leadership Scholars Program at the Divinity School.

Laney served as Senior Pastor of West End UMC in Nashville 1999-2007 and of Druid Hills UMC in Atlanta, 1990-1999. He has also served a country church in Georgia and a mid-sized church in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Yale University has a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Laney was a member of the Tennessee Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. 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. At Vanderbilt Divinity School, he has been a member of the Theology and Practice Teaching Team.
In addition to his administrative work in the Center Tom will employ his expertise in group dynamics, congregational life, and conflict resolution in working with pastors, congregations, and Districts of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences. •