C. Ellis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Professor of Christian Education
Professor in Methodist Studies
BA, Mississippi State University
MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary
MA, Claremont School of Theology, 1996, Religious Education
PhD, Claremont School of Theology, 1996, Religious Education, Dissertation: “Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice of Youth: A Liberative Pedagogy for Youth”
Dr. David F. White joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was visiting assistant professor of youth and education and associate director of research for the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1997-2002 he was executive director of the Youth Discipleship Project at Claremont School of Theology, a research project exploring alternative approaches to work with youth and with congregational discernment. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, the Claremont School of Theology, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, White served the church in positions including minister of youth, Upland United Methodist Church, Upland, California; co-pastor, Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, Alaska; conference coordinator of youth ministries, Alaska Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church; and associate pastor, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, and First United Methodist Church, Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Dr. White has garnered grants for his research on youth and spiritual discernment, including "Shared Mission Focus on Young People," a one-year research grant to explore practices of drama at the campus ministry of Vanderbilt University in 2003; the Valparaiso Project one-year research grant to explore the practice of discernment among local congregations in 2001; and a three-year Lilly Endowment research grant to explore alternate youth ministry. His publications include Dreamcare: A Theology of Youth, Spirit, and Vocation (Cascade, 2013), Awakening Youth Discipleship in a Consumer Culture(Cascade, 2007, coauthored with Brian Mahan and Michael Warren), Practicing Discernment with Youth(Pilgrim Press, 2005), and a number of journal articles.