Nelson Cowan, Ph.D.

About Me

Rev. Nelson Cowan, Ph.D., is a United Methodist elder (pastor), worship leader, and liturgical theologian. He earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Boston University School of Theology in May 2019, and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Neptune Beach, FL.

Dr. Cowan teaches worship, church history, and preaching adjunctly for Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Course of Study Program), Drew University (M.Div students), and Wesley Theological Seminary (D.Min students).

Current Projects

  • Invited Editor, "Branded Worship" in Liturgy: A Journal of the Liturgical Conference (forthcoming, Fall 2023)

  • General Editor, A Concise Guide to Worship (placeholder title), Abingdon Press (forthcoming, January 2024)


Teaching Competencies

Christian Worship (ecumenically-oriented or United Methodist-specific), Liturgical Theology, Sacramental Theology, Preaching, The History of Christianity, United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity.


Research Interests

Liturgical Theology and Hermeneutics, Pentecostal-Evangelical-Charismatic Movements, Contemporary Congregational Song & Hymnology, Intersectional Theology

Curriculum Vitae

Updated October 2022

NCowan - Resume CV - Samford.pdf