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

  • “Multitracking in Worship: Uses, Abuses, and Theological Paradigms” (paper presentation, January 2022)

  • Liturgical Biography as Liturgical Theology: A Descriptive Methodological Proposal (manuscript under review by Peeters Publishers)

  • Worship in Turmoil: How Ritual Can Shape, Mark, and Shepherd Us through Times of Upheaval (proposal under review by Abingdon Press)


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 2021

NCowan CV - October 2021.pdf