Gunning Francis


Assistant Professor of Christian Education
Associate Dean of Contextual Education

Hampton University, B.S. 1993
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, M.Div. 2001
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Ph.D. 2009
Joined Eden Faculty, 2008

Leah Gunning Francis’ vocation as a Christian educator has been shaped by her understanding of the interconnectedness between the church, academy and society as well as the mind, body and spirit of individuals. For Professor Gunning Francis, Christian education can form and yet transform. Through her research, teaching, pastoral leadership and community involvement, Professor Gunning Francis has explored and reflected on various ways in which Christian education can provide a process by which transformation occurs.

“Professors in Christian education have an opportunity to engage students in theological reflection about the interplay between the self and other, the individual and community, and our relationship to God and creation. My goal is to help students think critically about these relationships as a basis for identity formation and the purpose of transformation.”   

Professor Gunning Francis is a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church. She has provided pastoral leadership for congregations in Georgia, Illinois and Ohio.

Professor Gunning Francis and her husband, Reverend Rodney T. Francis, have two sons, Evan and Desmond. Professor Gunning Francis is also a proud parent of two stepchildren, Shayla and Rodney, Jr.

Phone: 314-918-2575  
Toll free: 877-642-5931

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