Diana R. Garland

 Diana R. Garland

AddressGeorge W. Truett Theological Seminary
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798

Dean, Baylor School of Social Work, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Ph.D., University of Louisville,
M.S.S.W.,, University of Louisville,
B.A., University of Louisville,

Dr. Garland is a well-known family scholar and has pioneered research in the integration of faith and service in congregations and in religiously affiliated organizations. She is the past president of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) and the recipient of the National Association of Social Work Lifetime Achievement Award from the NASW Waco Unit (2002). Her book, Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide (InterVarsity Press, 2000), received the Book of the Year 2000 award from the Academy of Parish Clergy. She also authored Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families: Living the Faith Everyday (Jossey-Bass) in 2003. Her latest book, co-authored with husband Dr. David E. Garland, associate dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, is titled Flawed Families of the Bible: How God’s grace works through imperfect relationships (Brazos Press, 2007).

Dr. Garland previously served as director of the graduate program and director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries, which she founded in 1998. Before coming to Baylor, she served as professor of Christian family ministry and social work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where she was on the faculty for 17 years and served as dean of the Carver School of Social Work.

She has provided consultation in child and family services for family and children’s services agencies and has served as consultant to congregations and church agencies in the development of family and community ministries. She also leads family life workshops and preaches in congregations. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

She and her husband, David, are the parents of two adult children, Sarah and John and his wife, Abby and son-in-law, Matthew.

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