Lyn Pace


The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace is originally from South Carolina and joined Oxford College as college chaplain in 2009. He and his spouse, Ami Hernandez, have one son, Sam as well as a dog (Barnaby) and cat (Callie). They live in the city of Oxford where Dr. Pace served on the city council from 2012-2016. Among other things, he facilitates the work of the eleven religious and spiritual life clubs at Oxford College, assists with leadership programs, offers care and counsel for the college community, and teaches courses on understanding community as well as contemplative practices and social justice. Prior to coming to Oxford, Dr. Pace was the associate chaplain, director of service learning, and director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 2002-2003, he served as a minister in the British Methodist Church on the Isle of Wight in England. He is an ordained United Methodist minister in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC.

Dr. Pace earned his BA degree in religion and history from Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) in 1999 and received the Master of Divinity degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology in 2002. With the project, Understanding Community: Engaging Oxford College Students in Loving God's World, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology in May 2017. Dr. Pace likes to help students engage in meaning making as well as how they understand community both on and off campus. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading, traveling, and going to Jimmy Buffett concerts.


DMin| Candler School of Theology, Emory University| 2017

M.Div.| Candler School of Theology, Emory University| 2002

BA| Wofford College| 1999

Courses Taught

Discovery Seminar, Understanding Community, Spring 2022

Learning to Lead, First-year seminar course, Spring 2021

CC 502, Church and Community Development, Adjunct Instructor at Emory's Candler School of Theology, Fall 2019

American Studies 320, Understanding Community, Fall 2018

Discovery Seminar, The Contemplative Mind: Engaging the Critical Questions of Social Justice, with Dr. Patti Owen-Smith, Fall 2017

American Studies 385R, Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford, Fall 2016

Psychology 385R, The Contemplative Mind: Engaging the Big Questions, with Dr. Patti Owen-Smith, Spring 2015

Freshman Seminar, 2009-2015 


Bond Fleming Outstanding Service Award for Staff, Oxford College, 2018

Oxford College Alumni Board Outstanding Staff Award, Oxford College, 2017

Campus Life Above and Beyond Award, Oxford College, 2011

We are Emory Community Builder (nominated and selected as one of 100 "We are Emory Community Builders" for commitment and involvement to improve the ommunity at Emory), 2010-2011

Greek Life Staff Member of the Year, Wofford College, 2009



Monthly Opinion Column, The Covington News

June 2022 - Leadership Lesson: Be Like a Duck

July 2022 - Chaplaincy, Meaning Making and Harry Potter

Contributing Writer for Good Ground, a daily Christian devotional app


Week of Devotions (Oct. 16-22) in the 2023 Disciplines, Upper Room Books

2023 Disciplines (purchase a copy here)

Week of Devotions (Feb. 1-7) in the 2021 Disciplines, Upper Room Books


Doctoral Project:

Understanding Community: Engaging Oxford College Students in Loving God's World

(scroll down to find: Pace, Jr., Phillip Lynwood)

Also published in Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, Vol. 21 No. 2 (2021)


Other Publications of Interest:

The Christian Century - "Silence" 


"Understanding Community: A Course Engaging Students and Local Residents in Oxford, Georgia" Presented at the 6th Global Service Learning Summit: Inclusion and Transformation, Clemson, SC, November 4, 2019

Research Interests

Dr. Pace's research interests include:

- The town and gown relationship between Oxford College and Oxford, Georgia

- The religious history and landscape of America

- Contemplative practices and their relationship to education, community, and social justice