Elaine Friedrich, a theoretical practitioner, has years of professional and academic experience in education, organizational management, and leadership development in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Dr. Friedrich is a consummate teacher, with a contagious enthusiasm and love for lifelong learning. She is an innovative professor, with a devotion to education and teaching. She is a published author, a sought-after presenter, and a gifted administrator. She holds an earned doctorate in Higher Education from the University of North Texas in Denton.
She currently is the Director of Digital Discipleship and Faith Formation at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA. Prior to coming to Mt. Bethel, Elaine has served 17 years on staff at several churches across the country (LakeRidge UMC, Lubbock, TX; Centenary UMC, Lexington, KY; Highland Park UMC, Dallas, TX; Christ UMC, Memphis, TN; Covenant UMC, Cordova, TN). Most recently, she has worked the past 13 years at Strayer University as faculty, dean, vice president and senior vice provost.