Thomas Porter

Director of The JustPeace Center

Thomas Porter Executive Director

Tom Porter is Executive Director of JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation, The United Methodist Church. The mission of the Center is “to engage conflict constructively in ways that strive for justice, reconciliation, resource preservation and restoration of community in and through The United Methodist Church and with the Church universal to the world in which we live.” After graduating from Yale University, he received a M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary and a J.D. degree from Boston University Law School. He studied mediation at Harvard Law School and Eastern Mennonite University. Tom is an ordained elder of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church and served as conference chancellor for 23 years. He was a founding partner of the trial firm of Melick & Porter LLP in 1983 and has been a trial lawyer since 1974, representing religious institutions, universities, hospitals, professionals, nonprofit organizations and others. He is a member of the board of the Journal of Law and Religion and was chair of the board from 1989 through 2001. He was a founder and the president of the Council of Religion and Law, a society of law professors and theologians as well as lawyers and ministers, from 1978 to 1985. He was a member of the board of Union Theological Seminary, chairing its educational policy committee, from 1992 to 2001. He is a member of the Working Group on Restorative Justice of the Boston Theological Institute and has taught courses on the practice and theory of conflict transformation and peace-building at Union Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and in numerous church settings