Professor and Director of Practice of Ministry in Mission
Joseph Bush served as a United Methodist pastor in New Jersey before moving to the Republic of Fiji to teach courses in Ministry at the ecumenical Pacific Theological College. From there, he moved to Dunedin, New Zealand to join a team of colleagues developing a new program in Ordination Studies for the Presbyterian School of Ministry. Most recently before coming to Wesley, he was teaching at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in the area of Life and Leadership of the Congregation. His book on pastoral ethics, Gentle Shepherding, was named one of the top ten books for 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.
Grinnell College, B.A.
Wesley Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Drew University, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Practical Theology in Church and Society. Eugene: Cascade, 2016.
Contributor with Sue Withers to Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry, edited by Matt Floding and Barbara Blodgett: Eugene: Pickwick, 2015
"The Land Ethic Through a Retroactive Lens: Focusing and Refocusing Moral Community," New Theology Review 26, no. 2 (2014).
"Keeping Faith in Community:A Pastoral Response and Ethica Argument," Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 10:1 (Fall 2012).
Gentle Shepherding: Pastoral Ethics and Leadership, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2006
"Pastoral Confidentiality." Business & Professional Ethics Journal - Incorporating Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal 22, no. 4 (Winter 2004): 67-92.
"Informed Consent and Parish Clergy." The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 57, no. 4 (Winter 2003): 427-436.
"Playful Prayer: A Way to Worship While Preparing to Lead." The Preacher: Quarterly Journal of the New Zealand Lay Preachers Association (October 2002): 9-14.
"Natural Ambivalence." Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice (January 2001) .
"Genetic Modification: Theological and Ethical Issues." Will the ENZ Justify the Genes? Wellington: Capital City Forum (August 2000).
"New Cosmology and Old Questions: Reflections on Fifty Years of Thinking about Christianity and Ecology." Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 32, no. 1 (2000): 51-70.
"Land and Communal Faith: Methodist Belief and Ritual in Fiji." Studies in World Christianity 6, no. 1 (Edinburgh: Spring 2000).
"Rhetoric and Risk in Genetic Modification." Wellington: Crosslink (November 1999).
"Reactionary Methodism and the Rule of Law in Fiji." In Religion and Law in the Global Village. McGill Studies in Religion, edited by D.E. Guinn, C. Barrigar, K. Young (Atlanta: Scholar's Press, 1999).
"Defining Group Rights and Delineating Sovereignty: A Case from the Republic of Fiji." American University International Law Review 14, no. 3 (1999).
Ecology and Seasons of Christian Worship; Church and State: The Legal Context of Ministry
Ethical Dimension of Ministry
Practical Theology in Church and Society
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Intercultural Immersion: The Singing and Praying Bands
Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology
Bruce C. Birch, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
A native of Kansas, Dr. Birch received a B.A. from Southwestern College, B.D. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He completed post-doctoral study at Tübingen University in Germany. Dr. Birch taught at Yale, Iowa Wesleyan College and Erskine College prior to joining the faculty at Wesley in 1971. He has taught as visiting professor in numerous international settings including Russia, Israel, Liberia, Mexico, Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
An ordained United Methodist Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Dr. Birch has been a delegate to UMC General and Jurisdictional Conferences and served on its General Board of Church and Society.
A frequent contributor to journals and periodicals, Dr. Birch has authored eighteen books including What Does the Lord Require?; Singing the Lord’s Song; Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics and Christian Life; Hosea, Joel, Amos for the Westminster Bible Companion, and To Love As We Are Loved: The Bible and Relationships. With Larry Rasmussen he has co-authored The Predicament of the Prosperous and Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life. He has served as one of the Old Testament editors for the New Interpreter’s Bible and contributed the commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel. With Walter Brueggemann, Terence Fretheim, and David Petersen, he co-authored A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, now in its second edition. He co-authored with Lewis A. Parks Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership. His most recent book is Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: A New Conversation, co-authored with Larry Rasmussen, Jacqueline Lapsley and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda.
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Paul K.-K. Cho began teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013.
His interests center on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, with emphasis on its literary texture and modes of producing meaning, particularly as they relate to the innovation and creation of worldviews and theologies.
His teaching interests include a range of biblical books and topics and focus on the biblical text as a window onto its theological, political, and social significance in both ancient and modern contexts.
Cho is Presbyterian and served local congregations in New Haven and Toronto in a variety of roles, including children's ministry director and interim pastor. He is currently a member of State College Presbyterian Church.
- BA, Yale University
- MDiv, Yale Divinity School
- PhD, Harvard University
- “Death and Feasting in the ‘Isaiah Apocalypse’ (Isaiah 25:6–8),” with Janling Fu, in Intertextuality and Formation of Isaiah 24–27 (eds. Todd Hibbard and Paul Kim; SBLAIL 17; Atlanta: SBL, 2013): 117–42.
- “The Integrity of Job 1 and 42:11–17,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76 (2014): 230-51.
- Introduction to the Hebrew Bible OT Exegesis
- Isaiah OT Exegesis
- Job Biblical Hebrew Practicum PMM
- Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
The Bishop Sundo Kim Chair in World Christianity; Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission
Sathianathan (“Sathi”) Clarke is a presbyter of the Church of South India. Dr. Clarke bridges the world between establishment and the marginalized, the global and the local, and academy and the congregation. For several years (1996-2004), he was on the faculty at United Theological College, Bangalore, India. He was also a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. For the last twenty years, he has taught and lectured on global Christianity, contextual theology, postcolonial mission, and interreligious dialogue in India, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Germany, Sri Lanka, Korea, South Africa, and Liberia. In his research and teaching, Dr. Clarke has cultivated specialties in contextual theology, constructive global theology, and theology of religions. His current projects include:
World Christianity: Theological Method and Themes;
Faces of Jesus in World Religions and World Christianity;
Christian Mission in an Interfaith World;
Competing Religious Fundamentalisms.
University of Madras, B.A., M.A.
United Theological College, B.D.
Yale University Divinity School, S.T.M.
Harvard University Divinity School, Th.D.
Post Colonial Voices, taught with Sharon Ringe Globalization
Mission and the Church: Ecclesiology for the 21st Century
Making Christ Work for the Nations: Faces of Jesus in World Christianity
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Poetics and Politics of Religious Conversion
Religion, Violence and Peace: Christian Mission in the Context of Hindu, Muslim And Christian Fundamentalism
Systematic Theology 1 and 2
Theologies of Resistance and Liberation: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, taught with Josiah Young
Theology and the Global Poor, taught with Beverly Mitchell
World Religions As Resource for Christian Theology and Church Ministry
Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Methodist Studies .
An active United Methodist, Ryan Danker is a church historian with a passion for evangelical studies, and in particular the early Wesleyan/Methodist movement under John and Charles Wesley. Born in Portland, Oregon, Danker served United Methodist churches in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. He currently serves as a member of the United Methodist/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Dialogue. He is active in the American Academy of Religion, the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the Charles Wesley Society. Before his appointment at Wesley, Danker served on the faculty at Greensboro College in North Carolina where he was also Special Assistant to the President and a member of the Advisory Board of the Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Church Leadership.
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID
M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC
Th.D., The School of Theology, Boston University, Boston, MA
Wesley and the Anglicans: Evangelical Division in Early Evangelicalism (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016).
CH101 - The Church in History: Early Church to the Reformation
CH102 - The Church in History: Reformation to the Present
ST463 - History of the United Methodist Church
ST464 - Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology
Dr. Elgendy is Wesley's Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology. As a public theologian, he draws on sources in systematic theology, political theology, social ethics, and critical theory. His work has appeared in journals such as Political Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Studia Patristica, and he is the co-editor of and a contributor to the volume, Renegotiating Power, Theology, and Politics (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). He is working on a book that outlines a Christian theology of power by means of a comparison between Karl Barth and Michel Foucault. As Wesley's Academic Director of Public Theology, Dr. Elgendy advises masters students who specialize in public theology and non-degree students working toward the Certificate in Faith and Public Life. In addition to WTS, he has taught at Lake Forest College and the University of Chicago.
Georgetown University, B.A.
The University of Chicago, M.A.
The University of Chicago, Ph.D
Foundations of Public Theology
Paradigms and Practices of Public Theology
Christian Ethics and the Polis
Portraits of Christ for the 21st Century
Formative Influences in the Christian Moral Tradition
Sources of Christian Moral Insight
Salvation, Redemption, and Atonement Christian Life and Common Good
Theologies of Protest and Resistance Love, Desire, and God
Engaging the Powers in Public Theology
Associate Professor of Medieval Studies and Church History; Director of Library
James Estes is a medievalist interested in vernacular texts as they explore religious meaning-making at the intersection of theology, language, and culture. His broader theological interests include the study of the spiritual life and religious movements in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he studied spirituality, mysticism, and historical theology, with particular interest in medieval English vernacular literature. His dissertation (Wisdom's Missionary: Alfred the Great and the Pursuit of Wisdom in Anglo-Saxon Spirituality,2016) examines spirituality and theology in early medieval England. As a theology librarian, he has additional interests in the book arts (the art and practice of book design and publishing) and in information literacy for theological study. He is a lifelong resident of the Washington, DC area, and ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ. A Wesley graduate (2006), James returned to the seminary as a librarian in 2009, and was appointed Library Director and joined the faculty in 2013.
The George Washington University, BA; MAEd
Wesley Theological Seminary, MTS
The Catholic University of America, MSLS; Grad. Certificate; MPhil;PhD
Estes, James. Review of Using e-Books and e-Readers for Adult Learning: With a Focus on Adult Literacy, by Sandie Gay and Tina Richardson. Reflective Teaching [Teaching Theology and Religion Book Reviews Online] (February 2015). http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/article.aspx?id=29165
Estes, James. Review of Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich, by Veronica Mary Rolf. Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 15, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 260-262. DOI: 10.1353/scs.2015.0033
Estes, James. "The Merits and Mandate of Professional Development — or, What happens When a Theology Librarian Reads The Economist.” ATLA [American Theological Library Association] Newsletter (March 10, 2017).
CH 244 Patterns of Spirituality in Early & Medieval Christianity
CH 246 Meaning, Suffering, and Spirituality
CH 313 Women in Early & Medieval Christianity.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion & Society
Michael R. Fisher, Jr. is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Society. He specializes in urban and economic development in U.S. cities, the study of black religion, religion in public life, ethics and public policy, and race and socio-economic inequality. Dr. Fisher teaches courses in African-American religious studies, religion and cities, and religious ethics, while drawing from his knowledge and experience in community organizing and public policy advocacy to build strategic partnerships between religious communities and marginalized groups that address important social issues. He is currently working on his first book, tentatively titled Urban Exiles: Economic Development and Black Displacement in U.S. Cities.
B.S., Howard University
M.Div., Howard University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Professor of Church Music
Eileen Guenther is professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary. She teaches music and worship courses, directs the chapel choir, co-directs the chapel services.
She has led seven groups of Wesley students on intercultural immersion trips to South Africa. Dr. Guenther has served as visiting lecturer at Africa University in Zimbabwe. As part of the Global Praise team she has taught music and worship in Uganda for representatives from the five countries that make up the East Africa Conference of The United Methodist Church and in Cote d’Ivoire.
Eileen is a national and international organ recitalist and has performed in recordings with Etherea Records, the US Air Force Orchestra, Vista Records (London) and Foundry Records. As an extension of her music ministry, she leads workshops nationally for musical and denominational organizations. Her book, Rivals or a Team: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century was published by MorningStar Music in 2012 and she is currently writing a book on The Power of Spirituals.
Dr. Guenther has just concluded three terms as president of the American Guild of Organists, having previously served this international organization of 16,500 members in a variety of capacities from National Councillor for Organizational Concerns to National Vice President. For many years she was the host of an award-winning program, "The Royal Instrument," heard on Washington's primary classical music station at that time, WGMS.
In June 2007, Dr. Guenther concluded a distinguished career at Foundry United Methodist Church, where she had served as minister of music and liturgy for many years. The Foundry Choir appeared at General Conference twice and at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference on many occasions. They sang at The White House numerous times and were described by The Washington Post as "one of Washington's best choruses." With repertoire ranging from J. S. Bach to Washington, D.C. composer Thomas Beveridge, these singers presented a Concert for Life for many years, raising over $600,000 for organizations serving those living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and in the Washington area.
University of Kansas, B.A., English
University of Kansas, B.M., Organ
The Catholic University of America, M.A., Musicology
The Catholic University of America, D.M.A., Organ
Exploring the Hymnal Music Skills for the Local Church
Music and Social Justice
Sacred Music in the USA
Songs of Zion: Spirituals in the Life of The Church, taught with William McClain
Worship Today, taught with Lucy Hogan
Emerita Professor of Practice in Ministry and Mission
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria District. She specializes in contextual education and homiletics and brings this passion to bear through her leadership in Wesley Theological Seminary's Practice for Ministry and Mission program. Her current projects include manuscripts on:
Images in Sermons;
19th Century African American Preaching; and
The Meaning of Marriage in our Religious Tradition.
George Washington University, B.S.
Troy State, M.S.
University of Virginia, Ed.S.
Howard University School of Divinity, M.Div.
The American University, Ph.D.
"Imaging the Sermon," in The African American Pulpit, Winter 2002-2003, pp. 18-20.
Book review in Quarterly Review 21:4, Winter 2001, 432 of Preaching to Head and Heart, by Thomas R. Swears, Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.
"Case Study: Service and Survival" with Sue Zabel
In Transforming the City: Reframing Education for Urban Ministry. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmanns Publishing Company, 2002.
"Response" in Connecting with Today's Theological Students: A Collection of Presentations. Washington, D. C: The Washington Theological Consortium, Fall 2001.
"Spirituality and Sexuality: Both or Neither," in Shaping Sanctuary. Chicago: RCP, 2000, pp. 5-8.
"'Freedom From" In Negro Preaching of the Nineteenth Century," AQT Special Issue "The Pulpit Leads the World." December 2000, pp. 277-295.
"Make It Plain: Make It Portable: Effective Sermon Images," Quarterly Review, Summer 2000, pp. 199 -215.
"Not In My Church," a case study in Journal for Case Teaching, Number 9, 1997/98, pp. 59-63.
FaithLink and FaithNow, United Methodist Publishing House Adult Christian Education Weekly Publication, Since July 1995 I have researched or written an issue once a month (January 1998 issue: "Sound or Silence").
"Young, Gay, Dead: Suicide in Homosexual Teenagers" Open Hands, Summer 1997.
"If Mary Came Again" (December 1999)," Experiencing Joy" (December 1997), and "Come Before Winter" (December 1996), The Trumpeter, Trinity United Methodist Church.
"Using Maps With Children," Children's Teacher, Church School Publications, The United Methodist Publishing House, Spring, 1997.
"Change is Coming: How Shall We Respond?" in Virginia United Methodist Advocate, p. 5, November 24, 1994.
"Interrogation and Accusation, "March 31, 1995 Meditation in Liberation and Unity 1995, Princeton, N.J.: Consultation on Church Union, 1994.
"Living in the Intersection: Black Women Writers," in Living the Intersection, Cheryl Sanders, ed., Augsburg, Fortress, 1994.
"Power and Sexual Abuse in Ministry," Journal of Religious Thought, Volume 48, Number 1, Summer-Fall 1991.
Internship in Ministry and Mission
Sexual Issues in Parish Ministry
Studying Congregational Ministry, taught with Joseph Tortorici
Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship
What will, what should, what can preaching look like in the 21stcentury? This is an exciting and challenging time for preachers. The diversity of their listeners, the place of the church in the broader culture, and the opportunities and challenges presented by technology are causing us to rethink and re-envision preaching. To this important conversation Dr. Hogan brings a rich and varied background. She is interested in creativity and the creative process. Having been a painter and graphic artist and having taught art, she finds a great overlay between the teaching of art and of preaching. She is also discovering that the growing use of visual media in sermons and worship services requires preachers to become familiar with the art vocabulary and critical skills important in an art classroom.
The intersection of rhetoric, persuasion, and preaching has also been a focus of Dr. Hogan's teaching and academic writing. How do we understand the human role in this divine project? God calls preachers and gives to them the gifts of knowledge, language, relationship, and leadership. How are we to develop and use those gifts in the service of God and the church? How do we nurture our preaching skills? How do we learn to shape our words, our messages for the diverse communities of listeners to whom we may be sent? In addition, an important dimension of persuasion and preaching is the ethics of preaching. How are preachers responsible to God and to their listeners? In the preaching classes we explore and discuss these important questions.
Teaching preaching also gives Dr. Hogan the opportunity to draw together the entire seminary curriculum. A good preacher is a good biblical scholar and theologian. A good preacher knows the history of the church, and understands the broader culture. Preaching is a pastoral activity through which the community of the church is strengthened. And preachers must also be familiar with the skills provided by the social sciences which help them to analyze and understand the congregation to whom they will be preaching.
While she is far from a computer "geek" or "techie," Dr. Hogan is coming to appreciate the great potential that media technology, the new "stained glass," holds for preaching and worship. The use of technology in the worship and preaching of the church is a growing edge in her teaching. From 2004-2006 Dr. Hogan held a Lilly Faculty Research Grant to examine the use of technology in preaching.
Macalester College, B.A.
Virginia Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Wesley Theological Seminary, D.Min.
University of Maryland, Ph.D.
Lenten Services. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009.
Foundations of Preaching
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Preaching Practicum: Preaching the Season
Preaching Practicum: Preaching The Lectionary
Preaching Practicum: Situational Preaching
Preaching Practicum: Themes of Preaching
Preaching Practicum: The New Stained Glass
Preaching Practicum: Who's the Preacher?
Readings: Women Preachers Worship Today, taught with Eileen Guenther
Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology
A native of upstate NY, Dr. Dombkowski Hopkins has studied twice at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies on the West Bank. She has received several grants and awards, among them: a Wabash Center Project Grant, sponsored by the Lilly Endowment (2013), an Association of Theological Schools Research Grant (2007), and a Theological Education Renewal Award from the Yale Center for Faith and Culture (2006), all with her colleague, Michael Koppel. She also received an Exemplary Teaching Award (2011-12) from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Her interests include the Psalms, feminist interpretation of the Bible, and the intersections between the Bible and pastoral care. She is the mother of two children, Brian and Ariel, and an avid gardener, tennis player, bicyclist, and ballet lover.
Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude
Vanderbilt University, M.A., Ph.D. with honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Psalms: Books 2-3(Pss 42-89) in the Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2016)
Bridging the Divide between Bible and Practical Theology(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), Co-editor/author (with Michael Koppel)
"Blessing and Curse," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Theology(Oxford Press, 2015)
"'Let Them Be Like the Snail that Dissolves into Slime': Pastoral and Theological Perspectives on Divine and Human Violence in the Bible" (with Michael Koppel), Journal of Pastoral Theology23,2 (2013): 2.1-2.18
"Judith" inWomen's Bible Commentary, 3rd ed., (Westminster John Knox, 2012)
Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices(co-authored with Michael Koppel, (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
"1 Maccabees," "2 Maccabees," "3 Maccabees," "4 Maccabees," "Judith," in the Westminster Discipleship Study Bible, introduction and annotations (Westminster John
Journey through the Psalms(Chalice Press, 2002)
Introduction to Hebrew Bible
Biblical Interpretation Decalogue
Images of Leadership in the Bible Arts in the Bible
The Megilloth: Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes
Jeremiah and Trauma
The Hebrew Bible and Pastoral Care Practices (with Michael Koppel)
Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
A native of California, Michael Koppel is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served as pastor, campus minister, hospital clinical care supervisor, hospice chaplain, and youth minister in California, Ohio, and New York. He teaches and researches in the field of pastoral theology and care ministries. Michael served a four-year term on the Society for Pastoral Theology Steering Committee (2011-2015) and a six-year term (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins) as co-convener of SBL Section, The Bible and Practical Theology (2008-2014). He currently advises PCUSA students at Wesley. He has been awarded: a Pulpit and Pew Pastoral Leadership Dissertation Fellowship, Duke University (2001); a Wabash Center Faculty Fellowship (2005); and with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins: a Theological Education Renewal Award from the Yale Center for Faith and Culture (2006); the Association of Theological Schools Research Grant (2007); and a Wabash Center Project Grant, sponsored by the Lilly Endowment (2012). Michael enjoys swimming, bicycling, and hiking.
B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Davis
M.Div. cum laude, Yale University Divinity School
Ph.D. with President's Award for Excellence, Claremont School of Theology
Coming Home: The Body in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (forthcoming)
Co-editor (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins), Bridge Work: Conversations between the Bible and Pastoral Theology (forthcoming, Cambridge Scholars, 2017)
"The Prophets and Pastoral Care," The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets, ed. Carolyn Sharp (forthcoming, 2016)
"The Contemplative Bow in Teaching and Learning Pastoral Care," Teaching Theology & Religion 16,1 (Jan. 2013): 76-88
"'Let Them Be Like the Snail that Dissolves into Slime': Pastoral and Theological Perspectives on Divine and Human Violence in the Bible" (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins), Journal of Pastoral Theology 23,2 (2013): 2.1-2.18
Co-editor (with Janet E. Schaller) and author, Graceful Eldercare: Essays in Honor of William M. Clements, Pastoral Psychology 60,1 (February 2011)
Co-author (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins), Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices (Eerdmans, 2010)
Open-Hearted Ministry: Play as Key to Pastoral Leadership (Fortress, 2008)
Pastoral Care and Counseling in Contexts
Spirituality of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Counseling Skills for Ministry
Death, Dying, and Bereavement
The Hebrew Bible and Pastoral Care (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins)
Inter-cultural Care and Counseling; Pastoral Care with Young Adults
The Tone of Church Leadership
Associate Dean for Campus Life
Dr. Lee currently serves as Associate Dean for Campus Life and Director of African American Church Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. In this capacity, he is responsible for the programmatic, academic and spiritual life of seminary students. As the director of Wesley’s African American Church Studies, Dr. Lee oversees the academic and vocational partnerships that serve students in the program and coordinates the seminary’s partnerships with African American faith communities across the country. He holds membership in several professional and social organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, the Religious Education Association, the Association of Leadership Educators, and is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
He teaches courses in the study of African American religious experience and practical theology with emphases in preaching, church leadership and spiritual formation.
B.A,. Music Education, Hampton University
M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary
D.Min., Virginia Theological Seminary
Professor of the Practice of Spiritual Formation
The Rev. Dr. Kyunglim Shin Lee serves as Wesley's Professor of the Practice of Spiritual Formation in the master program and in the Doctor of Ministry Global Asian Track in the field of Spiritual Formation, Global Mission, and Korean Immigrant Church and Theology.
신경림 박사는 웨슬리 신학대학원 부총장으로, 본교 석사과정 및 글로벌 아시안 트랙 박사과정에서세계선교 및 영성형성, 한인 이민교회 신학을 가르치고 있습니다.
Born in Korea, Dr. Shin Lee holds an undergraduate degree from Methodist Theological University (Seoul), a M.Div. From Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Wesley D.Min.
한국에서 태어나 서울 감리교신학대학교에서 수학하였으며, 미국 시카고 게렛 신학대학원에서 석사학위를, 웨슬리 신학대학원에서 박사학위를 받았습니다.
In her 30 years of service to Wesley, Dr. Shin Lee has traveled around the world, to teach and to establish and support theological education and pastoral leadership development programs in partnership with the local leaders and missionaries.
웨슬리에서의 지난 30년 동안, 신 부총장은 전 세계 선교지를 다니며, 신학 강의는 물론 선교사들과협력하여 현지 신학교 설립과 현지 목회자 신학교육, 지도자 영성계발에 매진하고 있습니다.
A published author, Dr. Shin Lee recently released “Missionary Power, Urgent Inspection of Korean Missionary (Seoul, Korea: Hongsungsa Press, 2017). She is also a noted lecturer on the topics of Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Global Mission .
신 부총장은 세계선교 및 영성형성, 리더십 분야에서 그 능력을 인정받는 교수이자 저자로 최근 저서로는 <선교강국, 한국선교 긴급 점검> (홍성사, 2017)가 있습니다.
Director of Research on Missional Communities; Professor of Sociology
Dr. Marullo directs Wesley’s newly created Center for the Missional Church, located at our Wesley Downtown location. He joined the Wesley faculty in 2010 after serving more than nine years as Chair and Professor of the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. A 2010 M.Div. of Wesley, Dr. Marullo now serves a crucial role in equipping church leaders for missional engagement in the world. The Center helps to “turn churches inside out” as leaders learn about fruitful ministry practices in service, mission, social justice, and community transformation. The Center supports Wesley’s curriculum development in the areas of urban ministry, public theology, missional church and evangelism. Dr. Marullo teaches courses in the areas of missional church, urban ministry, social justice, and social research in ministry.
Wesley Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Columbia University, Ph.D. Sociology
Columbia University, M.A., Sociology
Colgate University, A.B., Mathematics and Social Relations
Seminary Urban Fellows Seminar
Social Research for Ministry
Leadership and Practices of the Missional Church
Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry
Marcus Matthews is originally from Florence, South Carolina, where his home church, Cumberland UMC, was a pivotal influence in his life. He graduated from South Carolina State College, and later was employed by Cumberland UMC as a community developer in the first wave of the Black Community Developers program of the General Board of Global Ministries. He was later selected by the Ford Foundation’s Leadership Development Program to conduct a year-long study of religious institutions such as the Delta Project in Mississippi, The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, The UMC General Commission
on Religion and Race, and a project with juveniles in Syracuse, NY.
Matthews then enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary and served as a student intern at
Douglas Memorial UMC for a year. He became an assistant pastor at Asbury UMC in
Washington, DC, where he continued as associate for two years after his graduation from
Wesley. Upon graduation, he served as pastor of Jones Memorial UMC in Washington, DC,
where he oversaw the building of a new sanctuary and established a community development
program. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary. He
was pastor of Epworth Chapel UMC in Baltimore, from 1982 to 1986, when, during his
pastorate, Epworth received 272 new members.
In 1986, he became district superintendent of the Baltimore East District and in 1991 was
named Conference Council Director, a position he held until being named Washington West
District superintendent in 1999.
The Rev. Dr. Marcus Matthews was elected bishop on July 14, 2004, by the Northeastern
Jurisdiction on the first ballot and was assigned to serve the Philadelphia Episcopal Area. In
2008, he was assigned to the New York West Area, where he successfully united four annual
conferences into one. In July 2012 he was assigned to the Baltimore Washington Conference
where he started his ministry. He retired as a residential bishop August 31, 2016.
Currently, Bishop Matthews is the Executive Secretary for the Council of Bishops, The United
Methodist Church. He is also serving as the Bishop – In Residence at Wesley Theological
Seminary. Bishops Matthews is now the Chair, Board of Trustees, Africa University, Chair of
Africa University Development Committee, and member of Black Methodist for Church
During his ministry, Bishop Matthews served on the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Board of Global Ministries, Connection Process Team, the General Council on Ministries, Africa University Development Committee, World Methodist Council Executive Committee, and the Northeastern Jurisdiction Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry Board. In 2004 he was elected Co-Chair of the Endorsing Committee of The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC. In 2008 he was elected President of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He was elected in 2005 to the Board of Directors of Africa University.
Bishop Matthews is married to Barbara Walker Matthews and they have two adult children, Jaime S. Matthews and Marci Michael, and five grandchildren.
Distinguished Professor of Public Theology
After 35 years in national politics and presidential campaigns including time as White House Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton, Mike McCurry joined the Wesley Seminary community as a member of its Board of Governors, then as a student (MA 2013) and now a faculty member teaching in the area of faith and politics. He co-directs the WTS-sponsored National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS).
Princeton University, A.B.
Georgetown University, MALS
Wesley Theological Seminary, MA
National Capital Semester for Seminarians
Public Theology for Local Congregations
Associate Professor of Preaching .
The Rev. Dr. Veronice Miles joined Wesley’s faculty in 2016 as Visiting Professor of Preaching after 10 years as a professor of preaching and religious education at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Attentive to the formative and transformative potential of preaching, Dr. Miles is committed to helping individuals and communities discover pathways for living the life of faith in word and deed. She is ordained Baptist and has participated in various facets of church and community ministry for more than 40 years.
Because we preach in the face of specific and often deeply rooted challenges to our identity and vocation, Dr. Miles is interested in the intersection of preaching and persistently threatening challenges that pervade U.S. culture, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and materialistic consumerism. Preaching does not ignore these challenges or concede defeat to the despairing realities of life. Rather, preaching emboldens individuals and communities of faith to live with hope as an expression of our affirmative response to God’s “yes” for creation and for our lives. Her current research, Preaching and the Anticipatory Language of Hope, explores preaching as a conduit of hope in the face of circumstances that seem to deny the plausibility of living with hope.
Ph.D., Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 2009
M.Div. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1999
Ed.S. Counseling and Student Personnel Services, University of Florida, 1981
M.Ed. Counselor Education, University of Florida, 1981
B.A. Psychology, University of Florida, 1978
Commentaries, Articles, Book Chapters:
“Hope,” Encyclopedia of Christian Education, George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, ed., Rowman and Littlefield Publishing (2015).
“Help Wanted: Harvesters for God’s Vineyard (Luke10:1-12, 17-20),” The World is Waiting for You, Pamela R. Durso and LeAnn Gunter Johns, ed., Smith & Helwys Publishing (2014).
“Journey to the Well of Reconciliation (John 4:1-30, 39-42),” The World is Waiting for You, Pamela R. Durso and LeAnn Gunter Johns, ed., Smith & Helwys Publishing (2014).
"Defining Moments and Transformative Possibilities", Ecumenical Trends, special edition, (January 2011).
“Pastoral Perspective on John 11:1-45,” Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, Vol. 2, David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, ed., Westminster John Knox, (2010).
“Pastoral Perspective on Matthew 21:1-11,” Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, Vol. 2, David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, ed., Westminster John Knox, (2010).
“Pastoral Perspective on Matthew 27:11-54,” Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, Vol. 2, David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, ed., Westminster John Knox, (2010).
“Living Out-Loud in a World that Demands Silence: Preaching with Adolescents,” Children, Youth and Spirituality in a Troubling World, Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore and Almeda Wright, ed., Chalice Press (2008).
Professor of Historical Theology
Beverly E. Mitchell was called to the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary in July 1998. She teaches courses in historical, systematic, and contextual theology; church history, including African-American religious history; and human rights. She is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and two books, Black Abolitionism: The Quest for Human Dignity (Orbis Books, 2005) and Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity (Fortress Press, 2009). Her more recent scholarship has focused on the challenges to human dignity in the face of white supremacy, economic injustice, and genocide.
Black Abolitionism: The Quest for Human Dignity. Orbis Books, 2005.
Plantations and Death Camps, Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity. Fortress Press, 2009.
African American Religious History
Jesus Christ in African American Christianity
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Prophetic Literature in the African American Tradition
Radical Discipleship: Biography, Theology, and Ministry
Systematic Theology 1 and 2
The Church in History: Reformation to the Modern Civil Rights Movement
The Search for a Theology of Human Rights
Theology and the Global Poor, taught with Sathianathan Clarke
Women Doing Theology
Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Theology; Program Consultant, Center for Public Theology
Dr. Kristopher Norris is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Theology and the Program Consultant for the Center for Public Theology. Norris teaches classes in the areas of Christian Ethics and Public Theology and co-directs the National Capital Semester for Seminarians with Prof. Mike McCurry. He is currently helping develop Wesley’s new Faith & Public Life Immersion experience through the Center for Public Theology. He has published two books and several journal articles on church practices, faith and politics, and just war theory, as well as the ethics of Bonhoeffer and Barth, and his current research is at the intersection of church, race, and politics. He is an ordained Baptist minister from North Carolina.
B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.Div. Duke Divinity School
Th.M. Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Ph.D. University of Virginia
Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church, with Sam Speers. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015.
Pilgrim Practices: Discipleship for a Missional Church. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2012.
“A (Multi-) Story-Formed Community: The Bible and Politics at Ebenezer Baptist Church.” Ecclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography (forthcoming, vol. 4:2 (2017)).
“The Hope of the Poor: Ecclesial Practices of Politics, Hope, and Transformation,” Perspectives in Religious Studies vol. 43:1 (2016).
“Deliberating Just War.” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 43:1 (2015).
“‘Never Again War’: Recent Shifts in the Roman Catholic Just War Tradition and the Question of Functional Pacifism.’” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 42:1 (2014).
“The Incarnational Church: Bonhoeffer’s Political Ecclesiology of Transformation” in A Spoke in the Wheel: The Political in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, eds. Kirsten Busch Nielson, Ralf K. Wustenberg, & Jens Zimmermann. Munich, Germany: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2013.
“Symposium Introduction to Grant Wacker’s America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation,” Syndicate Theology 3:3 (2016).
“No Politics in Church? Not So Fast,” Religion & Politics (Summer 2015).
“Teaching Public Theology: The National Capital Semester for Seminarians,” with Mike McCurry. Political Theology Today (Summer 2015).
“How Can We Support Young Baptist Scholars?” Baptists Today (Summer 2015).
Emeritus Professor of Art and Music
Deborah Sokolove is Professor Emeritus and was previously Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion. With a background in art education and computer graphics, most of her courses and her writing focus on the intersection of the arts with theology, liturgy, and culture. In addition to her teaching and writing, she also maintains an active studio practice as a painter. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections including two works in Oxnam Chapel: a set of Stations of the Cross, and Sanctus, which was created as part of the chapel renovation. Sokolove is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, Christians in the Visual Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies. She is a Steward of Seekers Church, an intentional Christian congregation in the tradition of Church of the Saviour, where she serves on the worship planning group and frequently preaches and leads worship.
- California State University, B.A., M.F.A.
- Wesley Theological Seminary, M.T.S.
- Drew University, Ph.D.
- Calling on God: Inclusive Language Prayers for Three Years of Sundays, co-authored with Peter Bankson, Skylight Paths/Christian Journeys, 2014
- Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church, Wipf & Stock, 2013
- "Marking Time: Dressing the United Methodist Church for Worship 1982-2002", 2003, dissertation, Drew University
Essasy in Edited Volumes
- "Art, Studio," Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, A. Runehov & L. Oviedo (eds.s) Dordrecht: Springer, 2013
- “Art and Worship Speaking the Word” in Mary Hunt and Diann Neu, eds., New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, Woodstock, Vt: SkyLight Paths Publishing, p 182- 189, 2010
- “Wholly Porcelain: Mimesis and Meaning in the Sculpture of Ginger Henry Geyer,” in Robin M. Jensen and Kimberly Vrudny, eds., Visual Theology: Forming and Transforming the Community through the Arts, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, pp. 29 – 40, 2009
- “Art in Theology-Land,” in Lucy Lind Hogan and D. William Faupel, eds., Strangers in a Strange Land: A Festschrift in Honor of Bruce C. Birch, Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 137-144, 2009
Sokolove has also been a regular contributor to Liturgical Homiletics, Homily Service, ecumenical resources for preachers, since 1997; ARTS, the journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, since 2007; and the Abingdon Worship Annual since 2011. Her essays on art, faith, and the artist's life have been published in The Art Journal, Images and Issues, Liturgy, and Faith at Work magazines.
Emeritus Professor of Theology, Ministry and Congregational Development
Lew Parks teaches is the areas of United Methodist polity and leadership and administration in small churches at Wesley. He is the pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lemoyne, PA. Before being called to Wesley in 1998 he served United Methodist churches of all sizes throughout the Susquehanna Conference (formally Central Pennsylvania) and was a district superintendent of a town and country district. He is a five time delegate to General Conference of the UMC and served on the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He served as Wesley's director of the Doctor of Ministry program for 20 years, retiring from this role in July 2018.
He co-authored Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly (2004) with Bruce Birch and wrote Preaching in the Small Membership Church (2009). In recent years he has been working with lay and clergy leaders of small churches across the country. Dr. Parks is married to Peggy. They have two children, six grandchildren and live in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, B.S.
Wesley Theological Seminary, M.Div.
St. Mary's Seminary-Baltimore, Ph.D.
Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership with Bruce Birch (2004)
Preaching in the Small Membership Church (2009)
Polity of The United Methodist Church
Leadership and Administration in Small Churches
Project Seminar for the Doctor of Ministry
Leadership across Time and Culture
Associate Professor of Urban Ministries and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement
Lorena M. Parrish, Ph.D. was the Dirk Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey prior to joining Wesley. Dr. Parrish earned her Ph.D., M. Phil. and M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She also holds a M.S.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr.Parrish’s academic specializations include Urban Ministry; Womanist Theology; Theology, Ethics and Popular Culture; Theology and the Black Church and Practical Theology. Her upcoming book is Forsaking the Lowly Jesus for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, or How Shall We Be Saved?: A Theological Reflection on the Legacy of Christian Attitudes toward Wealth and Poverty and Its Impact upon the Black Church.
Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministry
Dr. Peck-McClain works in two different and related areas at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the Visiting Professor of Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministries, spending her time both teaching Christian Formation in the seminary classroom and also working as the theological educator for the Wesley Innovation Hub, part of a Lilly Endowment Initiative grant for ministries with young adults in the Capital Region. She believes strongly in the formative power of community, especially when inspired and supported by the Holy Spirit. She is passionate about the church's challenges and possibilities in this present age.
Dr. Peck-McClain is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served churches in both New York City and the Hudson Valley. Dr. Peck-McClain's research interests include youth and young adult ministries, critical liberative pedagogy, and Pauline epistles. Her ThD from Duke Divinity School is in the area of Christian Education and New Testament.
Dr. Peck-McClain is author of Arm in Arm with Adolescent Girls: Educating into the New Creation (Pickwick, 2018). She also joins four other contributing editors of We Pray With Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead, a book of prayers and devotions for women in all areas leadership (Abingdon, 2018) and its follow-up Speaking Truth: Women Raising Their Voices in Prayer (Abingdon, 2020). Her other publications can be found in When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics (Chalice, 2019), Religious Education journal, Practicing With Paul (Cascade, 2018), and The Encyclopedia of Christian Education.
Washington and Lee University, B.A.
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, M.Div.
Duke University Divinity School, Th.D.
Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry
Teaching and Learning in Christian Education
Theological Foundations of Youth Ministry
Ministry with Young Adults I & II
Paul and Practical Theology
Innovative Ministry by Design I & II
Assistant Professor of Worship and Chapel Elder
Anna Adams Petrin is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a scholar who specializes in the history and practice of Christian worship. Dr. Petrin’s research and teaching interests include liturgical studies (liturgical history and sacramental theology), spirituality, and ecumenism. In addition to teaching courses in worship, she serves as Chapel Elder, a role focused on nourishing the seminary community through regular gatherings of prayer and praise.
B.A., North Carolina State University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
“Reconsidering the ‘Egyptian Connection’ in the Anaphora of Fourth-Century Jerusalem.” Studia Patristica 92 (2017): 65-76.
Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry
The Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Powe is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering. His research interest are church revitalization, urban theology and Methodist theology. Dr. Powe is the new Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Ph.D. Emory University, Systematic Theology, Atlanta, Georgia
M.DIV. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Summa Cum Laude
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, Economic-Management, Delaware, Ohio, Magna Cum Laude
Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, co-authored with Jasmine Rose Smothers (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2015)
Religio-Political Narratives in America: From Martin Luther King, Jr. through Jeremiah Wright, co-authored with Johnny Hill and Angela Sims (Palgrave, 2014)
New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012)
Just-us or Justice: Moving Toward a Pan-Methodist Theology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009)
Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, co-authored with Henry H. Knight, III (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2006)
Urban Fellows Seminar
Evangelism in Contemporary Church and World
Practical Theology of Urban Ministry
Congregational Outreach and Growth
Evangelism in the Wesleyan-Methodist Tradition
Visiting Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Timothy K. Snyder is Senior Researcher at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Visiting Instructor of Practical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. Trained as a practical theologian and scholar of American religion, his research explores the changing religious landscape of the United States specializing in congregational studies and lived religion. His articles, essays, and reviews have been published in academic and popular publications including CrossCurrents, Ecclesial Practices, The Other Journal, Religion Dispatches, and Washington Post. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Religious Research Association. He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
PhD candidate, Theological Studies, Boston University
MA, Theology and Ministry, Luther Seminary
BA, Theology, Texas Lutheran University
Professor of Religion & Visual Culture and Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion
Dr. Rosen oversees the Luce Center’s gallery, studio residencies, and research. He is also Visiting Professor at King’s College London, where he was Senior Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts. He began his career at Yale, Oxford, and Columbia, after receiving his PhD from Cambridge. In addition to several collaborative projects, he is currently writing The Hospitality of Images: Modern Art and Interfaith Dialogue (under contract, Cambridge University Press). He has curated exhibitions around the world and written widely for scholarly and popular publications. He also writes books for children, including Journey through Art, translated into seven languages.
University of Oxford, DPhil (by incorporation) - Junior Research Fellow at the Oxford Center for Hebrew & Jewish Studies
University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) - PhD in Theology
University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) - MPhil in Theology
University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) Diploma in Theology & Religious Studies
Bowdoin College, BA - Religion Major, Art History Minor
- Religion in Modern and Contemporary Art
- Religion and Material Culture (e.g. graphic novels, political cartoons, fashion, children's books)
- Religion and Film
- Memorialization and Museology
- Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue
- Modern Jewish Thought
2019 Brushes with Faith: Reflections and Conversations on Contemporary Art. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade
2018 Encounters: The Art of Interfaith Dialogue (ed). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers
2015 Art and Religion in the 21st Century. London: Thames & Hudson
2009 Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitai. London: Legenda
* Further books and other publications available on CV
Relevant Classes Taught
-Art and the Sacred in Washington, DC
-Religion & Graphic Novels
-Spiritual Journeys in Literature
-Modern Jewish Art, Film, and Culture
Director of the Doctor of Ministry and Course of Study Programs and Assistant Professor of Church History and Mission
The Rev. Dr. Douglas D. Tzan is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. He is the senior pastor at the Sykesville Parish (St. Paul’s and Gaither United Methodist Churches) in Sykesville, Maryland. His research interests include the history of Christian mission, Methodist history, and world Christianity. He is eagerly awaiting the publication of his forthcoming book on William Taylor, the Methodist preacher, missionary, evangelist, author, mission promoter, and bishop, and ninteenth century Methodist missions.
BAr.Sc. Magna Cum Laude with Honors from South Carolina College, University of South Carolina
M.Div. with Distinction, Iliff School of Theology
Ph.D., Boston University
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership; Senior Consultant, G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Professor Weems is the Wesley Seminary Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Founding Director/Senior Consultant of Wesley's G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Millsaps College, B.A.
Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, M.Th.
Wesley Theological Seminary, D. Min.
Baker University, D.D. (honorary)
Central Methodist University, D.D. (honorary)
Millsaps College, D.D. (honorary)
High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2014
Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2013
Focus: The Real Challenges Facing The United Methodist Church, Abingdon Press, 2012
Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2011
Church Leadership, Revised Edition, Abingdon Press, 2010
The Crisis of Younger Clergy (with Ann A. Michel), Abingdon Press, 2008
Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church, Abingdon Press, 2003
Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit, Abingdon Press, 1999
John Wesley's Message Today, Abingdon Press, 1991
Best Practices in Church Leadership And Administration
Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics
Sondra Wheeler is a member of the United Methodist Church. Within the broad discipline of Christian ethics, she specializes in theological bioethics, biblical ethics, virtue ethics and the historical roots of Christian moral theology. Her current projects include:
a book retrieving the Christian tradition on love for a general audience; and
a manuscript on the moral character of the relationship between parents and children.
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Yale Divinity School, M.A.R.
Yale University, Ph.D.
Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions
Stewards of Life: Bioethics and Pastoral Care
What We Were Made For: Christian Reflections on Love
Children of One's Own: Creation and the Limits of Parental Power
Bioethics and Pastoral Care Christian Ethics: A Topical Approach
Current Topics in Bioethics
Ethical Dimension of Ministry
Ethics of Personal Relationships
Formative Influences in the Christian Moral Tradition
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Readings: Virtue Ethics
Sources of Christian Moral Insight
The Moral Imagination
Philip Wingeier-Rayo, Ph.D., was appointed to the position of Dean July 1, 2018. Dr. Wingeier-Rayo holds his doctorate in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Chicago Theological Seminary, a M.T.S. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a M.Th. from Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba. He has previously taught at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Pfeiffer University, and Seminario Baez Camargo in Mexico City. Dr. Wingeier-Rayo’s research interests are at the intersection of missiology and Methodist studies, in particular multicultural churches, Wesleyan mission theology, Latin American liberation theology and Pentecostalism. His academic work is informed by 15 years of missionary service where he served in Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley in S. Texas. Dr. Wingeier-Rayo is currently writing a book on a Wesleyan theology of mission and evangelism.
La Biblia atraves de los ojos de Juan Wesley: 52 clases de discipulado para pequeños grupos, with foreword by Justo González, Nashville, TN: Upper Room/Discipleship Resources. Forthcoming in 2018.
Where are the Poor? A Comparison of the Ecclesial Base Communities and Pentecostalism—A Case Study in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.
Cuban Methodism: The Untold Story of Survival and Revival, Atlanta, GA: Dolphins and Orchids, 2006.
Chapters in Books:
“Pentecostalism and Base Christian Communities in Mexico: Similarities, Differences and Juxtapositions,” in Ecumenism in the World Church, William Cavanaugh, editor, Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, forthcoming 2018.
“A Wesleyan Missiology: Contributions of the doctrines of original sin, prevenient grace and eschatology for a missional church in the 21st century,” in Missio Dei and the United States:
Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, Nashville: General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
Publications, forthcoming 2018:
“El Impacto del Congreso Misionero Mundial sobre México: El Plan de Cincinnati,” in La Reformación de la Misión en America Latina, eds. Miguel Alvarez and Dinorah Mendez, Mexico City: CUPSA, forthcoming 2018.
“O Impacto do Congreso Missionário Mundial sobre México: O Plan de Cincinnati,” in Reconstuindo Missão na América Latina, São Paulo: Editora Sinodal, 2018
CM205 - The Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World
ST463 - History of The United Methodist Church
ST464 - Doctrine of The United Methodist Church
Professor in New Testament
Carla Works is a member of the United Methodist Church. Her research interests include Pauline studies, the New Testament’s use of Israel’s scriptures, biblical ethics, and theological interpretation. Dr. Works longs for her students to see the biblical text come alive in their midst. A mother, minister’s wife, and native Arkansan, she incorporates into her teaching anything from Dr. Seuss’s stories to the Arkansas Razorback “hog call” to help her illustrate a point. She is passionate about teaching and learning and deeply committed to the church.
Williams Baptist College, B.A.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.Th.
Yale University Divinity School, M.A.R.
Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D.
The Church in the Wilderness: Paul’s Use of Exodus Traditions in 1 Corinthians. WUNT II.379. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2014.
“Philippians” in The Women’s Bible Commentary, revised and expanded edition. Edited by Sharon Ringe, Carol Newsom, and Jacqueline Lapsley. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012.
Introduction to New Testament: Epistles
Introduction to New Testament: Gospels
Paul's Urban Ministry
Women in Letters of Paul
New Testament Exegesis: 1 & 2 Corinthians
New Testament Exgesis: Romans
New Testament Exegesis: Galatians and James
New Testament Greek
Second Temple Judaism
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Practicum in Biblical Interpretation
Professor of Systematic Theology
Morehouse College, B.A.
Union Theological Seminary, New York, M.Div., M.Phil., Ph.D.
James Baldwin’s Understanding of God: Overwhelming Desire and Joy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Dogged Strength within the Veil: Africana Spirituality and the Mysterious Love of God.
Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2003.
No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1998.
African Theology: A Critical Interpretation and Annotated Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993.
A Pan-African Theology: Providence and the Legacies of the Ancestors. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1992.
Black and African Theologies: Siblings or Distant Cousins? Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1986.
Articles, Book Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries:
"An African-American Perspective on an Experience of Incomparable Value," in Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Jahrbuch 2, 2005-2006, edited by Christian Gremmels, Hans Pfeifer and Christiane Tietz (München: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2005).
"Farrakhan, Louis," in The Encyclopedia of New England, ed. By Burt Feintuch and David H. Waters. New Haven: Yale University, 2005.
"Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)," in The Encyclopedia of New England, ed. By Burt Feintuch and David H. Waters. New Haven: Yale University, 2005.
"Nation of Islam," in The Encyclopedia of New England, ed. By Burt Feintuch and David H. Waters. New Haven: Yale University, 2005.
Introduction to Whose Good? Whose Commons?, in In Search of the Common Good, ed. by Patrick D. Miller and Dennis P. McCann. New York: T&T Clark, 2005.
Good is Knowing When to Stop: Denucleation and the End of Privilege,in In Search of the Common Good, ed. by Patrick D. Miller and Dennis P. McCann. New York: T&T Clark, 2005.
Those Who Belong to Christ and the This-Worldly Character of the New Creation,' in Wesleyan Perspectives on the New Creation, ed. by M. Douglas Meeks. Nashville: Kingswood/Abingdon, 2004.
Envisioning the Son of Man. Black Theology: An International Journal, January, 2.1, 2004.
Distinguishing Sterility from Fecundity in the Wesleyan Tradition, in Methodist and Radical: Rejuvenating a Tradition, ed, by Joerg Rieger and John J. Vincent. Nashville: Kingswood/Abingdon, 2003.
Wesleyan Faith: A Contemporary Reflection. Quarterly Review, Spring, 23.1, 2003.
Looking Forward Rather Than Backward. Quarterly Review, Winter 2001.
Existential Aptness-Epistemological Correctness: Cornel West and the Identity of the Lord, in The Cornel West Reader, ed. by Gerald Yancy. New York: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Dogged Strength within the Veil: African-American Spirituality as a Literary Tradition. The Journal of Religious Thought, Spring-Fall, 55,6 and 56,1, 2000.
Is the White Christ, Too, Distraught by These Dark Skins His Father Wrought?: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of the White Christ. Perspectives in Religious Studies, Fall, 26,3, 1999.
Some Assumptions and Implications Regarding John Wesley's View of the Trinity: The Root of All Vital Religion. Quarterly Review, 18,2, 1998.
Beatitude, Suffering, and Ethnicity: The Gospel Train's A-Coming, in Mission Evangelism Series, No. 2, ed. ST Kimbrough. New York: General Board of Global Ministries, 1998.
"A Curious Thing: The Assault on Affirmative Action and the Battle of the Gods." Theology and Public Policy. 7,2, 1995.
"Nobody Knows But Jesus." The Living Pulpit, 4,2, April - June, 1995.
"Betwixt and Between Neoorthodoxy and Afrocentrism: A Simple Call to Freedom." Journal of Religious Thought, 51,1 1994.
Braving the Masters of Suspicion
James Baldwin As Social Critic and Theologian
PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
Systematic Theology 1 and 2
The Art of Toni Morrison and the Problem Of Theodicy
The Black Theology of James Cone