Welcome to the MWRC

The Manchester Wesley Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.

The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.

Contact Us

If you are interested in further information about the Wesley Centre and its programmes, or would like to be placed on the mailing list for information about forthcoming events, please contact the Visiting Director at the following address:

Manchester Wesley Research Centre
Dene Road
Didsbury, Manchester
England M20 2GU

MWRC Visiting Director
Howard A. Snyder, Ph.D.
Email: howard.snyder@asburyseminary.edu 

MWRC Co-Director
Geordan Hammond, Ph.D.
Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

MWRC Assistant
Helen Stocker, M.Theol.

MWRC Postgraduate Assistant
Kelly Yates, M.A.
Email: kelly.yates-2@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk


Dr. Howard Snyder to be visiting director for Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Nazarene Theological College (NTC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Howard Snyder, professor of history and theology of mission at Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006), will step in as visiting director for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre until January 2017.

Snyder is taking on primary leadership of the MWRC from Dr. Geordan Hammond, current director, who will have a reduced role with the centre for two years in order to pursue research on George Whitefield’s correspondence.

Snyder was professor of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto from 2007 to 2012, and has explored Wesley’s perspective of creation care and other areas of Wesleyan theology. He is the author of The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker and other books.

“Howard Snyder is a pre-eminent Wesley studies scholar and a really phenomenal churchman, so he’s spent a lot of his life thinking about and helping Wesleyans shape the Church for today,” said Deirdre Brower Latz, principal of NTC. “He’s a kind of prophetic scholar. To have him … consenting to be the visiting director is wonderful.”

As the primary leader of the centre, Snyder will work with two administrative assistants to carry out the day-to-day work of the centre, as well as plan events and work with the centre’s 11 partner institutions.

Now retired, Snyder writes from his home in Wilmore, Kentucky, U.S., and serves as a research supervisor for NTC. Taking on leadership for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre fits his lifelong interest in Wesley studies.

“I was well aware Manchester was a major centre for Wesley studies with the John Rylands library there,” he said. “I‘m looking forward to getting more acquainted with the John Rylands and NTC.”

“I have a long interest in church renewal and revival, so I’m interested not only academically but in terms of practical things the Church can learn and needs today from Wesley and early Methodism. I was raised in the Free Methodist Church, of which I'm still a member. I have a lot of interest not only in early Methodism, but also in the holiness movement and movements with roots in Methodism and the Wesleyan witness, including the Church of the Nazarene and some Pentecostal and Charismatic groups.”

Hammond is pleased that Snyder agreed to the role.

“He’s widely known as a respected voice amongst Wesleyan scholars and ministers, who speaks effectively to academics, ministers, and laypeople. I look forward to seeing how the centre develops under his leadership.”

Snyder has also served as Professor of History and Theology of Mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (1996-2006), where he still teaches or lectures occasionally, and has pastored in Chicago, Detroit, and São Paulo. He has published a number of books.



MWRC Visiting Fellowship

The MWRC invites applications for our summer 2015 Visiting Fellow Programme. In addition to accommodation, we are now offering a modest weekly stipend to the fellowship recipient. Applications are due by 31 January. Details about the programme can be found at: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/visiting-fellows/ 


Academic Post at Nazarene Theological College

Nazarene Theological College (Manchester, UK) is currently accepting applications for an academic post. The post is open to candidates with specialism in Church History, Historical Theology, Theology or a combination of the three (closing date: 12 Jan. 2015). For details visit the NTC website.


John Rylands Research Institute-MWRC Joint Visiting Fellowship 

The MWRC is pleased to announce the launch of a new Joint Visiting Fellowship with the John Rylands Research Institute aimed to promote research in the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions. The Fellowship offers accommodation and a stipend for up to six weeks. Applications for the summer 2015 Fellowship are due by 15 December. Full details can be found at: http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/opportunities/manchester-wesley-research/


Congratulations to 2013-14 Graduates 

The MWRC would like to congratulate Junior Fellows who completed their doctorates at The University of Manchester/Nazarene Theological College during the 2013-14 academic year. In Wesley Studies and Theology: Hunter Cummings, Christine Johnson, Josh McNall, and Jerome Van Kuiken; and and in Biblical Studies: Chris Foster. Click here for details about their work.