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.

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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.
Email:
hstocker@nazarene.ac.uk 

MWRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Andrew Kloes, Ph.D.
Email: andrew.kloes@gmail.com

MWRC Postgraduate Assistant
Kelly Yates, M. A. 
Email: kelly-yates@outlook.com

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Friday
Feb052016

Introducing Andrew Kloes, Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrew is the post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.

In January 2016, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh, where it was examined by Emeritus Professor Hartmut Lehmann (Göttingen and Kiel) and Dr Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh). His thesis examines the ‘Awakening movement’ (Erweckungsbewegung) in German Protestantism during the Vormärz period (1815-48) in German history. This religious movement was the last nationwide Protestant reform and revival movement to occur in Germany. His thesis interprets the ‘Awakening movement’ as a product of the larger social changes that were re-shaping German society during this time. Theologically, Awakened Protestants were traditionalists. They affirmed religious doctrines that orthodox Protestants had professed since the confessional statements of the Reformation-era. However, Awakened Protestants were also distinctly modern. Their efforts to spread their religious beliefs were successful because of the new political freedoms and economic opportunities that emerged in the early nineteenth century. These social conditions gave members of the emerging German middle class new means and abilities to pursue their religious goals. Adapting Protestantism to modern society in these ways was the most original and innovative aspect of the Awakening movement. More broadly, his doctoral research examined how Europe’s transition to modernity affected the religious beliefs and activities of Protestant communities in Germany, Britain, and the Netherlands during the period from 1750 to 1850. 

His research project at the MWRC examines how John Wesley's lifelong reading of German Protestant theological texts (Luther, Arndt, Böhme, Francke and the Halle Pietists, Terstegen, Zinzendorf and the Moravians, Bengel) shaped his preaching, teaching, and writing for early Methodists. By using the special collections at the MWRC and in the John Rylands Library, his research will provide a systematic analysis of these figures' influence on Wesley as well as his interpretation and mediation of them to the wider Methodist movement.

He is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylania and is a graduate of Grove City College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Most recently, he has been a member of Saint Columba's Free Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Publications

‘Dissembling Orthodoxy in the Age of the Enlightenment: Frederick the Great and his Confession of Faith’, Harvard Theological Review, 109 (2016), 102-128.

'German Protestants' receptions and interpretations of George Whitefield, 1739-1857’, Wesley and Methodist Studies, (forthcoming 2016).

 ‘The Enlightenment in the Historical Imagination of Evangelical and Awakened Protestants in Europe, Britain, and North America, c. 1750-1850’, Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, 6 (forthcoming in 2016).

‘European Revivals and the History of Evangelicalism: Moving Beyond the Anglo-American Paradigm’, Fides et Historia, 47 (2015), 1-18.

‘The Committee for the Relief of Distress in Germany: A Case Study of Cooperation and Solidarity between British Evangelicals and German Pietists during the Napoleonic Era’, Pietismus und NeuzeitEin Jahrbuch zur Geschichte des neueren Protestantismus, 40 (2014), 163-201.

‘The Religious Landscape of German-speaking Europe and Four Calls for Religious Reforms on the Eve of the German Awakening: Johann August Urlsperger (1780), Emperor Joseph II of Austria (1781), Immanuel Kant (1784), and King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia (1788)’, European Journal of the Theology, 21 (2012), 148-155.

Wednesday
Jan062016

2016 Drysdale Lecture by Prof. Howard A. Snyder, visiting director

Professor Howard A. Snyder, currently serving as Visiting Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, will be giving the annual Drysdale Lecture at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, 1 February 2016 at 7:30 PM. 

The title of the lecture is 'Christian Mission, Creation, and New Creation'.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

It will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com/ntcmanchester.

Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2GU.

Tel: 0161-445-3063.

 

Wednesday
Dec162015

Video Recordings from the Methodist Studies Seminar

Video recordings of about 4 1/2 of the 6 presentations from the Methodist Studies Seminar from 5 December are available at: http://original.livestream.com/ntcmanchester

Note: Dr Julie Lunn's presentation wasn't recorded, and the first half of Prof Michael Nausner's presentation wasn't video recorded. However, we have an audio recording of all of Michael Nausner's presentation, which has been uploaded at: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/methodist-studies-seminars/ The speaking in the first video (Introduction and Mark Olson) doesn't start until about 10 minutes in.

Tuesday
Dec012015

Methodist Studies Seminar, 5 Dec. 2015

The Seminar will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Emmanuel Centre on the campus of Nazarene Theological College. Please click here for programme and further details.

Friday
Oct092015

Visiting Fellow Applications available for 2016

Information about the 2016 John Rylands Research Institute-MWRC Joint Visiting Fellowship may be found here. Applications are due by 30 November 2015. 

Information about the 2016 MWRC Visiting Fellow Programme can be found here. Applications are due by 11 January 2016.