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.

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

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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.


Methodist Studies Seminar 

The next Methodist Studies Seminar will take place on Saturday 5 December 2015 on the campus of Nazarene Theological College. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 15 September 2015.


Seminar for Visiting Fellows 13 July 2015


Cindy Aalders, D.Phil., visiting fellow, 'When I was a little child': Childhood, memory, and eighteenth-century Methodism'

Robert Gailey, Ph.D., visiting fellow and Deirdre Brower Latz, Ph.D., Principal of Nazarene Theological College, 'A Wesleyan Theology of Compassion'

2:00 PM, Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester

Emmanuel Centre Room E3.


The Eighth Annual Manchester Wesley Research Centre Colloquium 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Glen O’Brien, PhD: ‘John Wesley’s Political Writings: A Global History Approach’

Phil Hamner: ‘The Doctrine of Revelation and Canonical Theism’

Maximilian Hölzl: ‘John Bunyan in his Puritan-Nonconformist Background’

Richard Saunders-Hindley: “‘The Beginning of Heaven”: Wesleyan Expressions of Covenant, Holiness and God’s Eternal Purpose’

Thomas Lau: ‘“You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength!”—The Theological Influences of Uldine Mabelle Utley on John Sung in 1926’

Nazarene Theological College Emmanuel Centre (free entry)

Free lunch will be provided for those who book a place by 14 June by sending an email to:


Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2GU. Tel: 0161-445-3063.


Visiting Fellows 2015

The following have been appointed as visiting fellows for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre for 2015.

Carol Blessing, Ph.D, from Point Loma Nazarene University continued her research on Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth and presented a paper at the Methodist Studies Seminary at Oxford in April.

Robert Gailey, Ph.D., from Point Loma Nazarene University will be working on a chapter in a book he is co-authoring with Dr Deirdre Brower Latz on compassionate ministries.

David Bundy, Ph.D., will be researching 'The British Roots of the Korean and Japanese Holiness Churches'

Cindy Aalders, D.Phil., from Lincoln College, Oxford, will be researching the Methodist child in eighteeth-century England.

Glen O'Brien, Ph.D., from Booth College, Sydney College of Divinity, is planning to research John Wesley's political writings.