Dean Blevins, Ph.D.

Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship and Director of Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship, Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Prior to NTS, Dr Blevins served eleven years at Trevecca Nazarene University as Professor of Christian Education, and also as the inaugural J B Elizer Chair of Christian Ministry.  Dr Blevins has written widely on the subject of Christian education in the Wesleyan tradition. His dissertation on ‘John Wesley and the Means of Grace: An Approach to Christian Religious Education’ has been followed by a number of articles on Christian practice. He serves as editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching.

Select Publications

 'Brain Matters: A Journey with Neuroscience and  Religious Education' in Religious Education 106:3 (June 2011), 246-251.

'Communities of Holiness, Communities of the Spirit', Asbury Theological Journal 60, no. 2 (Fall 2005), 97-110; 'To Be a Means of Grace: A Wesleyan Perspective on Christian Practices and the Lives of Children', Wesleyan Theological Journal 43:1 (Spring 2008), 47-67.

Discovering Discipleship:The Dynamics of Christian Education (Beacon Hill Press, 2010) (co-author Mark A.Maddix

'Emergence as Transformation: Exploring Personal Religious Experience as Promise in Open and Relational Theology' in Creation Made Free: Open Theology Engaging Science, ed. Thomas J. Oord (Pickwick, 2009)

'Living Wesleyan Theology in Today's World' in Wesleyan Theology and Social Science: The Dance of Practical Divinity and Discovery. Ed. M.Kathryn Armistead, Brad Strawn and Ron Wright (Cambridge, 2010), 161-176.

'Neuroscience and Transformation' Christian Educational Journal (Fall 2013).  

'Neuroscience, Wesley and the Christian Life', Wesleyan Theological Journal 44: 1 (Spring 2009), 219-248.

'Relational Theology and Means of Grace' in Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction, ed. Brint Montgomery, Tom Oord, Karen Winslow (Wipf & Stock, 2012), 70-72.

'What has Happened to Sin: Re-conceptualizing Childhood Depravity in an Alternative Theological Anthropology' in Children's Spirituality: New Perspectives, ed. Kevin Lawson (Wipf & Stock, 2012), 60-83.

Further details of his publications can be found here.