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 Director at the following address:

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

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

MWRC Assistant
Helen Stocker, M.Theol.
Email:  
hstocker@nazarene.ac.uk    

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

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Geordan Hammond, Ph.D., Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Senior Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies at Nazarene Theological College

Dr Hammond is currently working on several publishing projects relating to the recent 'George Whitefield at 300' conference. He is co-editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow of The University of Manchester and Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research, and a Member of the Royal Historical Society. He also serves on the committee of the Charles Wesley Society. Dr Hammond would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students in modern church history and historical theology and is particularly interested in supervising students in Wesley Studies, eighteenth-century Methodism, and the Church of England in the eighteenth century. 

Recent publications 

John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity (Oxford University Press). Flyers with a 20-30% discount order form: UK versionUS version. A 15 minute presentation summarizing the book can be found here, and a longer presentation here. Recent blogs and new stories relating to the book: OUPblog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home, PLNU Spirit, John Rylands Library Special Collections, NCN News, United Methodist News Service

Entry on The Radical Reformers for the Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology (Beacon Hill Press, 2013).

Geordan Hammond and Peter S. Forsaith, eds. Religion, Gender and Industry: Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting (Pickwick Publications, 2011).

Entries on Richard Allen, Jarena Lee, John Wesley, and George Whitefield for the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011).

‘John Wesley’s Relations with the Lutheran Pietist Clergy in Georgia’, in Christian T. Collins Winn et. al. eds., The Pietist Impulse in Christianity (Pickwick Publications, 2011).

‘The Wesleys’ Sacramental Theology and Practice in Georgia’, Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society 13 (2009), 53-73. For a copy of the article, click here.

'John Wesley and "Imitating" Christ', Wesleyan Theological Journal 45:1 (Spring 2010), 197-212. For a copy of the article, click here.

'Versions of Primitive Christianity: John Wesley's Relations with the Moravians in Georgia, 1735-1737', Journal of Moravian History 6 (2009), 31-60.

'High Church Anglican Influences on John Wesley's Conception of Primitive Christianity, 1732-1735', Anglican and Episcopal History 78:2 (June 2009), 174-207.

'John Wesley's Mindset at the Commencement of His Georgia Sojourn: Suffering and the Introduction of Primitive Christianity to the Indians', Methodist History 47:1 (Oct. 2008), 16-25. For a copy of the article, click here.

'John Wesley in Georgia: Success or Failure?', Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society 56:6 (Oct. 2008), 297-305. For a copy of the article, click here.

‘The Revival of Practical Christianity: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Samuel Wesley, and the Clerical Society Movement’ in Revival and Resurgence in Christian History, Studies in Church History 44 (Boydell Press, 2008), 116-27.

Doctoral thesis

‘Restoring Primitive Christianity: John Wesley and Georgia, 1735-1737’, (University of Manchester, 2008). Awarded the 2009 Wesleyan Theological Society Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2011 Jesse Lee Prize.

Research supervision

Current Supervision: Klaus ArnoldMark OlsonPaul Martin, Kelly Yates

Past Supervision: Pierre Banza, Hunter CummingsKiyeong ChangDavid Stark

Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk  

Geordan Hammond's CV