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 traditions, 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, social theology, and interdisciplinary studies.

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.

The MWRC Brochure can be downloaded here. 


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
Joshua D. A. Bloor, M. A. 
Email: jbloor@nazarene.ac.uk

Geordan Hammond, Ph.D., FRHistS, Research Assistant, Leverhulme Trust Project: George Whitefield and Transatlantic Protestantism, Aberystwyth University; Co-director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre; Senior Research Fellow in Church History and Wesley Studies at Nazarene Theological College.

Dr Hammond is currently working with Dr David Ceri Jones on the 'George Whitefield and Transatlantic Protestantism' project, which is aimed at producing a scholarly edition of Whitefield's correspondence. Related to this project he recently completed an essay on George Whitefield's relationship with John Wesley, which will be published in the volume he has co-edited with Dr Jones: George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, May 2016). Dr Hammond 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 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He also serves on the committees of the Church of England Record Society, Methodist-related Theological Schools in Europe, and Wesley Historical 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 

George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, May 2016), co-edited with David Ceri Jones. Flyers with a 30% discount order form/code: UK version, US version.

To be released in paperback in May 2016: John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2014). Flyers with a 30% discount order form/code for the paperback: UK versionUS version. A presentation relating to the book can be found here. Blogs and new stories relating to the book: OUPblog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home, PLNU Spirit, John Rylands Library Special Collections, 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 SupervisionPaul Martin, Kelly YatesAndrew Pottenger, Robert Brewis (co-supervisor), Thomas Sie-Ngiu Lau (co-supervisor), Robert Pelfrey (co-supervisor)

Past Supervision: Pierre Banza, Hunter CummingsKiyeong ChangDavid Stark, Mark Olson, Klaus Arnold

Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk  

Geordan Hammond's CV