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Howard A. Snyder, Ph.D.

International Representative, Manchester Wesley Research Centre (formerly MWRC Visiting Director); Former Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary; Former Professor of the History and Theology of Mission, Asbury Theological Seminary.

Howard A. Snyder served for two years as Visiting Director of the MWRC (2015-16) and is presently involved in developing and maintaining relationships with MWRC partner institutions as International Representative of the Centre. He was Professor of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 2007 to June, 2012. Previously he was Professor of the History and Theology of Mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, 1996–2006. He has taught also at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and North Park Theological Seminary, and has pastored in Chicago and Detroit.

Howard was born in the Dominican Republic to U.S. missionary parents. He is a graduate of Spring Arbor Junior College (1960), Greenville College (1962), and Asbury Theological Seminary (1966). He completed his doctorate in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame in 1983. From 1968 to 1975 he served as pastor and seminary professor in São Paulo, Brazil, with the Free Methodist Church.

Howard has spoken frequently at colleges, seminaries, and conferences, including the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland, the 1991 Evangelism 2000 Conference in Hong Kong, and the Mission Korea 2000 Conference in Seoul. He has done short-term teaching in Brazil, Singapore, India, and other countries. In 1993 he and his wife Janice visited thirteen countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, studying the life and renewal of the Church.

Howard is an ordained elder in the Ohio Conference of the Free Methodist Church. He and Janice reside in Wilmore, Kentucky. They have four married children and thirteen grandchildren.       

Select Publications

Prayers for Ordinary Days. Franklin, Tenn.: Seedbed Publishing, 2018.

The Problem of Wineskins: Church Structure in a Technological Age (40th Anniversary Edition). Franklin, Tenn.: Seedbed Publishing, 2017. 

Coherencia em Cristo: El sentido más amplio de la ecologia. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Kairos, 2017. (Translation of the English Coherence in Christ: The Larger Meaning of Ecology.)

The Economy of God: A Practical Commentary on Ephesians. Skyforest, Calif.: Urban Loft Publishers, 2017. 

La Salvación de Toda la Creación: La ecologia del pecado y la gracia, with Joel Scandrett. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Kairos, 2016. (Translation of the English Salvation Means Creation Healed.)

Small Voice, Big City: The Challenge of Urban Mission. Skyforest, Calif.: Urban Loft Publishers, 2016. 

Rooted in Mission: The Founding of Seattle Pacific University, 1891-1916 (Seattle Pacific University, 2016) .

Small Voice, Big City: The Challenge of Urban Mission (Urban Loft, 2016).

Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth (Cascade, 2015; Lutterworth, 2015).

The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker (Seedbed, 2014), a revised version of The Radical Wesley and Patterns for Church Renewal (InterVaristy Press, 1980). 

Homosexuality and the Church:  Guidance for Community Conversation (Seedbed, 2014).

Salvation Means Creation Healed, with Joel Scandrett (Wipf & Stock, 2011).

'Live While You Preach': The Autobiography of John Wesley Redfield 1810–1863 (Scarecrow Press, 2006).

Populist Saints: B. T. and Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists (Eerdmans, 2006).

Radical Renewal: The Problem of Wineskins Today (Wipf & Stock, 2005), a revised edition of The Problem of Wineskins (InterVarsity Press, 1975).

The Community of the King (InterVarsity Press, 1977 rev. ed., 2004).

Decoding the Church: Mapping the DNA of Christs Body with Daniel V. Runyon (Baker, 2002).

Editor of Global Good News: Mission in a New Context (Abingdon, 2001).

EarthCurrents: The Struggle for the World’s Soul (Abingdon,1995). 

Models of the Kingdom (Abingdon, 1991). 

Further information about Dr Snyder's writings and recent articles can be found on his Seedbed site.

Current SupervisionThomas Sie-Ngiu Lau


Howard's CV


18th Annual Drysdale Lecture, 1 February, 2016, Nazarene Theological College, "Christian Mission, Creation, and the New Creation"