James Pedlar, PhD (University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology)

Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology, Tyndale Seminary

James Pedlar is a theologian who specializes in questions of unity, diversity, and division in the church.  His work is focused on the ecclesiological issues raised by renewal movements.  He is currently researching Wesleyan understandings of schism in the nineteenth century. He is also interested in ecumenism, and is a member of the Canadian Roman Catholic - Evangelical Dialogue.

Dr Pedlar was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, summer 2016. 

Select Recent Publications

“Separate but Non-Sectarian: The Salvation Army’s Place in the History of Wesleyan Ecclesial Division.” Word & Deed: A Journal of Salvationist Theology and Ministry, 20:1 (2017).

'"O Boundless Salvation": Save Souls, Grow Saints, and Serve Suffering Humanity – The Army’s Holistic Vision.'  In Saved, Sanctified, and Serving - Perspectives on Salvation Army Theology and Practice, ed. Denis Metrustery, 29-41 Paternoster Theological Monographs. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2016.

Division, Diversity and Unity: A Theology of Ecclesial Charisms. New York: Peter Lang 2015.

'Universal Atonement or Ongoing Incarnation? Comparing the Missional Theologies of William Booth and Isaac Hecker.' Wesleyan Theological Journal 50/1 (Spring 2015), 134-152.

'Ecclesial Institutions as Means of Grace: A Wesleyan View of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Church.' Wesleyan Theological Journal 49/1 (Spring 2014), 107-121.

Current Supervision: Stephen Oliver

External Links

Tyndale Seminary Faculty Profile

Personal Blog



MWRC/NTC Research Seminar Friday, 24 March, 2017.