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.

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



The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre have worked in partnership for several years. In 2012, the centres established a bi-annual seminar series that has now extended to include the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham University. The seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging students of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research and scholarship. We conceive of Methodist Studies broadly and aim to provide opportunities for students of history, theology, literature, art, material culture and other fields related to Methodism.

The next seminar will be in Oxford on Saturday 18 April 2015. The programme for the April 2015 seminar is available here. The second 2015 seminar will be held in Manchester on Saturday 5 December. 

The inaugural seminars were held in April 2012 in Oxford and December 2012 in Manchester, and the 2013 seminars in April 2013 in Oxford and November 2013 in Manchester. A programme for the April 2014 seminar can be found here and for the Dec. 2014 seminar here

Call for Papers

Papers delivered at the seminars can be considered for publication in Wesley and Methodist Studies, which is sponsored by the two Centres. 

For enquiries relating to Oxford seminars contact Dr Peter Forsaith: pforsaith@brookes.ac.uk

For enquiries relating to Manchester seminars contact Dr Geordan Hammond: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

For enquiries realting to Durham seminars contact Dr Calvin Samuel: c.t.samuel@durham.ac.uk