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 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

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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 and Wesley House, Cambridge. The seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging scholars of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research. 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 Manchester on Saturday 5 December 2015. The programme for the seminar is available here. The first 2016 seminar will be on Wednesday 27 April in Durham.

The inaugural seminars were held in April 2012 in Oxford and December 2012 in Manchester, the 2013 seminars in April 2013 in Oxford and November 2013 in Manchester, and the 2014 seminars on April 2014 in Oxford and December 2014 in Manchester. A programme for the April 2015 seminar can be found here.

Call for Papers

Proposals for 20-30 minute papers for the December 2015 seminar are being accepted until 15 September 2015. Proposals of ca. 100 words should be sent to Dr Geordan Hammond at: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

Papers delivered at the seminars can be considered for publication in journals connected to the sponsoring institutions: Wesley and Methodist Studies (Manchester and Oxford), Theology and Ministry (Durham), Holiness (Cambridge). 

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

For enquiries relating to Cambridge seminars contact Dr Jane Leach: jl332@cam.ac.uk