The Centre is a working partnership between a range of institutions: Ambrose University, Asbury Theological Seminary; Asbury University; Cliff College; the International Board of Education of the Church of the Nazarene; Nazarene Theological College; Nazarene Theological Seminary; Northwest Nazarene University; Pentecostal Theological Seminary; Point Loma Nazarene University; The University of Manchester John Rylands Library; the University of Manchester Religions and Theology Subject Area; Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University; and the American Academy of Religion. Each partner is already actively engaged in research in this field, and the object of the collaboration is to develop a centre for research with a national and international profile in Wesleyan studies.
Ambrose University is the official Canadian school of both the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene located in Calgary, Alberta. With roots dating back to 1921, Ambrose is a community of transformative Christian higher education–with a vision for the welfare of our city and our world.
As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services. The MWRC is a Related Scholarly Organization with AAR.
Asbury Theological Seminary was established in 1923 as an evangelical seminary in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. It consists of four schools (Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation, Practical Theology, Theology and Formation, and the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism) located on three campuses: Florida, Kentucky, and Virtual. ATS was founded to prepare and send forth a well-trained, sanctified, Spirit-filled, evangelistic ministry’ to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.”
Founded in 1890 with a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, Asbury University encourages students to study, worship, and serve together. As an independent Christian liberal arts institution, the University has been at the heart of spiritual movements throughout its history. Students come from 44 states and 14 foreign nations. Asbury University’s 4 schools, comprised of 14 academic departments, offer more than 40 majors including worship arts, media, equine, education, criminal justice and political science. The University also offers several master's degrees in education, including alternative certification programs and a master's of social work degree. The University also has an adult professional studies degree completion program with programs located on both the Wilmore, KY, and Orlando, FL, sites, as well as 4 degrees and/or licensures that can be completed entirely on-line. Asbury University is home to the Wesley and Friends Collaborative Research Center.
Cliff College, Derbyshire, was founded in 1883 and is a unique place that combines academic excellence with an environment where Christian discipleship is encouraged and deepened. Cliff focuses on learning, discipleship, evangelism training and caring for one another.
IBOE is the organisation which provides support and advocacy for over fifty educational institutions in the Church of the Nazarene worldwide. The IBOE sponsors the annual MWRC lecture in Wesley Studies.
Nazarene Theological College (NTC), Manchester, was established in 1944. It is a college in the Wesleyan Holiness tradition committed to providing a theological education that is both academically sound and practically relevant. Its vision is to help to equip men and women with a sound biblical and theological foundation and with professional ministry skills.
That vision also commits the College to inspire them with a passion for Christian Holiness and so enable its graduates to maximise their usefulness in the service of God, in the Body of Christ and to the whole world. NTC, through validation with The University of Manchester, offers taught degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and delivers two research degrees, the MPhil and PhD, through supervised research.
The Mission of Nazarene Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to prepare women and men to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to offer itself as a theological resource in service to the Church of the Nazarene, its sponsoring denomination, and the wider Christian Church.
Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries.
Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program. Its mission is to encourage a habit of mind that enables each student to become God's creative and redemptive agent in today's world. The education obtained from NNU prepares graduates to be global Christians through academic excellence, social responsiveness, and creative engagement. NNU is home to the Wesley Centre.
Pentecostal Theological Seminary, located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is committed to preparing women and men for Christian ministry in today's world. They are a Holiness-Pentecostal seminary in the Church of God. Founded in 1918 as a Bible Training School which became Lee College and then Lee University, the first formal steps in the founding of the seminary were taken in 1965 under the leadership of Rev. Wade H. Horton. Rev. Horton became the first president when PTS opened in 1975. Today, PTS offers Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Point Loma Nazarene University is one of the leading Christian liberal arts universities in the USA. Point Loma's Wesleyan Center for 21st Century Studies offers an annual co-sponsored scholarship with the Manchester Wesley Research Centre for PLNU faculty to do research in Wesleyan Studies. Both institutions support scholarly presentations in the UK and in America to further Wesleyan research in the church and academy. Founded in 1902 by Phineas F. Bresee, the university has a strong commitment to explore its Wesleyan/Holiness tradition. With its commitment to educating students as whole people, Point Loma has prepared graduates for meaningful careers in fields as diverse as medicine, ministry, education, and politics. The university moved from its original location in Pasadena, California to its Point Loma home in San Diego in 1973.
Religions and Theology at Manchester is one of the oldest and most prestigious departments of its kind in the United Kingdom. In the two most recent HEFCE Research Assessment Exercises it was given the top rating of 5*, which indicates international excellence in all areas of its research. It provides supervised research leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD. With some 20 full-time and 12 part-time and honorary members of the academic staff, it is able to offer students an intellectually stimulating and diverse educational environment for postgraduate study.
The world famous John Rylands Library is one of Britain’s finest academic libraries. The JRL houses its remarkable and rich ‘Special Collections’ at its Deansgate building in central Manchester. This historic purpose-built library building, the ‘finest example of neo-Gothic architecture in Europe,’ has resources ‘from papyrus to plastic’ that ‘constitute one of Britain’s greatest cultural assets’.
The internationally renowned Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC) holds the world’s largest collection of manuscripts relating to the founders of Methodism, John and Charles Wesley and other members and close associates of the Wesley family.
Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, located in Marion, Indiana, was formed in 2009 as a seminary with a practical and student-centered approach for busy working ministers. The new Wesley Seminary model allows ministers to stay in their current ministry setting while attending seminary. By combining team-taught courses of theologians and practitioners with weekly homework that can applied to one's local ministry, the new Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University has full ATS accreditation and has grown to over 450 students. It is sponsored by the Wesleyan Church.
Collaboration with Related Scholarly Organisations
We also work collaboratively on select scholarly projects with related scholarly organisations, including, The Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research and the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University. Wesley and Methodist Studies is a joint project of the MWRC and Oxford Centre.