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 University of Manchester 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 Director at the following address:

Manchester Wesley Research Centre
Dene Road
Didsbury, Manchester
England M20 2GU

MWRC Director
Geordan Hammond, Ph.D.
Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

MWRC Assistant
Helen Stocker, M.Theol.
Email: hstocker@nazarene.ac.uk    



Wesley and Methodist Studies

Editors: William Gibson, Oxford Brookes University

Geordan Hammond, Manchester Wesley Research Centre and Nazarene Theological College

Assistant Editors: Joseph W. Cunningham, Saginaw Valley State University

Kenneth M. Loyer, Otterbein United Methodist Church of Spry and United Theological Seminary

Copy-editor: Rachel Cope, Brigham Young University

Book Reviews Editor: Martin Wellings, World Methodist Historical Society

Wesley and Methodist Studies (WMS) publishes peer-reviewed essays that examine the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries (proponents or opponents) in the eighteenth-century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and studies of the Wesleyan and Evangelical traditions today. Its primary historical scope is the eighteenth century to the present; however, WMS will publish essays that explore the historical and theological antecedents of the Wesleys (including work on Samuel and Susanna Wesley), Methodism, and the Evangelical Revival. WMS has a dual and broad focus on both history and theology. Its aim is to present significant scholarly contributions that shed light on historical and theological understandings of Methodism broadly conceived. Essays within the thematic scope of WMS from the disciplinary perspectives of literature, philosophy, education and cognate disciplines are welcome. WMS is a collaborative project of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University and is published annually by Paternoster Periodicals

*Volume 6 can be purchased now via the Paternoster Periodicals website

Volume 6 (Jan. 2014): Contents

John W. Wright, ‘Use’ and ‘Enjoy’ in John Wesley: John Wesley’s Participation within the Augustinian Tradition

J. Gregory Crofford, ‘Grace to All did Freely Move’: Thoughts on Charles Wesley’s 1741/42 Hymns on God’s Everlasting Love

Isabel Rivers, Thomas Jackson (1783–1873), Book Collector, Editor, and Tutor

Roger Standing, Charles Garrett and the Birth of the Wesleyan Central Mission Movement

Randy L. Maddox, John Wesley’s Earliest Published Defence of the Emerging Revival in Bristol

Clive D. Field, Anti-Methodist Publications of the Eighteenth Century: A Supplemental Bibliography

To view the full contents pages of volume six, click here. For contents pages of previous volumes follow the links below: volume five, click here, volume four: click here, volume three: click here, volume two: click here, volume one: click here

Notes for Contributors

The suggested length for essays is 6,000-8,000 words including footnotes, although shorter and slightly longer papers will be considered. WMS occasionally publishes short papers given at a conference session (preferably all of the papers presented at a given session). Notes and documents relating to important new discoveries in the field and transcriptions of primary documents will also be considered. Submissions should be made in Microsoft Word and be sent by email attachment to both editors. References should appear as footnotes and follow the conventions of New Hart’s Rules (Oxford, 2005). Prospective authors should follow this link for detailed guidelines.

WMS is currently accepting submissions for future volumes. 

William Gibson, Co-editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies, Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford OX2 9AT, UK, wgibson@brookes.ac.uk

Geordan Hammond, Co-editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies, Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2GU, UK, ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

Book review queries should be addressed to the Book Reviews Editor, Martin Wellings at: martin.wellings@oxfordmethodists.org.uk

To join the WMS Facebook group, click here.


AlphaGraphics handles annual subscriptions for WMS. To subscribe please contact Chris Snowden at 44 (0)115 8523602, c.snowden@alphagraphics.co.uk  or Victoria Price at 44 (0)115 8523615, v.price@alphagraphics.co.uk

Order forms can be dowloaded here: for payment in British Pounds, for payment in US Dollars. For a printable volume 6 flyer, click here.

Previous volumes of WMS can be ordered via Amazon, Book Depository in the UK, The Nile in Australia, or other online booksellers.

Libraries are encouraged to subscribe through EBSCO Information Services using ISSN 2291-1723.  

Editorial Board

Paul W. Chilcote, Ashland Theological Seminary, USA

Rob Clements, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada

Joanna Cruickshank, Deakin University, Australia

Jeremy Gregory, University of Manchester, UK

Richard P. Heitzenrater, Duke Divinity School, USA

Gareth Lloyd, John Rylands University Library, UK 

Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University, USA

Randy Maddox, Duke Divinity School, USA

Mark H. Mann, Point Loma Nazarene University, USA

Herbert B. McGonigle, Nazarene Theological College, UK

Thomas A. Noble, Nazarene Theological Seminary, USA

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Boston University School of Theology, USA

Jason E. Vickers, United Theological Seminary, USA

Eryn M. White, Aberystwyth University, UK