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 traditions, 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, social theology, and interdisciplinary studies.

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.

The MWRC Brochure can be downloaded here. 


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
Alex Parrish, M.A. 
Email: aparrish@nazarene.ac.uk

Wesley and Methodist Studies


William Gibson, Oxford Brookes University

Geordan Hammond, Aberystwyth University, Manchester Wesley Research Centre, and Nazarene Theological College

Assistant Editors:

Rachel Cope, Brigham Young University

Joseph W. Cunningham, Saginaw Valley State University

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

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 biannually by Penn State University Press.

Volume 8:2 (June 2016): Contents

Andrew Kloes, German Protestants’ Interpretations of George Whitefield, 1739–1857

Jessica M. Parr, Plotting Piety: Religious Spaces and the Mapping of George Whitefield’s World

Linda Ann Ryan, Wesleyan Perspectives on the Education of Girls in Eighteenth-Century England

Steven David Bruns, The Sacramental Piety of Early American Methodists: The Fluvanna Conference of 1779 Revisited

Randy L. Maddox and Timothy Underhill, Untwisting the Tangled Web: Charles Wesley and Elizabeth Story

To view the full contents pages of volume 8:2, click here. For contents pages of previous volumes follow the links below: volume 8:1, click here, volume seven, click here, volume six, click here, 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 via our Editorial Manager site. References should appear as footnotes and follow the conventions of New Hart’s Rules. 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.


The Johns Hopkins University Press handles subscriptions for WMS on behalf of Penn State University Press. Subscriptions can be ordered here. Further details about contacting and ordering journals from JHUP can be found here. Online subscriptions or access to WMS via institutional subscription are available via JSTOR. See also the flyer for WMS with information on subscribing.

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

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Ghana

Paul W. Chilcote, Ashland Theological Seminary, USA

Robert D. Clements, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada

Kenneth J. Collins, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA

Joanna Cruickshank, Deakin University, Australia

Dennis C. Dickerson, Vanderbilt University, USA

Peter S. Forsaith, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Richard P. Heitzenrater, Duke Divinity School, USA

Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University, USA

Randy L. Maddox, Duke Divinity School, USA

Mark H. Mann, Point Loma Nazarene University, USA

Herbert B. McGonigle, Nazarene Theological College, UK

Philip R. Meadows, Nazarene Theological College, UK and Inspire Movement

Thomas A. Noble, Nazarene Theological Seminary, USA

Peter B. Nockles, The John Rylands Library, UK

Glen O'Brien, Booth College, Australia

Isabel Rivers, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Jason E. Vickers, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA

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

Eryn M. White, Aberystwyth University, UK