Dr. James E. Pedlar
Title & Contact Info
Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology
Email: jpedlar [at] tyndale.ca
Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2215
BA (Hons), Queen’s University, 2002
MDiv, Wycliffe College / University of Toronto, 2005
PhD, University of St. Michael’s College, 2013
Areas of Specialization
Wesleyan theology, ecclesiology, unity and diversity in the church, renewal and reform movements
James Pedlar joined the Tyndale faculty full time in January 2013. He loves teaching and is passionate about helping students understand how Christian theology has developed in response to the challenges that the church has faced throughout its history.
Dr. Pedlar is a Wesleyan theologian whose work focuses on ecclesiology – especially questions involving renewal and reform movements. His first book, Division, Diversity, and Unity, explores the use of the Pauline concept of “charisms” as a way of thinking about the unique gifts that renewal movements bring to the life of the church. His articles have appeared journals such as the Wesleyan Theological Journal, the Canadian Theological Review, and Ecumenical Trends. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, and presently serves on the Canadian Roman Catholic-Evangelical dialogue.
Dr. Pedlar is a pastor in the Free Methodist Church in Canada and he is part of the leadership team at Wesley Chapel in Scarborough, where he focuses primarily on worship ministry. He has previously served in various roles with The Salvation Army, and on the staff of the Canadian Council of Churches.
- “Separate but Non-Sectarian: The Salvation Army’s Place in the History of Wesleyan Ecclesial Division.” (2017)
- Holiness Tradition (2016)
- “O Boundless Salvation”: Save Souls, Grow Saints, and Serve Suffering Humanity – The Army's Holistic Vision (2016)
- Division, Diversity, and Unity: A Theology of Ecclesial Charisms (2015)
- Universal Atonement or Ongoing Incarnation? Comparing the Missional Theologies of William Booth and Isaac Hecker (2015)
- Ecclesial Institutions as Means of Grace: A Wesleyan View of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Church (2014)
- "His Mercy is Over All His Works": John Wesley's Mature Vision of the New Creation (2013)
- Sensing the Spirit: Wesley’s Empiricism and his Use of the Language of Spiritual Sensation (2012)
- Doctrine in The Salvation Army Tradition (2010)
- Episcopacy and the Sovereignty of the Spirit: ARCIC on Authority as a Response to Miroslav Volf (2009)