The Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian Chair of Wesley studies focuses on the life, work and witness of John and Charles Welsey, together with their legacy to the church.
The training of Christian ministers and other Christian workers for future generations is at the very heart of the mission of Tyndale Seminary. Such training requires exemplary faculty who can prepare leaders who are equipped in mind and heart. One time-tested method to underwrite, through a special endowment, the cost of such education is to establish academic chairs.
The term chair is used in colleges, universities, and seminaries to identify a particular area of study which is funded by a special endowment. A seminary might have a chair of preaching, church growth, Christian spirituality, historical theology, prayer, or any number of other disciplines.
Development Of The Chair
Bishop Donald N. Bastian of the Free Methodist Church and President Neil Hightower of the Canadian Nazarene College shared a common concern for seminary training for Wesleyan-oriented ministers in Canada.
Bishop Bastian convened a meeting of denominational leaders, and they agreed to seek from their respective denominations financial commitments. The same year, they approached Tyndale Seminary, which serves a broad spectrum of Christian evangelical traditions. Tyndale Seminary is tasked to equip the coming generation of Christian workers for service to churches across Canada and in Christian mission throughout the world.
The Wesley Studies Committee And The Charter
The Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies is regulated by a charter that defines the academic qualifications and personal faith commitments required by the person occupying the Chair. The Wesley Studies committee is a representation of the supporting denominations and Tyndale Seminary.
Dr. James E. Pedlar is presently appointed as Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology at Tyndale Seminary.