Dr. James E. Pedlar

Title & Contact Info

Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies
Associate Professor of Theology

 Email: jpedlar [at] tyndale.ca
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2215
 Personal Website

Academic Credentials

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 believes the study of Christian theology is a spiritual practice, because true knowledge of God is transformative and participatory, and never merely intellectual. His hope is that students will leave his classroom equipped to articulate the Christian faith for the building up of God’s people, so that they might more faithfully live out God’s mission.

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 Wesley and Methodist Studies, the Wesleyan Theological Journal, the Canadian Theological Review, and Ecumenical Trends. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, and serves on the Canadian Roman Catholic-Evangelical dialogue. Dr. Pedlar convenes Tyndale’s annual Wesley Studies Symposium, an event that fosters Canadian scholarship on the Wesleyan tradition.

Dr. Pedlar is a pastor in the Free Methodist Church in Canada. 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.

Popular Courses

  • Theology of John Wesley: Renewing the Heart Renewing the Church
  • Creation, New Creation, and Creation Stewardship
  • Theology of Church Renewal: Movements of the Spirit

Favourite Place on Campus

I love to go to the path at the back of campus and look out over the hill leading down to the East Don River. It is a wonderful place to reflect on the beauty of God's creation!

Favourite Place in Toronto

The Toronto Reference Library is one of my favourite places to work. It's an interesting building with lots of study spaces, a fantastic coffee shop (Balzac's) and a used book store with unbeatable deals.

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