Since 2009, Tyndale Seminary has gathered local scholars, students, and church leaders for an annual Wesley Studies Symposium. The symposium exists to highlight and foster scholarly work on the Wesleyan tradition, as well as research on related topics undertaken by Wesleyans, with a particular focus on Canadian contributions. Our presenters have included senior scholars, emerging scholars, pastors, and students. A list of past papers can be found below, including links to some of the presentations.
Sisters of the Spirit
Women in the Holiness and Pentecostal Traditions
April 26, 2022, Tyndale University
A Wesleyan-Pentecostal Symposium
Co-sponsored by Tyndale Seminary and Master's Pentecostal Seminary
Priscilla Pope-Levison (Southern Methodist University)
Linda Ambrose (Laurentian University)
The Holiness and Pentecostal Traditions have been on the forefront in empowering women to serve in church leadership. John Wesley’s tentative recognition of women preachers and the extraordinary example of early Methodist women such as Mary Bosanquet and Mary Barritt Taft laid the groundwork for the seminal ministries of women such as Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, Catherine Booth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, and Aimee Semple MacPherson. And yet, women have still struggled, in various ways, to overcome patriarchal structures and assumptions within the Holiness-Pentecostal family.
This conference will explore the contributions and experiences of women in the Holiness and Pentecostal traditions. We invite submissions for 30-minute papers that will address the topic from a variety of academic disciplines, and we would particularly welcome any exploration of the connections between the two traditions.
Paper proposals (max 200 words) should be sent to James Pedlar (jpedlar [at] tyndale [dot] ca) or Van Johnson (vjohnson [at] mpseminary [dot] com) by November 30, 2021.
2021 Wesley Symposium
Video of each presentation from the 2021 Wesley Symposium are available at the links below.
- Joel Thiessen, "Signs of Life and Vitality in Canadian Congregations: Drawing on Data to Inform Practice."
- Christopher Payk, “Prevenient Grace and Chinese Theology.”
- Matthew McEwen, “Ignatius of Loyola and John Wesley: A Conversation About Scripture.”
- Barbara Robinson, “‘I earnestly desire him to be electrified’: John Wesley, the formative Salvation Army and ‘Irregular’ Medicine.”
- Jason Mills, “Virtual Virtue: Exploring the Fruitfulness of Online Pastoral Education.”
- Gerry Mielke, “Christian Perfection, from Wesley to Phoebe Palmer.”
- Charles Meeks, “Recovering a Wesleyan Sense of Open Table Communion for Anglicans with the Help of a Lutheran.”
2019 Wesley Symposium
Audio files available via the links below.
- Marguerite Van Die, “Canadian Methodist Spirituality in the Late Nineteenth Century: revisiting the past, renewing the future.”
- Justin Bradbury, “Nothing Stands Alone: The Means of Grace and Mission in John Wesley's Theology.”
- Charlotte Chung ,“John Wesley’s Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: The Triune God as the foundation and telos of creation.”
- Mike Puddicombe, "Missional Theological Education and Its Impact on the Local Church."
- Nathan Veley, “John Wesley and Thomas Aquinas on perfection in relation to the Imago Dei.”
- Aaron Perry, “Saving Faces: Considering the Tension of Self-Revelation and Pastoral Leadership Through the Fiction of C.S. Lewis."
- Janelle Zeeb, “Purgatory for Protestants? Jerry Walls and Gregory Boyd on Purgatory and Sanctification.”
- Jeffery McPherson, “Social Holiness: The Problem of Dementia for the Doctrine of Christian Perfection.”
2018 Wesley Symposium
- Stephen Lennox, keynote addess: "A Sanctifying Context: Higher Education in the Wesleyan Tradition."
- Dan Sheffield, “A Wesleyan Ecology of Christian Formation.” [Slides from Sheffield's presentation]
- Tim Perry, “Evangelicals and Vatican II.”
- Michael Brain, “The Evangelization of Metaphysics: Robert W. Jenson and the Barthian Critique of Religion.”
- Axel Kazadi, “The Arrangement of Predestination in Calvin's Institutes: A Critical Assessment of the relationship between predestination and the theme of Book Three.”
- Dale Harris, “A Stranger Love: Hospitality as a Response to Homosexuality in the Church.”
2017 Wesley Symposium and Ministry Conference
- Ben Witherington III, keynote addresses on "The Authority and Character of Scripture" and "The Ethics of Jesus Revisited" (3 parts)
- Panel Discussion, "Scripture and Authority in the Local Church Today." The participants are David McMaster (moderator, Tyndale Wesley Studies Committee), Natalie Frisk (Brethren in Christ), Albert Jebanesan (Tamil Christian Church), Wendy Johnstone (Salvation Army), Gordon McCann (Church of the Nazarene) and Steve Ottley (Church of the Nazarene).
- Aimee Patterson, “A New Final Enemy: Reflections on Dying, Suffering and Autonomy.”
- Dan Cooper, “Breakdown in Babylon: an exploration of Psalm 137 through the lens of metal culture.”
- Grant Gordon, “John Newton Encounters John Wesley: The Untold Story.”
- Gerhard Mielke, “What motivated Wesleyan Holiness Women of the 19th and early 20th century to preach?”
- Aaron Perry, “Ethics, Theology, and Leadership: A Review of the Current State of Ethical Leadership and Why Theology can Make a Contribution”
2016 Wesleyan-Pentecostal Symposium
- Donald W. Dayton, Keynote Lecture
- Bradley Truman Noel, “Experiential Verification: The Pentecostal Advantage in Hermeneutics?”
- John Vlainic, “How a Theology of Experience Shows Up in Pastoral Care.”
- James E. Read, “‘Whatever it is which reason or experience shows’: Experience in a Wesleyan approach to ethics”
- Stephen J. Bedard, “Experience as Christian Apologetics.”
- Justin Schwartz, “Objectivity is the Fruit of Subjectivity: Experience as a Fundamental Category for Theology in the work of Bernard Lonergan”
- Janelle Zeeb, “Comparing Arminianism and Open Theism on Theodicy: An Example of How Experience Affects our Preferences for Theological Systems”
- Peter D. Neumann, “Pentecostal Mediated Immediacy: Overcoming Experience of God as Ecumenical Barrier”
- James E. Pedlar, “Experiential Christianity in Canada at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Three Wesleyan Examples.”
2015 Wesley Symposium
Keynote: Kevin Mannoia (Asuza Pacific University), “New Vocabulary for Holy Living in the 21st Century."
James T. Robertson, “For God, King, and Country: Methodists and Interpreting the War of 1812”
Todd Webb, “‘Too great to be forgiven’: James Everett's clandestine war against Jabez Bunting and the Buntingites”
Sandra King, “The 1857 Hamilton, Ontario Revival: An exploration of the Layman’s Revival and The Second Great Awakening.” [Sandra's book on the subject is now available]
Adam Kline, "'Let Us Make Man in Our Image': the Divine Nature and the Narrative that is Its Substance."
2014 Wesley Symposium
Keynote: Michael A. G. Haykin, “‘The Revived Puritan’: The Life and Piety of George Whitefield”
Clair MacMillan, “Creating and Sustaining Christian Culture and Conscience: A Challenge for the Church”
Darren Schmidt, “Methodism Writ Large? Wesley's Ecclesiastical History (1781) and Methodist Identity”
Michael Tapper, “Trinitarian Beliefs and Musical Expression among Canadian Holiness Churches”
Dan Sheffield, “Genuine Christianity: Wesleyan Theology and Praxis in a Multicultural Society”
Rebecca Nicol, “Phoebe Palmer’s Theology: Is it Compatible with Wesleyan Thought?”
Dale Harris, “The Clean Slate: Reading Romans 5 with a Wesleyan Lens”
Leonard Chester, “When the Fire Fell” (on the BIC’s Wesleyan connections)
Book panel: Lift Up A Standard: The Life and Legacy of Ralph C. Horner. James Robertson, James Pedlar, Laurence Croswell, Mark Croswell, Peter Rigby [laurence [dot] croswell [at] yahoo [dot] com (subject: Lift%20Up%20a%20Standard) (contact the author for a copy) of Lift Up a Standard]
2013 Wesley Symposium
Keynote: Donald E. Burke, "Salvation for Both Worlds: Contours of a Wesleyan/Biblical Social Theology"
Barry Hamilton, "The Importance of Richard Watson's Theological Institutes for Methodist History." [see Dr. Hamilton's book on this subject]
Amy Caswell Bratton, "Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism." [see also the book by the same title]
2012 Wesley Symposium
Keynote: Victor A. Shepherd, "Wesley as Theologian and Leader in the Universal Church."
Rick Hiemstra, "Statistical Profile of the Wesleyan Community in Canada." [published version, Church and Faith Trends]
Wendy Swan, "Graced Practices of the Salvation Army."
Dan Sheffield, "Herbert E. Randall: From Canadian Holiness Missionary to Pentecostal Leader." [published version, Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity]
Jeffrey McPherson, "The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley."
Mark Schnell, "Toward a Wesleyan Holiness Homiletic."
2011 Wesley Symposium
Keynote: Kenneth Newport, "Charles Wesley: Priest, Poet and Theologian."
David Rainey, "The Future of Wesleyan Theology with a Missional Agenda."
Rob Clements, "The Quest for the Historical Wesley: An Analysis of the Earliest Biographies (1791-1825)."
Marlon Deblasio, "Conversion, Justification, and the Experience of Grace in the Post-Aldersgate Wesley."
Mike Tapper, "Assessing Social Sin: A Critical Task in Contemporary Methodism."
J. Andrew Edwards, "The Wesleyan Transformation of the Public Sphere: Musical and Moral Perfection in Early Methodism."
2010 Wesley Symposium
Amy Caswell Bratton, "The Story of Christian Perfection: The Perfection Narrative of George Clark and Other Friends of John Wesley." [See her book, Witnesses of Perfect Love]
Chad Short, "John Wesley and N. T. Wright in Dialogue."
Bob Munshaw, "'Be Thorough, But Be in Haste': Impetus and Self-Understanding of Mission in the Early Free Methodist Church."
Howard Olver, "A Theology for Reaching the City."
James Watson, "Social Science Methodology for Multiethnic Church Planting."
Matt McEwen, "Wesley and the Environment: A Sacramental View."
2009 Wesley Symposium
- David Walls, "The Influence of the Eastern Fathers on John Wesley's Theology."
- Rob Clements, "Prophets, Priests, and the People of God: Ecclesiology in the Wesleyan-Methodist Tradition, 1743-1925."
- James E. Pedlar, "Sensing the Spirit: Wesley's Empiricism and his Use of the Language of Spiritual Sensation." [published version in the Asbury Journal]
- Chris Payk, "Prevenient Grace in Wesley: Missiological Insights." [see Payk's book, Grace First]