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AFTE names 2015 John Wesley Fellows

Posted on : April 29, 2015

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships awarded to five United Methodist doctoral scholars.

The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising United Methodist scholars who are committed to classical Christianity and academic excellence. Scholarships are awarded to United Methodist doctoral students for up to four years. Recipients also participate in the Fellowship, which includes an annual Christmas Conference where fellows engage in scholarly conversation in service to the Church.

“The John Wesley Fellows program has contributed significantly over the past 37 years to scholarly leadership in theological education and in the church, especially the United Methodist Church,” said L. Gregory Jones, executive director of AFTE. “We are excited that these outstanding people will be supported during their doctoral studies both through scholarship funding and relationships among the Fellows.”


Dustin Benac

Dustin Benac

Dustin is a 2010 graduate of Whitworth University with a B.A. in Theological studies. He will graduate from Duke Divinity School in May of 2015 with the M.Div. degree and plans to continue his studies with an interest in practical theology and Christian institutions through the Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School.

Dustin resides in Durham, N.C., with his wife, Casey. He is a member of the United Methodist Church, Texas Annual Conference.


Victoria Campbell

AFTE_campbellVicki is a 1995 graduate of the University of Texas-Austin with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a 2014 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Theology. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. studies in theology through Asbury Theological Seminary/London School of Theology of Middlesex.

Vicki resides in Katy, TX, with her husband, John and three children, Henry, Mary and Stuart. She is a member of the United Methodist Church, Texas Annual Conference.


Maureen Knudsen Langdoc

LangdocMaureen received the M.Div. degree from Duke Divinity School in 2007. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies, with an interest in Theological Ethics, through King’s College London.

Maureen resides in Greencastle, IN, with her husband, Bryan and three children, Clare, Basil and William. She is a member of the United Methodist Church, Indiana Conference and serves as Chaplain at DePauw University.


Hyemin Na

NaHyemin received the M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical in 2009. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Homiletics through Emory University.

Hyemin resides in McDonough, GA, with her husband, Daniel Cho and son, Elijah.

She is a member of the United Methodist Church, Northern-Illinois Conference.


Austin Rivera

RiveraAustin received the M.Div. in 2012 from Duke Divinity School. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Patristics through Yale University.

Austin resides in New Haven, CT. He is a member of the United Methodist Church, Great Plains Conference.

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