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AFTE names 2017 John Wesley Fellows

Posted on : May 1, 2017

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships awarded to three doctoral students in the Wesleyan tradition.

The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising United Methodist scholars, and on occasion other Wesleyan scholars, who are committed to a Wesleyan vision of classical Christianity and academic excellence. Scholarships are awarded to 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 four decades to scholarly leadership in theological education and in the church, especially the United Methodist Church,” said L. Gregory Jones, AFTE Sr. John Wesley Fellow. “We are excited that these outstanding people will be supported during their doctoral studies both through scholarship funding and relationships among the Fellows.”

This year, the Fellows program includes a Harry Denman Fellow, supported by funding from The Foundation for Evangelism. The Denman Fellows are a part of the larger John Wesley Fellows program and are particularly focused on scholarship and teaching in evangelism and mission.  Wendy Mohler-Seib is this year’s recipient of a Harry Denman Fellowship.

2017 John Wesley Fellows

Justin Barringer

Justin is a 2007 graduate of Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Oral Communications.  He graduated from Asbury Seminary in 2012 with an M.Div. in Ethics and is continuing his studies in Religious Ethics in the Ph.D. program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Justin is a layperson in the North Texas Annual Conference and he resides in Garland, TX with his wife, Rachel and their two children, Israel and Zoe.

Wendy Mohler-Seib

Denman Scholarship

Wendy is a 2001 graduate of Southwestern College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy.  She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.Div. and an M.A. in Youth Ministry.  Wendy plans to continue her studies in Practical Theology (Youth Ministry Emphasis) this fall through the Ph.D. program at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Wendy is an Elder in the Great Plains Annual Conference and she resides in Wichita, KS with her husband, Chris and their two children, Noah and Nathanael.

Carissa Richards

Carissa is a 2007 graduate of Multnomah University with a B.S. in Bible Education, a 2010 graduate of Western Seminary with a M.A. in Exegetical Studies, a 2011 graduate of Multnomah University with a M.A. in Teaching and she graduated in 2015 from Golden Gate Seminary with a Ph.D. in Old Testament.   Carissa has been accepted to the D.Phil. program in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

Carissa resides in the UK with her husband, Jesse and is a layperson in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

Jesse Richards

Jesse is a 2007 graduate of Faith Lutheran College with a B.A in Religion, a 2010 graduate of Western Seminary with a M.A. in Theology and a 2014 graduate of Acadia University with an M.A. in Early Judaism.  Jesse is enrolled in the MPhil/DPhil Theology program at Oxford University with a study major in New Testament.

Jesse is a layperson in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and resides with his wife, Carissa in the UK.

Glenn Stallsmith

Glenn is a 1996 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a B.A. in Missions.  He will graduate in May 2017 from the M.Div. program at Duke Divinity School and has been accepted in the Th.D. program in Liturgical Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Glenn is a local pastor in the North Carolina Annual Conference and resides in Oxford, NC with his wife, Sarah and three children, Catherine, Maddie and Molly.



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