Featured Fellows

Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington

A New Testament scholar influencing the culture

Witherington, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary who has written more than 40 books, conducts seminars to combat Biblical illiteracy and is interviewed frequently on radio and TV.

Dan Johnson

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A pastor leading interfaith dialogue

The longtime pastor of a Florida church led his congregation to model the “extraordinary love and compassion” of Christ in their public response to hateful actions toward their Muslim neighbors.

Edgardo Colon-Emeric

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Working toward “perfection” in the UMC

The Duke Divinity School professor integrates teaching with broader service to the church, perhaps most notably in his efforts to bring theological training to rural Methodist pastors in Latin America.

Elaine Heath

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Teaching laity and clergy to lead missional communities

Dean, Duke Divinity School Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology
The work of The Missional Wisdom Foundation that she and her students founded has begun to influence the heart of United Methodism, she says, as more annual conferences are financially supporting laity and clergy who want training to bring missional vision and practices to their churches.

Joel LeMon

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Teaching students to read Scripture carefully so they can lead congregations faithfully

His ministry at Candler School of Theology helps ministers-in-training understand the Church’s foundational text in our modern context.

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean

A scholar leading conversations on the theology of youth ministry

A professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dean has written several books on youth and the church and is working on another as she supervises interns at a student-run church in Kingston, N.J. She also co-founded Ministry Incubators to help young church leaders turn entrepreneurial ideas into sustainable ministry.

Laceye Warner

Laceye Warner

A pastoral scholar serving as a seminary leader

Warner at Duke Divinity School says the John Wesley Fellowship brings together the church and the academy for the renewal of the church in the world.

Scott Jones

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A Wesley scholar serving as bishop

Jones discerned that he could be of most service to denominational renewal as a theologian. He served as a professor at Perkins until 2004, when he was elected bishop.

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Serving and changing the world as a foundation CEO

The CEO and executive director of the Murdock Trust has turned to other John Wesley Fellows about how to apply Wesleyan distinctives in the 21st-century context.

Wendy J. Deichmann

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Connecting the people of the church with the academy

Having ordained Elders serve as leaders in theological education maintains a critical link between congregations and seminaries, says Professor Deichmann, who has completed terms as academic dean and as president of United Theological Seminary.
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