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 36 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.”
This year, the Fellows program includes a Harry S. 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. Robert Haynes is this year’s recipient of a Harry S. Denman Fellowship.
The 2014 Fellows are:
Frederick “David” Carr
David is a graduate of Georgia College & State University (B.A., Mass Communication, 2005), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2009), Candler School of Theology, Emory University (Th.M., New Testament Studies, 2012) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies in New Testament at Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion. David is following the Deacon Track of the United Methodist Church, North Georgia Conference. He resides in Atlanta, Ga., with wife, Maria and their two sons, Isaiah and Joshua.
Robert “Rob” Haynes
Rob is a graduate of the University of South Alabama (B.S., Education, 1996) and the University of Mobile (M.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Pauline Ethics, 2003). He completed his BGTS Work at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies in Wesleyan Missional Theology at Durham University, Durham, UK. Rob is a Deacon in The United Methodist Church, Alabama/West Florida Conference. He resides in Durham, UK, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Joshua and Megan.
Collin Mueller graduated from Rice University (B.A., Religious Studies, 2009). He is currently enrolled in a dual-degree program, completing a M.Div. at Duke Divinity School while pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. His research and teaching interests center on racial and ethnic stratification across the life course and the role of faith-based organizations in eliminating health and healthcare disparities. Mueller is a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Texas Annual Conference.
Jacquelynn “Jacki” Price-Linnartz
Jacki is a graduate of Duke University (B.A., Psychology, 2005), Duke Divinity School (MTS, 2008) and Duke Divinity School (Th.M., 2009). She is currently pursuing her Th.D. at Duke Divinity School with a concentration in the area of Theology and the Arts. Jacki is expected to complete her studies in December 2015. Jacki is a layperson in the United Methodist Church, and lives in Durham, NC, with her husband, Isaac.
Travis is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (B.A., Mathematics, 2006) and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (M.Div., Theology, 2011). He is pursuing his Ph.D. studies in Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, with a focus on Theology and Science. Travis is an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Iowa Conference, and resides in Scotland with his wife, Allison, and their two sons, Peter and Jake.