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AFTE Names 2020 John Wesley Fellows

Posted on : May 15, 2020

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to five doctoral students.

The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising scholars in the Wesleyan tradition who are committed to the classical Christian faith, a robust Wesleyan understanding of Christian doctrine, and spiritual renewal of the Church and its people in service to the world.  Scholarships are awarded to doctoral students to help them complete their studies. Recipients also participate in the Fellowship, which includes an annual Christmas Conference where fellows engage in scholarly conversation in service to the Church.

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 missions.  Andrew Kinsey is this year’s recipient of a Harry S. Denman Fellowship.

The 2020 Fellows are:

Andrew Kinsey
Denman Fellow

2020 Harry Denman Fellow:
Andy is a 1985 graduate of the University of Evansville with a BA in theology and a 1988 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University with an
M.Div. in theology. He completed a post-seminary fellowship at the University of Gottingen in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1988 and is also a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, receiving his Doctor of Ministry in 2000. Andy is enrolled at Durham University in Durham, England focusing on his Ph.D in practical theology and theological education.

Andrew and his wife, Peggy, reside in Franklin, Indiana. Andrew is an elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist church and is the senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Indiana.


Brent Lyons

Brent is a 1999 graduate of Texas Tech University with a BA in computer science and a 2016 graduate of Biola University with an M.Div. in science and religion. He is currently enrolled in his D. Phil. studies at Oxford University with a focus on philosophical theology and counseling. Brent works in the counseling field and will complete his master’s degree in counseling in parallel with his doctoral studies.

Brent resides in Oxford, England, with his wife, Ana, and children, Benjamin and Elisa. Brent is a member of the St. Barnabas Anglican Church.


Lane Davis

Lane is a 1999 graduate of Huntingdon College with a BA in religion and philosophy and a 2009 graduate of Harvard Divinity School with an M.Div. degree in history. Lane is currently enrolled at Southern Methodist University doctoral program and concentrating on American church history in the 19th and 20th century as his major field of study.

Lane and his wife, Elissa, reside in Fort Worth, Texas with their son, Jude. He is a member of Aledo UMC and an ordained elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Shannon Sigler

Shannon is a 2001 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a BA degree in Speech Pathology and a 2007 graduate of Asbury Theological University with a M.Div. degree in theology and the arts. She is currently enrolled at the University of Manchester/Nazarene Theological College with a focus on Theological Aesthetics. Shannon also serves as the Executive Director at Brehm Center at Fuller Seminary where she leads the program in the integration of theology, worship and the arts.

Shannon resides in Edmonds, Washington with her husband, Matt and son, Elijah.


Winfield Bevins

Winfield is a 1998 graduate of Lee University with a BS degree in Pastoral Ministry and a 2002 graduate of Church of God Theological Seminary with a M.Div. degree in historical theology. Winfield also earned his Doctorate in Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary in 2010. Winfield is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen focusing on historical theology.

Winfield is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary and serves as an Affiliate Professor of Worship and Mission at the seminary.

Winfield and his wife, Kay, reside in Wilmore, Kentucky with their three children, Elizabet h, Anna Bell, and Caroline. He is a member of the Apostles Anglican Church.

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