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Announcing AFTE John Wesley Fellowship Class of 2022

Posted on : July 1, 2022

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

The 2022 Fellows are:

Rebekah is a 2011 graduate of Asbury University with a BA majoring in Spanish and a 2015 graduate of United Theological Seminary with an MDiv in Theology. Rebekah enrolled in 2016 as a PhD student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Intercultural Studies, drawn to the seminary for their involvement in global Christianity, their commitment to Wesleyan heritage and their confession of an orthodox faith. She has recently served on staff at United Theological Seminary as the Coordinator of the Hispanic Christian Academy and Associate Director of Hispanic House of Study. She is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Rebekah plans to teach at the seminary graduate level at the completion of her doctoral program.

Rebekah and her husband, Benjamin, and daughter, Honor, reside in Dayton, OH.


Jonathan is a 2011 graduate of Mississippi State with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and a 2015 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with an MDiv. He also completed a DMin at Wesley Biblical Seminary in 2021. Jonathan is currently researching his PhD on site at Trinity College Bristol through the University of Aberdeen with a focus on historical theology. Jonathan expects to teach theology and provide ministry coaching for clergy and laity in a micro-church planting network, alongside his wife, Kristina.

Jonathan, Kristina, and their two children currently reside in Bristol, UK.


Sarah Fala Sarah is a 2016 graduate of Duke University with a BA in Psychology and recently completed her MDiv at Duke Divinity School with a certificate in Wesleyan studies. Sarah’s field of study for her ThD is focused on practical/pastoral theology with Wesleyan and patristic emphases. Sarah’s key goal for undertaking her doctoral studies is to recover the integral connections of the pastoral/practical dimensions of formation of Christian character with what is now taken to be systematic theology.

Sarah and her husband, Joseph, reside in Chapel Hill, NC.


Julie is a 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in Philosophy and a 2006 graduate of  Duke Divinity School with an MTS in Theological Studies. Julie completed her BSN in 2009 and her MSN in 2011 at Emory University School of Nursing. Julie practices as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Northside Hospital Gwinnett where she delivers babies for underinsured women and teaches obstetrics to medical residents. Julie is currently enrolled at St. Louis University for her PhD in Theology and Health Care Ethics with a focus on theology and medicine, theological ethics, and perinatal care.

Julie resides in Athens, Georgia with her husband Joe, and their three children, Lena, Etta, and Simon.


Joshua is a 2007 graduate of Governors State University with a BA in Psychology and a MDiv and MA: Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2011. He also has completed a ThM from Emory University Candler School of Theology in 2016. Joshua is enrolled at the University of Manchester for his PhD program with a focus on Wesleyan Missiology and History.

Joshua serves as the Pastor of Adult Ministry at Grace Snellville in Snellville, Georgia. With the heart of a pastor and strategy of a missionary, Joshua desires to encourage the people of God in their pursuit of God that transforms them and society.

Joshua resides in Atlanta, Georgia.


Dylan graduated with a BA in Biblical and Ministries Studies at Waynesburg University in 2015 followed by a MDiv at Asbury Seminary in 2020. He is enrolled at Trinity College at the University of Toronto focusing on his PhD in Theological Studies.</

Dylan also serves in a part-time ministry role at St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto and is an active participant in the local church where he is able to utilize his spiritual gifts of teaching and hospitality. As Dylan looks forward to the completion of his PhD, he anticipates opportunities for a dual calling in ministry and education.

Dylan and his wife, Aimee, reside in Toronto, ON.

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