2021 Meeting

The 56th Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society will be held virtually on March 11-12, 2021. The theme for the meeting is: ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today's World. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Joel B. Green and the Presidential Address by Dr. Joy J. Moore, Luther Seminary, will offer our two plenary addresses. The Wesleyan Philosophical Society, The Wesleyan Historical Society, and The Wesleyan Liturgical Society will all hold pre-conference meetings (also virtual). Please make plans to join us for the conference.

WTS 2021 Call for Papers

WTS 2021 Poster

2021 Conference Registration and Membership Renewal

2021 Keynote: Dr. Joel B. Green

Look for more information about Conference Hotel coming later. 

2021 Wesleyan Liturgical Society Call for Papers

 The Wesleyan Liturgical Society will hold its sixth annual meeting on Thursday, March 11 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA prior to the meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. The WLS invites proposals for papers that explore the WTS theme, "Reading Scripture, Doing Theology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today's World." Some suggested topics include: word and table, witness of the church in worship, psalms in worship, world transformation in worship, and narrating the biblical story in worship. However, papers on any topic related to the study of worship will be considered.

 For the 2021 annual meeting, completed papers will be submitted to WLS chairs no later than February 10 so that they can be distributed to conference registrants for reading prior to the annual meeting. During the meeting, presenters will give a five-minute abstract of their paper followed by twenty-five minutes of discussion. This should allow for more substantial discussion of topics presented in the papers.

 Paper proposals are due October 1, 2020 via the online WTS paper proposal form here. Questions should be directed to WLS co-chairs Brannon Hancock (Brannon.Hancock@indwes.edu), Steve Vredenburgh (stevenvredenburgh@fuller.edu), or L. Michaels (lamich@bu.edu).

2021 WTS Schedule coming by December 1st 2020 Below is draft template

Please download and use WTS app for most updated schedule 

Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

March 12-13, 2021

Friday, March 12  (Facility will be open at 7 am) 

8:00-9:00 a.m.                    Registration (Locatoin)

9:00-9:30 a.m.                     Opening Worship (Location) [ APU President of Seminary brings greetings]

9:30-10:30 a.m.                   Plenary Address: Dr. Joel B. Green

10:30-11:00 a.m.                 Break/Refreshments 

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions I

Biblical Studies I (Room)


Ecumenical  (Room)


Historical Studies I (Room)


Historical Studies II (Room)


Practical Theology I (Room)


Systematic Theology I (Room )


Theology & Preaching I (Room)


Theology & Pop Culture- I Evil (Room)


Theology & Science I ()


 *Special Session (Chapel)

12:30-1:30 p.m.      Lunch-- 

                                Meeting of the Executive Committee (Room) 

                                 Graduate Student Luncheon with Speaker (Room)

1:30-2:30 p.m.        Presidential Address: Dr. Joy J. Moore (Chapel) 

2:30-3:00 p.m.        Break/Refreshments 

3:00-4:30 p.m.        WTS Business Meeting ()

4:45-6:15 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions II

Biblical Studies II (Room)


Historical Studies III  ()


Moral Theology I (Room )


Practical Theology II (Room) 


Practical Theology III (Room)


Systematic Theology II  (Room)

Theological Education: (Room)


Women’s Studies I (KCC 1)


6:30-7:30 p.m. WTS Banquet and Awards Program 

8:30-9:30 p.m. (not confirmed) Nazarene Graduate Fellowship Reception (Room)

8:30-9:30pm  (not confirmed) MWRC and NTC alumni Reception  (Room)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

8:00-8:50.m.                   Meeting of Program Units Committee & Section Chairs (Room)

9:00-9:30 a.m.                Worship ()

9:30-10:00 a.m.               Break/Refreshments ()

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions III

Biblical Studies III (Room 122)


Historical Studies IV ()

Moderator: Samantha Miller-

Intercultural Studies (Room)


Moral Theology II () 


Practical Theology IV (Room)


Systematic Theology III (Room)


Theological Education (Room)


Theology & Pop Culture II:  (Room)


Theology & Science II (Library Conference)


Women’s Studies II (KCC1)



(rough draft)

Agenda – Annual Business Meeting

Wesleyan Theological Society (http://www.wtsociety.com)

March 12, 2021

 1.  Minutes

     a. 2020 Business Meeting

    2.  Ballot

      a.  Second Vice-President

3.  Treasurer’s report (2020-2021) – Brent Peterson

4.  Proposed budget (2021-2022) – Brent Peterson

5. WTS App and wtsociety.com- WTJ online

6. a. Update from Wesleyan Theological Journal –Jason Vickers

     b. Journal and paper/article submissions

7. Reports from Affiliated/Auxiliary Groups

     a. Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy

     b. Ecumenical Involvements

     c. Wesleyan Philosophical Society

     d. Wesleyan Historical Society

     e. Wesleyan Liturgical Society

     f. Charles Wesley Society

10.  2022 meeting information and call for papers – Luther Oconer

(March 2022 Duke University, Durham, NC)

10. Other Business

11. Adjournment

See 2019 WTS Meeting Minutes