David Rightmire

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Ph.D. Marquette University, 1987 (Historical Theology)
M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, 1979 (Church History)
A.B. Bloomfield College, 1975 (History)


Professor of Bible and Theology, Asbury University, 1985 - present

Adjunct Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary, 1984-85; Spring 2009


  • Foundations of Christian Thought
  • History of the Early Church
  • Historical Theology
  • Understanding the New Testament
  • Growth of the New Testament Church
  • Galatians and Romans


  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Prison Epistles
  • Hebrews and General Epistles
  • Writings of Paul
  • New Testament and End Times
  • History of Christianity I -- Patristic and Medieval Periods (ATS)
  • Nicene / Post-Nicene Fathers (ATS)


1. Books

Sacraments and the Salvation Army: Pneumatological Foundations. Studies in Evangelicalism 10. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990.

Salvationist Samurai: Gunpei Yamamuro and the Rise of the Salvation Army In Japan. Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

Sanctified Sanity: The Life and Teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle. Alexandria, Va.: Crest Publications, 2003. Repr. 2009.

Sanctified Sanity: The Life and Teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle. Revised and Expanded Edition. Wilmore, KY: Francis Asbury Society, 2014.

2. Chapters in Books

“Holy Love and the Relevance of Wesleyan Spirituality to the Academic Task.”  Cornerstones of Spiritual Vitality: Toward an Understanding of Wesleyan Spirituality in Christian Higher Education (262-78). Wilmore, KY: Asbury College, 2009.

"Transitions in Salvation Army Holiness Theology: A Historical Assessment." Saved, Sanctified, and Serving: Perspectives on Salvation Army Theology and Practice.  London: Paternoster Press, forthcoming.

3. Articles

3.1  Scholarly Journal Publications

"The Sacramental Theology of Jonathan Edwards in the Context of Controversy." Fides et Historia 21 (1989): 50-60.

"Pannenberg's Quest for the Proleptic Jesus." Asbury Theological Journal 44 (1989): 51-76.

"Samuel Brengle and the Development of Salvation Army Pneumatology." Wesleyan Theological Journal 27 (1992): 104-131.

"Brengle on Evangelism and the Holy Life." Word and Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry 6 (2003): 5-34.

“Cultural Adaptation of Wesleyan-Holiness Mission in Japan: A Case Study of Yamamuro Gunpei and the Salvation Army.” Japanese Religions 29: 1-2 (January 2004): 65-83.

“Brengle and the Future of the Salvation Army: Organizational Assessment and Conditions for Success.” Word and Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry 7.2 (May 2005): 61-75.

"Holiness and the Ethical Dimensions of Brengle’s Eschatology." Word and Deed 10:1 (November 2007): 23-38.

"Holiness in Relation to Salvation: Pneumatological Dimensions of Wesleyan Soteriology," Word and Deed 11:2 (May 2009): 19-32.

“Holiness and Wesley’s ‘Way of Salvation,’” Word and Deed 13:1 (November 2010): 39-53.

“Subordination of Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology to Pneumatology in the Nineteenth-Century Holiness Movement,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 47:2 (Fall 2012): 27-35.

“Holiness and the Salvation Army: Nineteenth Century Holiness Movement Roots,” Word and Deed (November 2012): 53-69.

“Holiness as ‘Christian Perfection”: Further Thoughts on Entire Sanctification,” Word and Deed, (November 2013): .

3.2  Encyclopedia Articles

"Apostle/Apostleship," "Judaizers," "Redeem/Redem ption," "Union with Christ," and "Works of the Law." Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

"Jacobus Arminius," "Franciscus Gomarus," and "William Booth." Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000.

"Samuel Brengle" and "Gunpei Yamamuro." Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

"Salvation Army." Dictionary of Asian Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

"Sacraments" and "Gunpei Yamamuro." Historical Dictionary of the Salvation Army. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

"Salvation Army Worship." The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

3.3 Institutional and Denominational Publications

"The Wesleyan-Holiness Tradition." Asbury College Ambassador 16:3 (Summer 1989), insert.

"True Greatness: The Way Up is Down." The Edge 2:3 (February 1991): 10-11.

"Studies in Philippians." The Edge 3:4 (April, 1991): 12-13; 3:5 (May 1991): 12-13; 3:6 (June, 1991): 14- 15; 3:7 (Summer 1991): 12-13; 3:8 (Sept. 1991): 12-13; 3:9 (October 1991): 12-13; 3:10 (November 1991): 12- 13; 3:11 (December 1991): 12-13; 4:1 (January 1992): 12- 13; 4:2 (February 1992): 12-13; 4:3 (March 1992): 12-13; 4:4 (April 1992): 12-13; 4:5 (May 1992): 12-13.

"Studies in Galatians." The War Cry (The Salvation Army, Canada). Weekly series May 7 - June 25, 1994 (Eight 1000 word studies). Also published in Die Strydkreet [The War Cry] (The Salvation Army, South Africa). Issues 5675-5682, 1997.

“The Last Supper,” The War Cry (The Salvation Army, USA) 133:3 (March 2013): 14-15.

4. Book Reviews

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. Asbury Theological Journal 44 (1989): 112-114.

Cyril Powles, Victorian Missionaries in Meiji, Japan: The Shiba Sect, 1873-1900. Church History 58 (1989): 407-408.

H. Ray Dunning, Grace, Faith and Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology. Asbury Theological Journal 45 (1991): 121-123.

Richard N. Longenecker, Galatians (Word Biblical Commentary). Asbury Theological Journal 47 (1992): 101-102.

Stephen Varvis, The "Consolation" of Boethius: An Analytical Inquiry into His Intellectual Processes and Goals. Fides et Historia 26 (1994): 104- 105.

Daniel H. Williams, Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts. Fides et Historia 28 (1996): 75-76.

Norman H. Murdoch, Origins of the Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 32 (1997): 219-20.

Eiko Ikegami, The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan. Fides et Historia 30 (1998): 113-15.

Glenn K. Horridge, The Salvation Army: Origins and Early Days 1865-1900. Wesleyan Theological Journal 35 (2000): 254.

Diane Winston, Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 36 (2001): 267-69.

Roger Green, The Life and Ministry of William Booth: Founder of The Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 41.2 (Fall 2006): 258-61.

Don Thorsen, An Exploration of Christian Theology. Wesleyan Theological Journal 44:1 (Spring 2009): 277-78.

John Wigger, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists in Fides et Historia 42:1 (Spring 2010) 97-99.

Don Thorsen and Steve Wilkens, Everything You Know About Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities in Wesleyan Theological Journal 47:1 (Spring 2012): 200-202.

Ronald E. Heine, Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church in Fides et Historia 44:1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 99-101.

Andrew Eason and Roger Green (editors), Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth in Wesleyan Theological Journal 48:1 (Spring 2013): 173-75.


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Wesleyan Theological Society


Theology referee for Christian Scholar's Review and Church History journal.  Wesleyan Holiness Studies Project (1987-1994).  Participant at Evangelical/Catholic Dialogue, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN – October 17-18, 2003.  Lilly Scholar, Asbury College Transformations Project (Fall 2005-Spring 2007). Wesleyan Holiness Studies Project Scholar since 2007.  Asbury Seminary Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar research resource faculty since 2010.  Coordinator of  biennial Wesleyan Heritage Conferences at Asbury University 2001-2014.   Advisory Board for Holiness Studies Center, The Salvation Army Florida Division (2012 - present).  Church Missionary Society Digital Research Project Editorial Board, 2014-present.