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by Heidi Heater, a sophomore from Jackson, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College hosts the Wesleyan Conference, October 9-13, as part of the Staley Lecture Series. The Wesleyan program is designed to share the relevance of Wesleyan tradition in today’s society. 

wesleyan06.jpgThis year’s theme, “Renovating Grace,” will be developed in the College’s chapel services throughout the week. Contributors are Dr. Victor Hamilton, Dr. Paul Vincent, Dr. Ken Collins, Dr. Mark Schell and Dr. Steve DeNeff.

Hamilton has been professor of religion at Asbury College since 1971. In 1996, Hamilton was the “Leviticus” translator for the New Living Translation Bible. He has also had several articles published in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology. He will introduce his audience to the Wesleyan elements of Asbury’s theological heritage.

Vincent, a professor of English at Asbury College since 1976, teaches standard courses in the English curriculum, but has found a series of topical seminars to be singularly rewarding. Some of his course offerings include “The Small Town in American Literature,” “The Four Quartets of T.S. Eliot,” “Spiritual Crisis in Contemporary Literature,” and, most recently, “The History of the Detective Novel.” He will be articulating how Wesleyan elements make up Asbury’s identity and the relevance to us.

Collins is professor of Wesley studies and historical theology at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles and books on Wesleyan theology. He is president emeritus of the Wesleyan Theological society and is currently on the steering committee for the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.

Schell is professor of organ and church music at Asbury College, as well as minister of music/organist at the Wilmore Free Methodist Church. He will assist the audience in experiencing the depth of Wesleyan hymnody.

DeNeff has been a minister in the Wesleyan church for nearly 25 years. Currently, he serves as senior pastor to the College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Ind., and is a frequent contributor to Wesleyan periodicals. He has written two books, Whatever Became of Holiness? and More Than Forgiveness.

All services in Hughes Auditorium are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and are free and open to the public. Chapel services can also be viewed on TLC at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of New York. The Foundation seeks to bring distinguished scholars/artists who truly believe and who can clearly communicate the Christian gospel to students at American colleges and universities.