Seminary Hosts Lectures on Wesley's Practical Theology

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will hold the annual Albright-Deering Lectures in Methodist Studies Thurs., April 30. Dr. Kenneth J. Collins, professor of historical theology and Wesley studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, will present two lectures on the theme “John Wesley’s Practical Theology as a Resource for Discipleship and Service”. All events are free and open to the public.

Lectures include ““Holiness and Grace: The Axial Theme of John Wesley’s Theology” at 2:00 p.m. and “Why John Wesley’s Theme of Real Christianity Is so Important to Serious Christian Discipleship” at 3:30 p.m.

Collins is the 2008 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Drew University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.). Collins is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, a current member of the steering committee of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, a recent member of the steering committee of the Wesleyan studies group of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the editorial board of the Asbury Journal. In 1994, he was recognized for Exemplary Teaching in a national competition among United Methodist schools. He has lectured and taught throughout the world. In May 2008, he taught a course on the theology of John Wesley at the Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary in Moscow, the Russian Federation. He also participated in a panel discussion on his book, The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace, at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting held at Duke University. He has published a host of books, exploring topics ranging from Wesleyan theology to Christian spirituality.

The Albright-Deering Lectures in Methodist Studies were established in 1999 through individual contributions and a generous gift from Joseph and Gail Deering of Dayton, Ohio, to celebrate Joseph’s career accomplishments and to honor their former pastor, the Rev. Dr. H. Pat Albright. The lectureship is intended to bring outstanding scholars in the Wesleyan tradition to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s campus.

Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345or for more information.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 380 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.