Courses Taught

Yale Divinity School

(Yale Divinity School website)

United Methodist Polity
2016 – Fall Semester

This course gives an overview of the structures, functions, and practices of government of The United Methodist Church. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts of church law found in The Book of Discipline as well as the significance of the supplementary teachings of the church found in The Book of Resolutions. Of particular importance will be a look at how theory and praxis differ from one another and how United Methodists can best navigate the day-to-day realities of the denomination. Of special concern in 2016 will be consideration of current issues and stresses upon the unity of the church. This course fulfills the denominational ordination requirements for the study of United Methodist Polity.

History & Doctrine of United Methodism
2013 – Fall Semester
2011 – Fall Semester

This course gives and overview of the major themes, persons, and events of early Wesleyan Methodism in Britain and in those Methodist traditions that currently comprise The United Methodist Church. It also explores the foundations of Methodist doctrine and considers the question, ‘What doctrinal, ecclesiological, and historical narrative elements are essential components to United Methodist identity?’ This course fulfills the denominational ordination requirements for the study of History and Doctrine of United Methodism.

Boston University School of Theology

(Boston University School of Theology website)

Modern Christian Biography
2008, 2009, 2010 – Spring Semester
Covering the period ca. 1600-1899 and the geographic regions of Europe, North, and South America, this course undertook the task of giving students an overview of the religious, social, political, and economic developments of the age through the lives of eight significant Christian persons. The life of each person researched and studied in relation to their historic context provided students with a focused encounter with the development of religious, philosophical, economic, and scientific ideas.

Modern Church History
Year Fall Semester
Employing a social historical perspective on the period ca. 1600-1899 and the geographic regions of Europe, North, and South America, this course surveyed the history of the Christian Church (primarily focusing upon Protestant Christianity and Pietism). Major themes examined were: religion, economics, politics, philosophy, science, mass migration, and empire.

History & Doctrine of United Methodism
2007, 2008, 2009 – Fall Semester
This course gave an overview of the major themes, persons, and events of early Wesleyan Methodism in Britain and in those Methodist traditions that currently comprise The United Methodist Church. It also explored the foundations of Methodist doctrine and considered the question, ‘What doctrinal, ecclesiological, and historical narrative elements are essential components to United Methodist identity?’ This course fulfilled the denominational ordination requirements for the study of History and Doctrine of United Methodism.

United Methodist Book of Discipline
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Spring Semester
This course explored the basic principles, structures, and processes prescribed by The United Methodist Book of Discipline. Theoretical understandings were brought into dialogue with real-life cases in order to prepare students for the practical realities of ministry in the church. Students also undertook collaborative research projects that familiarized them with the historic development of the Discipline over the life history of the tradition. This course fulfilled the denominational ordination requirement for the study of United Methodist Polity.