Dr Geordan Hammond, a University of Manchester PhD graduate, has recently published John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2014). The book is a revision of his doctoral research completed at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Gregory in Religions & Theology. The research was made possible by Dr Hammond being the recipient of a John Rylands Research Institute Fellowship.
Much of the research for the thesis and book was based at the Methodist Archives and Research Centre within the Special Collections at The John Rylands Library, with a focus on manuscripts and rare books that shed light on Wesley’s experience as a missionary in the British colony of Georgia. The primary theme of the book is the centrality of the ideal of restoring ‘primitive Christianity’ in Wesley’s reading, thinking, and clerical practice in the colony.
After his graduation from The University of Manchester, Dr Hammond has maintained a close working relationship with The John Rylands Library through his research and role as Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC), which supports research in the field of Methodist Studies. Both Religions & Theology and the Rylands Library have been partner institutions of the MWRC since its establishment in 2003.
Dr Hammond is Senior Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies at the Nazarene Theological College (Manchester) and Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of The University of Manchester. Amongst his ongoing publishing work is serving as co-editor of the journal Wesley and Methodist Studies. He was co-organizer of the June 2014 ‘George Whitefield at 300′ conference.
Further information about the book and Dr Hammond’s work can be found on the Manchester Wesley Research Centre website.