The Beauty of Holiness: Worship in the Anglican and Wesleyan Traditions
For God's people, the road to the future always leads through the past. We live by memory and hope which are cultivated in the worship of God. This conference will focus on the enduring character, in each tradition, of preaching, sacramental life, hymnody and the use of Scripture.
- William Abraham, Perkins School of Theology
- Ryan Danker, Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington D.C.)
- Patrick Eby, Wesley Seminary (Marion, IN)
- David Music, Baylor University
- Matthew Olver, Nashotah House
- Michael Pasquarello, Beeson Divinity School
- David Watson, United Theological Seminary
- George Westhaver, Pusey House
Conference Speakers' Bios
Dr. Patrick Eby brings more than 10 years of pastoral experience to his present ministry as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Wesley Seminary. He is responsible primarily for the development and teaching of courses dealing with the history of Christianity. His main area of research is Charles Wesley. He also works in the broader Wesleyan-Methodist Movements in Britain and the United States. He serves as the program director of the DMin. Program at Wesley Seminary.
Patrick is finishing his term as President of the Charles Wesley Society in 2020 and has served in leadership positions in Wesleyan Theological and Wesleyan Historical Societies. He is the author of The Heart of Charles Wesley’s Theology. He is also a co-author of How God Makes the World a Better Place: A Wesleyan Primer on Faith, Work, and Economic Transformation.
Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), a Master of Divinity Degree at Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. His dissertation “The One Thing Needful: Charles Wesley’s Theology of Being Restored in the Image of God” won the 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society. Patrick is a member of the American Society of Church History, The Charles Wesley Society, The Wesleyan Historical Society and Wesleyan Theological Society.
Dr. David W. Music is Professor of Church Music at Baylor University, where he has taught for eighteen years. He previously served on the music faculties of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and California Baptist College, and as Minister of Music at Highland Heights Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee. He served as Editor of The Hymn, the journal of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (1990-1996) and was named a Fellow of the society in 2010. He also served as President of the Baptist Church Music Conference (2001-2002), and as a committee chair for two different hymnal projects, Baptist Hymnal (1991) and Celebrating Grace (2010). His publications have centered primarily on hymnody, choral music, and the history of American sacred music, and include the books Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings, Instruments in Church, Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America, and a forthcoming book on hymns by Isaac Watts, as well as several co-authored volumes. His articles have appeared in American Music, Current Musicology, The Hymn, the Journal of the Society for American Music, and other periodicals.
The Rev. Dr. Matthew S.C. Olver is Assistant Professor of Liturgics and Pastoral Theology and Director of St. Mary’s Chapel at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2014, and a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. His main research areas are in Anglican liturgical and sacramental theology, patristic sacramental theology, and the development of early eucharistic prayers, especially in the Latin West, and their use of Scripture. Before moving to Wisconsin, he was the Assistant Rector at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, for seven years. He has a Ph.D. in systematic and liturgical theology from Marquette University, an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School, and a B.A. in literature from Wheaton College (IL). He is married to Kristen, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), and they have two children. He assists at the Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc, and was a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA) from 2006-2014, which produced Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment. He is a regular contributor to Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church, as well as PrayTell, the blog published by Liturgical Press, and has published in The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, the Anglican Theological Review, Nova et Vetera, Antiphon, and Studia Liturgica.
Dr. Michael Pasquarello began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps before moving out of military life to answer the call to pastoral ministry. After graduation from Duke Divinity School, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church, serving in pastoral ministry for 18 years in North Carolina with congregations in urban, suburban and small town settings that were small to large in size and diverse in missional vision and commitment. He completed his Ph.D. with a focus on the history of preaching in relation to biblical interpretation, doctrine, worship, pastoral ministry, spirituality and the moral life. Prior to joining the faculty of Beeson Divinity School, Pasquarello was Granger E. and Anna A. Fisher Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary (2001 - 2015) and Lloyd J. Ogilvie Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary (2015 – 2018). From 2007-2010, he directed a John Templeton Foundation grant, “Science for Ministry,” which hosted three yearly conferences for assisting pastors to understand better how to address matters related to faith and science in ministry. His most recent publications include Dietrich: Bonhoeffer and a Theology of the Preaching Life (Baylor University Press, 2017) and The Beauty of Preaching (Eerdmans, forthcoming), which provides a vision of preaching from the perspective of theological aesthetics. Mike and his wife, Patti, a nurse educator, have four grown children, an exuberant Boston Terrier named Bella and a laid back King Charles Cavalier Spaniel/Border Collie mix named Bonnie.
Dr. David F. Watson is Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has authored or edited a number of publications, including Key United Methodist Beliefs (with William J. Abraham) and Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture (edited with Joel B. Green). His most recent book is Scripture and the Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Today More than Ever (Seedbed, 2017). He blogs at www.davidfwatson.me, and he is one of the hosts of “Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast.” Dr. Watson is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and he also serves on the leadership council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. He is married to Harriet, and they have two sons, Luke and Sean.
George Westhaver is the Principal of Pusey House, a fellow of St. Cross College, and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. Westhaver came to Pusey House and St. Cross in 2013. He conducted his doctoral research at the University of Durham under the supervision of Professor Andrew Louth on E. B. Pusey’s unpublished lectures, "Types and Prophecies of the Old Testament." His research interests include E. B. Pusey and the Oxford Movement, the allegorical interpretation of the Bible and the artistic expression of Christian doctrine. As part of this interest he has helped to design the new stained glass windows in the Chapel of the Ascension at the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas.
Westhaver was ordained deacon and later priest to serve in Cambridge in the Diocese of Ely. He was Chaplain at Lincoln College and Assistant Minister at St. Michael at the North Gate, and from 2007-2013 the Rector of St. George’s Round Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Westhaver grew up near Halifax, Nova Scotia. He studied philosophy and anthropology at McGill University, Montreal, and International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He then attended Wycliffe College, Toronto, from which he has a Master of Divinity degree.
Westhaver also contributed the chapter on ‘Mysticism and Sacramentalism in the Oxford Movement’ in the recent Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement (2017).