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Joseph Wood

Joseph Wood BA, MTS, MA, PhD (Manchester)

Lecturer in Church History, Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, Study Abroad Coordinator

Email: jwood@nazarene.ac.uk

Learning about who we were is as important as trying to develop who we are.

After completing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee, I came to NTC in September of 2006 to take my MA in Theology. I was seeking to have a year abroad, earn an MA, and move back to the States, but this ‘year abroad’ has now turned into a ‘new home’. I completed my MA and after a seven month hiatus in the States, I moved back to Manchester to begin my PhD at NTC in September 2008.

My thesis, titled ‘Tensions Between Evangelical Theology and the Established Church: John Wesley’s Ecclesiology’ was completed in October 2012, written under the supervision of the Rev Dr David Rainey. My academic interests are the areas of church history, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, worship, Anglican studies, Wesley studies, diakonia, and theology and culture. My most recent publications and presentations include work on baptism, history of the Church of the Nazarene, desire and worship, and the diaconate.

I have a passion for learning. I have been a student for many years and now I have been given the opportunity to help form and shape learners for the next generation. My goal as a teacher of church history is to enable students to see the rich heritage the Christian faith is called both to embody and lament. Learning about who we were is as important as trying to develop who we are. As a licensed Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene, I understand the vital relationship between the Church and the Academy. Consequently, I find myself teaching in the classroom, the pulpit, and the youth camp on a regular basis.

I am married to Kathryn (Kat) Wood who is a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Ashton-under-Lyne. We have two little girls called Evelyn and Miriam, and a half Scottie, half Westie dog called Dixie. We love people and we seek to bring out the best in those around us.