We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:

Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President Designate of the Methodist Conference 2019/2020


Revd Dr Charles Wallace, Chaplain Emeritus and Associate Professor, Williamette University (USA)


Peter Forsaith is Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History at Oxford Brookes University. His historical specialisms are in culture, religion and society in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain.
He has made wide-ranging archival research into the life of Revd. John Fletcher/Jean de la Fléchère (1729-1785), Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire, for which he gained his Ph.D., extended and published as a major critical edition of John Fletcher’s correspondence: Unexampled Labours [Epworth Press, 2008].
He has also made extensive art-historical studies of early Methodism, culminating in a comprehensive and critical work: Image, identity and John Wesley; a study in portraiture [Routledge, 2018].
He has also researched and published in other historical areas, including architecture and male sexuality. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Association for Art History and the Archives and Records Association. His career has been varied, much spent in catering; his interests include food, swimming, motorcycling, trains, antique furniture and silver tableware.
You can read the abstract from his paper here.



Revd Dr Judith Rossall, Tutor in Church History, The Queens Foundation, Birmingham
You can read her full bio here.



John Lenton is the Honorary Librarian of the Wesley Historical Society Library at Oxford Brookes University and an active Methodist Local Preacher.  From 1996 to 2010 he was Convener of the British Methodist Church’s Archives and History Committee. His publications include Harold Roberts (1995), Vital Piety (ed 2005) and John Wesley’s Preachers (2009).  He has written much on Methodist history, notably on women preachers where he was the first to upset the previously accepted view that women preachers mostly gave up in Wesleyanism after 1802. His most recent article was on Mary Taft in the February 2019 issue of the WHS Proceedings.
You can read about his paper here.


 Professor William Gibson, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Oxford Brookes University
You can read about his paper here.


Linda A. Ryan
 is a mature researcher with an interest in early Methodism, and more specifically eighteenth-century attitudes to children, education and gender. Her book John Wesley and the Education of Children: Gender, Class and Piety was published by Routledge as part of the Methodist Studies Series in Nov 2017. She has previously published articles in Wesley & Methodist Studies and the Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture
You can read about her paper here.


More speaker details will be added as they are confirmed

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