The Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research promotes and supports research on the life, work and times of John and Charles Wesley, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan tradition. This includes areas such as theology, biblical studies, history, education, ethics, literature, mission, cultural studies, philosophy, pastoral studies, worship, preaching, practical theology, and social theology.

Currently the ACWR is a working partnership formed by a number of Wesleyan theological institutions. They are:

  • Nazarene Theological College (Church of the Nazarene, based in Brisbane, Australia)
  • Kingsley Australia (Wesleyan Methodist, based in Melbourne, Australia)
  • Booth College (Salvation Army, based in Sydney, Australia)
  • Catherine Booth College (Salvation Army, based in Melbourne)
  • Booth College of Mission (Salvation Army, based in Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Church of the Nazarene, based in Manila, Philippines)

Each centre provides quality resources for students and researchers in this field. We are actively seeking to enlarge our range of partners throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield.



Nazarene Theological College Brisbane


The next ACWR Conference will be held at Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane from Firday evening to the Saturday evening, August 12-13, 2016. This year the theme is “Wesleyans in Worship” and the keynote speaker will be Rev Emeritus Professor Robert W. Gribben. Prof. Gribben is a liturgist and ecumenist who has published widely in the area of worship including Uniting in Thanksgiving: The Great Prayers of Thanksgiving of the Uniting Church in Australia (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2008) and the entry on The Uniting Church in the Oxford History of Christian Worship (Oxford University Press, 2006). He is Chair of the Standing Committee for Ecumenical Relations of the World Methodist Council and recently retired as Editor of The Australian Journal of Liturgy.

Full details and the Call for Papers will be issued early next year, but  please put this date in your diary and plan now to be in attendance.