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Charlie Wallace

Chaplain Emeritus; Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • Ph.D. 1975 Duke University (Religion: Historical Studies)
  • B.D. 1968 Yale Divinity School (Church History, Bible)
  • B.A. 1965 Bowdoin College (History)

Honors, Awards, Fellowships, Grants

  • B.A. cum laude with honors in History; Kearns Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, 1968-71
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, Duke University, 1970
  • Graduate Award in College Teaching, Cokesbury, 1971-72
  • N.E.H. grant for one month's residence at the Huntington Library, Willamette University, June 1987
  • Atkinson Grant for research at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Willamette University, July 1996
  • N.E.H. Summer Institute ("Early Modern English Religion and Society"), Claremont Graduate School, 1996
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, Fall 2012


1985-2012 University Chaplain and Associate Professor Religious Studies
1999-2009 Lecturer, United Methodist Studies, Northwest House of Theological Studies, Salem, OR (ATS approved interdenominational seminary program)
1975-85 Lecturer, Religious Studies, Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College, Westminster, MD
1975-85 Adjunct Lecturer, Church History, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
1979-85 Campus Minister, Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College, under auspices of Ecumenical Campus Ministry, Inc., Baltimore. MD
1982 Visiting Instructor, United Methodist Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA
1973-79 Minister, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Finksburg, MD
1971-73 Assistant master, religion and history, Bullers Wood School for Girls, Chislehurst, Kent, England
1969-71 Assistant campus minister, Duke University
1967-68 Religion teacher and assistant chaplain, Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT

Publications, Papers

“On Knowing Christ in the Flesh: Towards a Bodily Reading of the Methodist Revival” Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 5, forthcoming in early 2013.

[Earlier version of above], Paper presented at Symposium on Early Methodism: Texts, Traditions & Theologies, 20 November 2011, AAR Meeting, San Francisco

“The Methodist Tradition,” in The Encyclopedia of Religion in America, 4 vols., ed., Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams (CQ Press, 2010), 3:1362-1375.

“Wesley as revivalist/renewal leader,” in The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, ed., Randy L. Maddox and Jason E. Vickers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 81-97.

“Charles Wesley and Susanna,” in Charles Wesley: Life, Literature and Legacy, ed., Kenneth G.C. Newport and Ted A. Campbell (Peterborough: Epworth Press), 70-87.

Susanna Wesley” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)

“Eating and drinking with John Wesley: the logic of his practice,” John Wesley: Tercentenary Essays: Proceedings of a Conference held at the University of Manchester, June 2003, ed. Jeremy Gregory. Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 85:2 (Summer and Autumn, 2003), 137-155.

“Like Mother, Like Son” Christian History, Issue 69 ( 20:1) Winter 2001, 18-19.

“A Regular Method of Living: Sacred Space at Susanna Wesley’s Table” solicited paper for Conference, Wesleyan Studies Center, Point Loma University, San Diego, 6 October 2000.

“O, Susanna! Our Movement’s `Uppity’ Matriarch,” Interpreter (Feb.-March, 2000), 20

Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

"The Prayer Closet as a `Room of One's Own': Two Anglican Women Devotional Writers at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century," The Journal of Women's History, 9:2 (Summer 1997), 108-121.

“Zealous to Encourage Good Learning Among the Ladies: A Nonjuror’s Support of women,” Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA, April, 1997.

Ten short articles in Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. and Susan E. Warrick, eds. The Historical Dictionary of Methodism, (Lanham and London: Scarecrow Press, 1996).

"Educating Daughters in the Eighteenth Century: Quietist, Nonjuring, Evangelical and Feminist Constructions of a Female Ideal," American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, November 19, 1995.

“`The Adequate Business of our Lives:' the Spirituality of Anglican Women Writers around the Turn of the 18th Century," American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., December, 1992.

“Discovery: A new letter of Susanna Wesley" (with Elizabeth Hart), Methodist History 28:3 (April, 1990), 202-209.

Interview on Susanna Wesley research, Catch the Spirit, nationally distributed T.V. magazine program produced by the United Methodist Church, February 5, 1989.

"`Some Stated Employment of your Mind': Reading, Writing, and Religion in the Life of Susanna Wesley," Church History 58:3 (September, 1989), 354-66.

"The Wesleyan Heritage," in Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience: Studies of Traditions and Movements, 3 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988), 1:525-37.

"`Some Stated Employment of your Mind': Reading as a Means of Grace and a Measure of Freedom for an Eighteenth-Century Woman," North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, OR, October 16, 1987.

"Susanna Wesley: Eighteenth-century Professor of Practical Divinity," American Academy of Religion, Pacific Northwest Region Meeting, April 1986.

"Susanna Wesley's Spirituality: The Freedom of a Christian Woman," Methodist History, 22:3 (April, 1984), 158-73.

"The Feminist Spirituality of Susanna Wesley," American Academy of Religion annual meeting, New York, December, 1982.

"Simple and Recollected: John Wesley's Life Style," Religion in Life 46:2 (Summer, 1977), 198-212.

"The Planting of Methodism in the West Riding," World Methodist Historical Society Meeting, Birmingham, England, 1975.

Book Reviews in Religious Studies Review, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Church History, Methodist History, Albion and The Journal of American Studies (U.K.)

Referee for several articles submitted to Church History; prepublication MS reviews for University of Illinois Press and Columbia University Press

Work in Progress

Antepast of Heaven and Enlightened Diet: Methodist Foodways and Modernity, book-length study of the food and food metaphors in the life of early Methodism.

The Essential Susanna Wesley (a paperback volume of selections based on her Complete Writings, above).


American Academy of Religion

American Society of Church History [Program committee, 1982, 1985, 2013 (spring), 2009 (winter); membership committee, 1984; Council Member, 1997-2000]

Wesley Historical Society [U.K.]

Associates for Religion and Intellectual Life

National Association of College and University Chaplains [Secretary, 1991-96; Program committee, 1995; Membership secretary, 1998-2000; President, 2002-03]

Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, United Methodist Church [ordained elder, 1975, Baltimore Annual Conference]

Willamette University

Religious Studies Department

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.