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Chris O'Brien

Adjunct Professor


I’m an ordained pastor who has served in a variety of educational and ministry positions. I enjoy teaching and mentoring students as they discern and seek to fulfill their vocation. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors.

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Wesleyan Theological Society


“Demonic/Devil,” in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology (Kansas City, MO: Beacon), forthcoming.

“The Wesleyan Holiness Connection,” in The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity, ed. Barry L. Callen (Spring Valley, CA: Aldersgate, 2016).

“A Call to Full Participation: Women in the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition,” (contributor) in The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity, ed. Barry L. Callen (Spring Valley, CA: Aldersgate,

Professional Presentations

“Reading Scripture Together as Wesleyans: Cultivating Christian Formation with Those Who Experience Dementia.” Paper presentation, Wesleyan Theological Society, Wilmore, KY, March 2017.

“Identifying the Missio Dei in Scripture from a Wesleyan Perspective: Reading Scripture with John Wesley’s Analogy of Faith.” Paper presentation, Participation in God’s Mission, Northeastern Seminary, in partnership with the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, Rochester, NY, March 2016.

“A Broader Vision of New Birth: Bringing John Wesley into Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann.” Paper presentation, Wesleyan Theological Society, San Diego, CA, March 2016.

“Reading Scripture with Wesley’s Analogy of Faith: A Proposal for a Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture.” Paper presentation, Graduate Student Theological Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, September 2015.