Dr. Henry H. (Hal) Knight III

Donald and Pearl Wright Professor Emeritus of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor Emeritus of Evangelism

Curriculum Vitae



PhD, Emory University
MDiv, Candler School of Theology
BA, Emory University
Dr. Hal Knight

"My scholarship, like my teaching, is an aspect of my calling to ministry. From the first it has had as its goal enabling persons to work for the renewal of the church and the transformation of the world through practices that lead to growth as disciples of Jesus Christ. It is, I hope, a contemporary version of the "practical divinity" that marked John Wesley's theology and practice, and I pray will mark the church today as well."



United Methodist Church (UMC), Ordained Elder


Discipline or Specialty

I teach in the areas of Wesleyan theology, history, and evangelical theology.


Representative Courses Taught

Wesley, Edwards and the 18th Century Awakening
Wesleyan Heart of Personal and Social Holiness (DMin)
Means of Grace
Contemporary Evangelical Theology
United Methodist History


Recent Publications

John Wesley: Optimist of Grace (Wipf and Stock, 2018)

Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations (Discipleship Resources, 2016) [Co-authored with F. Douglas Powe]

Anticipating Heaven Below: Optimism of Grace from Wesley to the Pentecostals (Wipf and Stock, 2014)

Is There a Future for God’s Love? (Abingdon Press, 2012)

A Global Dictionary of Wesleyan Theology (Beacon Hill Press, 2013)
[Associate Editor, with, General Editor Al Truesdale and Associate Editors Karen Winslow and Kent Brower]

Is There a Future for God's Love: An Evangelical Theology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012).

From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation, editor (Eugene,

OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010).
"Charity," "Works of Mercy," "Works of Piety," and "Means of Grace," in The Wesley Study Bible, Joel B. Green and William H. Willimon, eds. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009).

"John Wesley on Justifying Grace and New Life in Christ," "John Wesley's Understanding of Sanctifying Grace and Christian Perfection," and "John Wesley on the Means of Grace," in A Year with John Wesley and Our Methodist Values, Michael J. Coyner, Henry H. Knight III, Sarah Heaner Lancaster, Randy L. Maddox, and F. Douglas Powe, Jr. (Nashville: Disciplineship Resources, 2008).

Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, co-authored with F. Douglas Powe, Jr. (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2006).

Henry Knight