The Foundation for Evangelism supports the Wallace Chappell Lectures at United Methodist seminaries or related institutions to enable the selected institution to bring to its campus a national or international leader in evangelism for a series of inspirational lectures and classroom appearances.
These lectures are funded by an endowment gift from The Wallace Chappell Ministries, Inc., through The Foundation for Evangelism in honor of Wallace and Mary Frances Chappell. Wallace Chappell was an effective and distinguished pastor and evangelist serving churches in the Holston and Western North Carolina Conferences.
Location: Drew Theological Seminary
Lecturer: Dr. Anne Matthew-Younes
Topic: The Theology of E. Stanley Jones and His Relationship with Mahatma Gandhi
The first Wallace Chappell lecture was held at Emory University in April 2002 and was delivered by Dr. James Buskirk, retired pastor of Tulsa First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The most recent lecture was delivered at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, by Dr. Elaine Heath, McCreless Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Perkins, and Rev. Jeff Kirby of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.
Previous Wallace Chappell Lecturers
- 2012 Fall Dr. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Topic - Who Am I? Making Christ Relevant for Today’s 18-35 Year Old
- 2012 Spring Professor Dana Robert of Boston School of Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.
Topic - The Trajectory of Missional Christianity: 1910-2010
- 2010-11 Dr. Elaine Heath and Rev. Jeff Kirby at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas
Topic – Good News, Gender, and Disciple Formation
- 2009 Dr. Laceye Warner at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.
Topic – Witnessing Church: Christian Evangelism in Communities of Faith
- 2008 Dr. Bryan Stone at Garrett Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Ill.
Topic – Progressive and Evangelical in a Post-Christian Society
- 2007 Dr. Brian McLaren at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.
Topic – Meeting the Needs of the Postmodern Christian
- 2005 Dr. Paul Chilcote at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Topic – The Integral Nature of Worship and Evangelism: Insights from the Wesleyan Tradition
- 2003 Dr. Hal Knight at Garrett Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Ill.
Topic – The Promise of Holiness in a Postmodern Age
- 2002 Dr. James Buskirk at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Topic – Celebrating the Great Commission in a Local Church
The following are the general guidelines for these lectures:
- The primary target audience for the lectures is future and current United Methodist pastors.
- Ideally, the lecturer will give two or more lectures while on campus even though there may be one main lecture.
- Time should be included in the schedule for the lecturer to interact with students (could be in classes or small group settings).
To submit a proposal letter for the Wallace Chappell Lecture, please include the following:
- The theme of the lectures (if determined)
- The name and qualifications of the proposed lecturer
- An approximate date for the lecture
- The target audiences for the lectures
- How the lectures will be promoted
- The budget for the lectures including any costs that the host institution will assume.
Grants are awarded for an academic year. To learn more, receive the current grant application deadline, or begin the application process, please contact the Foundation at (800) 737-8333.