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.  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.

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 Tennessee (1959-1981), Holston and Western North Carolina Conferences.

2015-2016 Lecture

Date: October 2016
Location: Reutlingen School of Theology, Reutlingen, Germany
Lecturer: Dr. Bryan Stone, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston School of Theology and Dr. Michael Moynagh, head theologian for Fresh Expressions of Church in U.K.
Topic: TBD

Previous Wallace Chappell Lecturers

  • 2014-2015 Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.
  • 2013 – 2014 Dr. Anne Mathews Younes, Executive Director of the E. Stanley Jones Foundation, at Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, NJ
  • 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

General Guidelines

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.