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William B. Lawrence

William B. Lawrence

Professor of American Church History



Ph.D., Drew University, 1984; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1971; B.A., Duke University, 1968

Teaching Specialties

Historical theology, American church history, homiletics

Research Interests

United Methodism and American culture, United Methodist history and doctrine

Selected Publications

:: Ordained Ministry in The United Methodist Church (United Methodist Publishing House, 2011).
:: Methodism in Recovery: Renewing Mission, Reclaiming History, Restoring Health (Abingdon, 2008).
:: Co-editor, The People(s) Called Methodist: Forms and Reforms of Their Life (Abingdon, 1998).
:: Co-editor, Questions for the Twenty-First Century Church (Abingdon, 1999).
:: Sundays in New York: Pulpit Theology at the Crest of the Protestant Mainstream, 1930-1955 (Scarecrow Press, 1996).

Professional Distinctions

Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, North Texas Annual Conference; member, Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church; University Liaison to the United Methodist Church; former member, North Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and Conference Committee on the Episcopacy; former senior minister, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.; former member, General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church, 1992-1996

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