Meet Our Scholars
Lindsay Morgan, Summer 2014
Lindsay Morgan is a senior health analyst and writer with nearly a decade of experience in global development. She specializes in strategic evaluations of donor-supported health programs in low-income countries, and has led or supported studies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, and Mozambique. Lindsay previously reported for the World Bank from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Liberia; and worked with the Center for Global Development, a Washington, DC-based policy think tank. Lindsay's research at PLNU centers on the links between Wesleyan theological questions about transformation and salvation, and questions in the development sector of transformation of people's lives through outside intervention -- with a focus on what these ideas might mean for the life of PLNU.
Rusty (Rustin) Brian, Summer 2014
Rustin (Rusty), a 2002 graduate of PLNU, is a pastor and scholar who has served in a variety of pastoral roles, and taught as an adjunct Professor of Theology at several places including Northwest Nazarene University. Rusty earned an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Theology & Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2011. He is the author of several articles, chapters, and book reviews, as well as Covering Up Luther: How Barth's Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus That Haunts Modernity (Cascade, 2013). He is currently trying to complete an introductory work on Jacob Arminius, which is to be published by T&T Clark in early 2015. This project will be his focus while at the Wesley Center this summer. Rusty and his wife Lauren, who also attended PLNU, have two children: Lily, who turns 3 in July, and Rowan, who was born in January. Rusty and Lauren both prefer Santana's (or whatever it's called these days) to Adal's.
Xochitl Alvizo, Summer 2014
Xochitl Alvizo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her dissertation involves qualitative research with emerging church congregations in the U.S. and a feminist analysis and exploration of the emerging churches’ potential to be a post-patriarchal church. Her ongoing research questions center on how congregations understand themselves to be church and how they embody church in today’s contemporary cultures. Teaching in the academy and participating in congregational life are central to her vocation and to how she sees herself contributing to her communities. Xochitl has a chapter in the forthcoming anthology, Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century, titled “Being Undone by the Other: Feminisms, Blogs, and Critique.”
Peter Forsaith, Summer 2014
Peter Forsaith researches, writes and publishes chiefly on aspects of religion, culture and society in 18th-century Britain. He also has responsibility for the Centre's Methodist- related archive holdings, the Wesley Historical Society library, and art collections (including the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Art). Peter Forsaith has researched areas of Methodist-related history over more than 25 years and lectured in Britain and the U.S.A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, member of the Society of Archivists and serves on various Methodist history-related bodies. Other interests and hobbies include antiques (silver and furniture); cooking; motorcycling; reading; swimming.
Planned work while at PLNU (in order of focus):
- reviewing and editing existing text for a proposed publication 'John Wesley: image, identity and institution', also the writing of concluding chapters.
- transcribing towards publication the 1769 ms. journal of Thomas Parson, a Bath stonecarver (Huntington library ms. HM 62593). He plans to spend 28-29 July at The Huntington checking the transcript.
- commencing drafting of a possible publication on the contextual roots of early Methodism.
Ken Oakes, Summer 2014
Kenneth Oakes (’02) is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Notre Dame, having previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen and completing his PhD in theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy (2012) and Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to the Epistle to the Romans (2011), co-author of Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology (in press), editor of Captive to Christ, Open to the World: On Doing Christian Ethics in Public (in press), and his articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Theology, The Thomist, the Wesleyan Theological Journal, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. While at PLNU as a Wesleyan Center Summer Scholar he will be editing a volume of conference papers entitled Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity as well as writing a book chapter on Henri de Lubac and Protestant theology. A proud and grateful alumnus of PLNU, he is looking forward to returning to campus this summer.