‘Discerning the Spirit in the Mission of the Church.’
What is the Samuel Chadwick Centre?
- It is a physical space for study located in the Samuel Chadwick Memorial Lecture Room. It has a specialist Holy Spirit-orientated library. There is access to archival materials on Samuel Chadwick and the Welseyan holiness movement by arrangement and a small, openly-accessed collection of sources, some rare, on aspects of Pentecostalism.
- It aspires to be a spiritual home for all things related to the renewal of Methodism, including the hosting of occasional conferences on specific themes.
- It is an academic research centre that gathers and disseminates the fruits of research in pneumatology with particular reference to the Wesleyan, Pentecostal and charismatic traditions. This it is currently doing via its annual lecture series held each year on or around the anniversary of Chadwick's death (16th October).
Annual Samuel Chadwick lectures
The Centre was launched at Cliff Festival in May 2018 and the inaugural lecture was given in the October of that year by Revd Canon Dr Howard Mellor and was called ‘Samuel Chadwick: Energised by the Spirit.’ This has since been followed by two further annual lectures: Stuart Bell (2019) and Rev’d Ashley Cooper (2020). All three lectures, plus the 2019 Fernley-Hartley lecture which was held jointly with the Samuel Chadwick lecture that year, can be found on Youtube here.
Our fourth Samuel Chadwick Lecture will take place on Friday 15 October 2021. The theme will be the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, which will be addressed by our keynote speaker Rev Dr Keith Warrington, formerly of Regents Theological College, with a response from Dr Andrew Boakye of the University of Manchester. Both scholars bring extensive expertise in New Testament studies, and Keith will also bring his years of experience in ministry within the thriving Elim Pentecostal denomination. You can sign up to attend this lecture using the link below.