Scholarly Communities

Ecclesiademy began a few years ago under the vision and direction of Bishop Emeritus David Kendall and Rev. Dr. Bruce Cromwell as a way of bringing together Free Methodist women and men serving in pastoral ministry (the ecclesia) while holding higher degrees with a heart for theological education (the academy)–in other words, the FM pastor-theologians. From time to time, there are events for fellowship, deep theological conversation, and encouragement hosted by the Center for Pastoral Formation.

For pastor-theologians pursuing or having achieved a doctorate.

Graduate Students’ Theological Seminar (GSTS)

in partnership with

The Wesleyan Church
Keynote address with Dr. Timothy Tennent speaking
Portrait of Robyn Florian and Kayleigh Clark
Kayleigh Clark presenting a paper at GSTS
Group portrait of GSTS Free Methodist participants
Q&A time during GSTS. People seated at tables with a few hands raised.
Group portrait of all participants
Dr. Timothy Tennant sharing a keynote message at GSTS 2022
Robyn Florian and Kayleigh Clark, 2022 Free Methodist presenters
Kayleigh Clark presenting at GSTS 2022
GSTS 2022 Free Methodist attendees
Q&A time during GSTS 2022
Group photo of all participants at GSTS 2022
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This is an annual gathering of students and faculty hosted by the Free Methodist Church and the Wesleyan Church. GSTS serves to connect graduate students in the theological disciplines with established professors and scholars for a time of fellowship and networking, paper presentations, discussion, and message from a keynote speaker. Students may be enrolled in any graduate program, not necessarily FM- or Wesleyan-affiliated schools.

GSTS is for all Free Methodists and Wesleyans currently enrolled in a doctoral program (D.Min., D.Phil., or Ph.D.) in any of the theological disciplines, or currently serving as a faculty member in a theological discipline.

Alpha Kappa Sigma

Alpha Kappa Sigma Emblem

Membership in the Alpha Kappa Sigma honor society of the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions (AFMEI) is granted, by vote of the faculty, to those students completing the senior year who excel in scholarship, Christian character traits, and extracurricular activities on campus and in the community. The purpose of the organization is to promote the development of character and leadership, to stimulate a spirit of service, and to create an enthusiasm for excellence in scholarship. Election to membership represents one of the highest honor awards given by any Free Methodist academic institution.

For students completing their senior year of undergraduate studies.