The Rev. Dr. James E. Pedlar is the Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, where he chairs the history and theology department and directs the ThM program. He specializes in the study of the Church – especially questions involving reform movements, Christian unity, authority structures, and ecumenical dialogue. He is a Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Second Vice-President of the Wesleyan Theological Society, an Assistant Editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies, and a member of the Study Commission on Doctrine for the Free Methodist Church in Canada.
James previously worked with the Commission on Faith and Witness at the Canadian Council of Churches, and he served for seven years on the Canadian Roman Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue. He has also worked for The Salvation Army, conducting a national research project on young adult attrition and serving as Community Ministries Director in the Quinte Region.
James is an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church in Canada and serves as Worship and Teaching Pastor at Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church. He and his wife, Samantha, have two daughters.