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GBHEM Publishing Ministry Announces Two New Academic Imprints: Foundery Books and New Room Books

Tyrus Sturgis
June 14, 2016

The Publishing ministry of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of The United Methodist Church announced today two new academic imprints: Foundery Books and New Room Books. Representing the rich diversity of the church, Foundery Books are accessibly written by Methodist/Wesleyan experts who emphasize church life and ministry. New Room Books is a peer-reviewed series that offers Methodist/Wesleyan scholars a way to share the benefits of their research.

“As the church’s leadership development agency, GBHEM envisions a new generation of Christian leaders who are characterized by intellectual excellence, moral and spiritual courage, and holiness of heart and life. The launch of Foundery Books and New Room Books is a step toward realizing that vision,” said Ken Yamada, interim associate general secretary, Division of Higher Education. “GBHEM is tasked with tending and growing the intellectual tradition of The United Methodist Church. These two new imprints will help the church embody the rigorous intellectual, evangelical spirit that John Wesley expected of all of the ‘people called Methodist.’”

In November, Foundery Books will release its first title, A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist: The Presence of God for Christian Life and Ministry by general editor Jason E. Vickers, PhD, Professor of Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Vickers is an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, and current editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal.

“The essays gathered in this volume bear witness to renewed interest among Wesleyan communities in this rich part of our heritage. More important, they provide encouragement and wisdom for reclaiming the centrality of Eucharist to Christian worship, nurture, and life,” says Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Duke Divinity School.

Contributors to the book include: William J. Abraham (Perkins School of Theology); E. Byron Anderson (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary); Daniel Castelo (Seattle Pacific University and Seminary); Paul W. Chilcote (Ashland Seminary); John Drury (Wesley Seminary); Richard Eslinger (United Seminary); Elaine Heath (Duke Divinity School); Sarah Heaner Lancaster (Methodist Theological School in Ohio); Rebekah Miles (Perkins School of Theology); Andrew Sung Park (United Seminary); Brent D. Peterson (Northwest Nazarene University); L. Edward Phillips (Candler School of Theology); Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Boston School of Theology); Jason E. Vickers (Asbury Seminary); Geoffrey Wainwright (Duke Divinity School); Robin Knowles Wallace (Methodist Theological School in Ohio); and Edward P. Wimberly (Interdenominational Theological Center).

For more information about the GBHEM Publishing Ministry, contact Kathy Armistead at 615-340-7393 or

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to prepare global leaders for a global church and the world. Every elder, deacon, and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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