Internationally renowned lecturer to speak at Lake Junaluska

Aug 05, 2014

Professor Richard Heitzenrater Ph.D will be the featured speaker on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Friends of the World Museum’s annual banquet.

His talk is expected to be insightful, educational and entertaining as he takes his listeners back to the late 1700s in England through John Wesley’s diaries.

Perhaps best known for "breaking the code" of Wesley's personal dairies, Heitzenrater has lectured at many distinguished institutions across North America as well as Great Britain, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Bulgaria, Australia, Japan, Korea and more.  He has published 16 books, including "Wesley and the People Called Methodists," now translated into six languages.

Museum Friends chair Don Rankin said, “We are very excited to have someone of Dr. Heitzenrater's prominence join us for the evening. The World Methodist Museum represents the 80 denominations in more than 130 countries that make up Methodists, and it has the greatest collection of Wesley busts, numerous artifacts including original Wesley handwritten letters from the late 1700s and much more,” he explained.  “We are so pleased that Dr. Heirzenrater recognizes the contribution of the Museum and has honored us with his presence."

Seating is still available at a cost of $18 per person, which covers the meal in Lambuth Inn’s International Room.  Reservations or further information is available by emailing Museum Director Jackie Bolden at, by visiting the Museum or by calling her at 456-9343.  Payment is due at the time of reservation.

Heitzenrater was recently senior co-editor of Church History, the journal of the American Society of Church History, and presently co-chairs the Wesley Studies Group of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He has been a clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for more than 45 years.

Degrees include A.B., B.D., and  Ph.D, from Duke University.  He is a William Kellon Quick Professor Emeritus of Church History and Wesley Studies at Duke University.

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