Michael J. Coyner is the resident Bishop of the Indiana Area of the United Methodist Church, and he has served as President of the Board of Discipleship for the 2005-2008 quadrennium. He has earned degrees from Purdue University (B.A.), Duke Divinity School (M. Div.), and Drew Theological School (D. Min.), along with honorary doctoral degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University and Evansville (Indiana) University. After serving as a clergy member of the North Indiana Conference, he was elected a bishop in 1996 and assigned for two terms to the Dakotas Area (1996-2004), before being assigned to the Indiana Area. He is the author of several articles and three books published by Abingdon: Making a Good Move (1999), Prairie Wisdom (2000), and The Race to Reach Out (2004).
Henry H. Knight III is Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Ph. D. from Emory University in Theological Studies. He is author of The Presence of God in the Christian Life: John Wesley and the Means of Grace, A Future for Truth: Evangelical Theology in a Postmodern World, Eight Life-Enriching Practices of United Methodists, co-author with Don E. Saliers of The Conversation Matters: Why United Methodists Should Talk with One Another, and co-author with F. Douglas Powe of Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith (Discipleship Resources).
Sarah Heaner Lancaster is Professor of Theology at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She received her B.A. degree at Rice University, her M.Div. at Perkins School of Theology, and her Ph.D. in the Graduate Program of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. She is a clergy member of the North Texas Conference. She is the author of Women and the Authority of Scripture: A Narrative Approach, and she has written several articles in Wesleyan Studies. She is one of the theological editors for the upcoming Wesley Studies Bible.
Randy L. Maddox is Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Divinity School, Duke University. He holds the B.A. degree from Northwest Nazarene College, the M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University, and is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Maddox is the author of Responsible Grace: John Wesleys Practical Theology, a contributor to Wesley and the Quadrilateral, and editor of Aldersgate Reconsidered and Rethinking Wesleys Theology for Contemporary Methodism.
F. Douglas Powe, Jr., is Associate Professor of Evangelism, holding the E. Stanley Jones Chair, at Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri. His Ph.D. is from Emory University. He is a local pastor in the Heartland Central District of the Missouri Conference. He is the co-author (with Henry H. Knight III) of Transforming Evangelism: A Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith (2006); and a contributor to Companion to Africana Worship and God Delivers Me: A Model for Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century (2008 forthcoming).