Randy L. Maddox

Randy L. Maddox

William Kellon Quick Professor of Theology and Methodist Studies

External address: 
0042 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3589


Maddox’s scholarly interests focus on the theology of John and Charles Wesley and theological developments in the later Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. In addition to numerous articles he is author of Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology, a contributor to Wesley and the Quadrilateral, and editor of Aldersgate Reconsidered, Rethinking Wesley’s Theology for Contemporary Methodism, The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, and Volume 12 of The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley. He serves as associate general editor of the Wesley Works Editorial Project, and heads a project that makes available all of the verse of Charles Wesley online at the website for the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School.

Maddox is currently the institute secretary of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He served previously as president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, co-chair of the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and general editor of the Kingswood Books Imprint of Abingdon Press.

Maddox is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has served as a theological consultant to the Council of Bishops on several projects.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Emory University 1982
  • M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary 1978
  • B.A., Northwst Nazarene University 1975

Baker, F, Heitzenrater, RP, and Maddox, RL. The Journal Letters and Related Biographical Items of the Reverend Charles Wesley, M.A.: Charles Wesley Society, March 20, 2018.

Wesley, J, and Maddox, RL. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, Annotated. July 1, 2015.

Chilcote, PW, and Collins, KJ. The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley: Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises II. Ed. RL Maddox. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2013.

The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley.: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Full Text

Maddox, RL. Rethinking Wesley's theology for contemporary Methodism. Ed. RL Maddox. Nashville: Kingswood Bks, 1998.

Maddox, RL. Wesley and the quadrilateral : renewing the conversation: renewing the conversation. Ed. WS Gunter. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Maddox, RL. Responsible grace : John Wesley's practical theology. Nashville, Tenn: Kingswood Books, 1994.

Maddox, RL. Aldersgate reconsidered. Ed. RL Maddox. Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1990.

Maddox, RL. Toward an ecumenical fundamental theology. Scholars Pr, 1984.


Maddox, RL. "Reclaiming Holistic Salvation: A Continuing Wesleyan Agenda." Holy Imagination: Thinking About Social Holiness. Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2015. 41-54. (Chapter) Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "A Heritage Reclaimed: John Wesley on Holistic Health and Healing." A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery and Reconstruction of Wesleyan Heritage. Ed. ME Moore. Nashville, TN: Kingswood Books, 2013. 127-154. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Introducing the Wesleyan Theological Tradition." The Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Ed. A Truesdale. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013. 35-36. Open Access Copy

"Foreword." December 1, 2012.

"Foreword.": IEEE. November 2012. Full Text

Maddox, RL. "John Wesley – A Man of One Book ." In Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture. Ed. DF Watson and JB Green. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. 3,277-18,280. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Honoring Conference: Wesleyan Reflections on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection." The Renewal of United Methodism: Mission, Ministry, and Connectionalism. Ed. RD Matthews. Nashville, TN: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 2012. 55-97. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Methodist Theology." The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. Ed. IA McFarland. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 311-313. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "John Wesley on the Bible: The Rule of Christian Faith, Life, and Hope." The Bible Tells Me So. Ed. RP Thompson and TJ Oord. Nampa, Idaho: SacraSage Press, 2011. 101-121. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Theology of John and Charles Wesley." T&T Clark Companion to Methodism. Ed. C Yrigoyen. New York: T&T Clark, 2010. 20-35. Open Access Copy


Maddox, RL. "“John Wesley on ‘Patriotism’.”." Wesley and Methodist Studies 9 (2017): 184-188. Open Access Copy

Maddox, , and Underhill, . "Untwisting the Tangled Web: Charles Wesley and Elizabeth Story." Wesley and Methodist Studies 8.2 (2016): 175-175. Full Text Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "“Another Glimpse of the Divergent Wesley Brothers.”." Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society 18 (2014): 99-100. Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Sustaining Health for Both Body and Soul." Divinity Magazine 13.2 (2014): 10-13. (Occasional Writing) Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "James Erskine's Critique of John Wesley on Christian Perfection." Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society 59 (2013): 39-53. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL, and Frazier, JR. "Joseph Benson’s Initial Letter to John Wesley Concerning Spirit Baptism and Christian Perfection." Wesleyan Theological Journal 48.2 (2013): 60-77. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Maddox, RL. "Correspondence between James Erskine and John and Charles Wesley." Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society 58 (October 2012): 264-275. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy