Randy L. Maddox

Randy L. Maddox

William Kellon Quick Professor of Theology and Methodist Studies

External address: 
0038 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

Wesley, John, and Randy L. Maddox. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, Annotated. 2015.

Chilcote, P. W., and K. J. Collins. The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley: Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises II. Edited by R. L. Maddox, vol. 13, Abingdon, 2013.

Maddox, R. L. The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley: Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises I. Edited by R. L. Maddox, vol. 12, Abingdon, 2012.

Maddox, R. L., and J. E. Vickers. The Cambridge companion to: John wesley. 2009, pp. 1–342. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CCOL9780521886536. Full Text

Maddox, R. L. Rethinking Wesley's theology for contemporary Methodism. Edited by R. L. Maddox, Kingswood Bks, 1998.

Maddox, R. L. Wesley and the quadrilateral : renewing the conversation: renewing the conversation. Edited by W. S. Gunter, Abingdon Press, 1997.

Maddox, R. L. Responsible grace : John Wesley's practical theology. Kingswood Books, 1994.

Maddox, R. L. Aldersgate reconsidered. Edited by R. L. Maddox, Kingswood Books, 1990.

Maddox, Randy L. Toward an ecumenical fundamental theology. Scholars Pr, 1984.


Maddox, R. L. “Reclaiming Holistic Salvation: A Continuing Wesleyan Agenda.” Holy Imagination: Thinking About Social Holiness, Emeth Press, 2015, pp. 41–54. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “A Heritage Reclaimed: John Wesley on Holistic Health and Healing.A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery and Reconstruction of Wesleyan Heritage, edited by M. E. Moore, Kingswood Books, 2013, pp. 127–54. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Introducing the Wesleyan Theological Tradition.The Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology, edited by A. Truesdale, Beacon Hill Press, 2013, pp. 35–36. Open Access Copy

Doroslovački, M., et al. Foreword. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ACSSC.2012.6488944. Full Text

Galindo, M. O., et al. Foreword. Vol. 911, 2012.

Maddox, R. L. “John Wesley – A Man of One Book .In Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture, edited by D. F. Watson and J. B. Green, Baylor University Press, 2012, pp. 3,277-18,280. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Honoring Conference: Wesleyan Reflections on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection.The Renewal of United Methodism: Mission, Ministry, and Connectionalism, edited by R. D. Matthews, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 2012, pp. 55–97. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Methodist Theology.The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by I. A. McFarland, Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 311–13. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “John Wesley on the Bible: The Rule of Christian Faith, Life, and Hope.The Bible Tells Me So, edited by R. P. Thompson and T. J. Oord, SacraSage Press, 2011, pp. 101–21. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Theology of John and Charles Wesley.T&T Clark Companion to Methodism, edited by C. Yrigoyen, T&T Clark, 2010, pp. 20–35. Open Access Copy


Maddox, R. L. ““John Wesley on ‘Patriotism’.”.” Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 9, 2017, pp. 184–88. Open Access Copy

Maddox, O., and O. Underhill. “Untwisting the Tangled Web: Charles Wesley and Elizabeth Story.” Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016, pp. 175–175. Crossref, doi:10.5325/weslmethstud.8.2.0175. Full Text Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “A Zealous (but Respected) Adversary: John Lewis’s Correspondence with John Wesley.” Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 7, 2015, pp. 121–48. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Sustaining Health for Both Body and Soul.” Divinity Magazine, vol. 13, no. 2, 2014, pp. 10–13. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. ““Another Glimpse of the Divergent Wesley Brothers.”.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society, vol. 18, 2014, pp. 99–100. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. ““‘Anticipate Our Heaven Below’: The Emphatic Hope and Abiding Tone of Charles Wesley’s Eschatology”.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society, vol. 17, 2013, pp. 11–34. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “James Erskine's Critique of John Wesley on Christian Perfection.Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, vol. 59, 2013, pp. 39–53. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L., and J. R. Frazier. “Joseph Benson’s Initial Letter to John Wesley Concerning Spirit Baptism and Christian Perfection.” Wesleyan Theological Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, 2013, pp. 60–77. Open Access Copy

Maddox, R. L. “Correspondence between James Erskine and John and Charles Wesley.Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, vol. 58, Oct. 2012, pp. 264–75. Open Access Copy


Maddox, R. L. “Clark Pinnock on World Religions: Evangelical Precedents?Proceedings of the Wheaton College Theology Conference, vol. 1, 1992, pp. 208–15. Open Access Copy