Previous Walls Professors

Randy Maddox, Walls Professor 1998–2005

Dr. Randy Maddox earned a BA from Northwest Nazarene College, an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Emory University. His 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 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.

Bill Lane, Walls Professor 1993–97

William L. Lane (1931–1999) was a New Testament theologian and professor of biblical studies who began his academic career as professor of New Testament and Judaic studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He then served for 15 years as professor of religious studies at Western Kentucky University. During this time, he became a mentor to Christian singer and songwriter Michael Card.

In 1989, Lane joined the faculty of Seattle Pacific as dean of what was then called the School of Religion. He was named Professor of the Year by the student body in 1992, and served as the Paul T. Walls Chair in Wesleyan and Biblical Studies from 1993 until his retirement in 1997.

Dr. Lane earned a BA from Wesleyan University, an MDiv from Gordon Divinity School, a ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a ThD from Harvard Divinity School.

Dr. Lane also served as one of the translators of both the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version.

Walls Lecture

A Wesleyan Reading of Romans 7

Listen to a podcast of the 2012 Walls Lecture with Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall, along with a response by the Rev. Tony Robinson.