Paul W. Chilcote, PhD

Paul W. Chilcote, PhD

Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies

Dr. Chilcote is a gifted and gentle teacher, and the classroom has always been his most passionate context. He is a pastor at heart, listening to others, caring for them, providing spiritual guidance and pointing them to Christ. This spirit also pervades his work as Academic Dean and as an accomplished author. In particular, Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit is a book that has touched many lives, and Dr. Chilcote often gets feedback from folks who say they met God while praying through the books' prayers.

One of the most critical spiritual turning points in Dr. Chilcote's life was during college, when he was struggling with a call to ministry. He distinctly remembers an Advent series of services at Valparaiso University that brought confirmation to that call. Since then, he has not only become a teacher, pastor and author, but has also found other ways to bless the Kingdom. He was privileged to be a key catalyst in the launch of the first United Methodist institution of higher learning in Africa, Africa University in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Chilcote's wife, Janet, is the love of his life. He has always been drawn to her compassionate spirit and has seen that compassion at work through their years of marriage. The Chilcotes have five daughters and several sons-in-law. Now that they are newly empty-nested, they decided to bite the bullet and adopt two rescue dogs, a Yorkie and a Bichon. Besides spending time with his family, music dominates Dr. Chilcote's hobby hours. He has been a singer all his life, and choral music is a great love.

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Denomination United Methodist
Education Graduate FellowUniversity of Bristol PhDDuke University MDivDuke Divinity School BAValparaiso University

Paul's Published Books

A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit ISBN: 978-0835899383 View on Amazon
Changed from Glory into Glory: Wesleyan Prayers for Transformation ISBN: 978-0835898140 View on Amazon
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas With Charles Wesley ISBN: 978-0819222503 View on Amazon
Cultivating a Thoughtful Faith ISBN: 0687333032 View on Amazon
Early Methodist Spirituality: Selected Women's Writings ISBN: 978-0687334162 View on Amazon
Her Own Story: Autobiographical Portraits of Early Methodist Women ISBN: 0687052106 View on Amazon
John and Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns - Annotated and Explained ISBN: 978-1594733093 View on Amazon View on iTunes
John Wesley and the Women Preachers of Early Methodism ISBN: 978-0810824140 View on Amazon
Making Disciples in a World Parish: Global Perspectives on Mission & Evangelism ISBN: 978-1608998807 View on Amazon
Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit: 52 Prayers for Today ISBN: 978-0835809504 View on Amazon
Recapturing the Wesleys' Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley ISBN: 978-0830827435 View on Amazon
She Offered Them Christ: The Legacy of Women Preachers in Early Methodism ISBN: 978-1579106683 View on Amazon
The Imitation of Christ: Selections Annotated & Explained ISBN: 978-1594734342 View on Amazon View on iTunes
The Song Forever New: Lent and Easter With Charles Wesley ISBN: 978-0819223739 View on Amazon
The Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church ISBN: 978-0802803917 View on Amazon
The Wesleyan Tradition: A Paradigm For Renewal ISBN: 978-0687095636 View on Amazon
Wesley Speaks on Christian Vocation ISBN: 978-1579108120 View on Amazon