William J. Abraham

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Rev. Dr. William “Billy” J. Abraham is an accomplished theologian and scholar, having served for over forty years as a minister in the Methodist Church in Ireland and as a faculty member at colleges and universities in Ireland and the United States. Abraham will represent The King’s College at the Dallas events of its national lecture series, The King’s Forum.

Abraham is the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and over 100 articles and book reviews on such diverse topics as evangelism, the inspiration of Scripture, Methodist and Wesleyan theology, terrorism, and the existence of God. He has recently completed a three-volume series on systematic theology for Oxford University Press.

Not only is Abraham a respected author, but he is also a sought-after speaker; in addition to lectures at Oxford, Harvard, and Notre Dame, he has delivered over one hundred presentations on four continents.

Abraham is the recipient of many awards, including the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program Grant, the Best Book Faculty Award for Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism and appointment as Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University, which is the highest teaching award granted at SMU. In 2018, he received the Faculty Career Achievement Award from SMU for his “remarkable contributions across the scope of a career” and his “extensive work and dedication to Perkins and Southern Methodist University.”

Abraham serves on the General Commission on Unity and Interreligious Concerns of the United Methodist Church, and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Philosophical Association, the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the Society for the Study of Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism.

Time at King's: August 2018 to Present

Education

B.A. with Honors - Philosophy and Psychology
Queen’s University Belfast

M.Div.
Asbury Theological Seminary

D.Phil - Philosophical Theology
Regent’s Park College, Oxford University

D.D.
Asbury Theological Seminary

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