Thomas Glenn Jackson III
910 Woodmont Ln.
Lakeland, FL 33813
University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2005-Present
Ph.D., expected defense, Fall 2008, Historical Theology
Dissertation, “Proclamation in Early Methodist Evangelism.” This study seeks to discover why
early Methodists grew as disciples from awakening to holiness in such a remarkable manner. I
argue there were four key contexts of ministry in early Methodism (field preaching, Methodist
Societies, classes, and one-on-one conversations) that provided a framework for ministry that
encouraged development as a disciple. The first three contexts have been well documented, but
the fourth is neglected in the literature. After documenting the importance of this neglected
context and its role in confirming and establishing people as disciples, I demonstrate
proclamation of the Gospel as essential to each context. Furthermore, I propose evangelism to be
less an act of initiation into the Kingdom of God as one of proclamation that either is rejected or
leads to awakening, conversion, or sanctification.
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
Doctor of Ministry, 2004, Leadership and Preaching
Dissertation, “Church for the Never Churched: A Study of Effective Ministry Areas for
Evangelizing People without a Background in the Christian Faith.” With the increasing
importance of postmodern influences on the life of the Church, and the rise in the percentage of
people with no background in the Christian faith, there is an ongoing discussion of the best ways
to help women and men come to a point of Christian conversion in North America. On the basis
of studying over three hundred previously unchurched people from eleven diverse Protestant
churches, this study seeks to discover which ministry area was most significant in their
conversions. Relational evangelism between friends and family members was found to be more
important than worship, small groups, service projects, and impersonal one-on-one evangelism,
regardless of gender, church background, denominational affiliation, age, and race.
Master of Divinity, 1995
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A., 1990, International Relations and Chinese Studies (Focused on political, economic, and
religious influences, especially Confucian, Muslim, Hindu, and Taoist theology, in Chinese
history and modern culture.)
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Foundation for Evangelism/Harry Denman Fellow Scholarship Recipient, 2006-2009
First United Methodist Church of Orlando Graduate Ministry Scholarship, 2005-2007
Broadway United Methodist Church Ministry Scholarship, Orlando, 2005
The Louisville Institute Grant Recipient (a Lilly Endowment-funded program) for D. Min.
dissertation research, 2003
Bradley Foundation Fellow Grant for research in Eighteenth-Century British Church History,
The Louisville Institute Grant Recipient for study, “A Comparison of Vibrant Protestant and
Nondenominational Church Starts Over the Past 30 Years, and Their Implications for Mainstream
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PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS ATTENDED
“Word and Deed: Evangelism and Social Witness for United Methodism’s Next 40 Years,” The
United Methodist Church at 40: Considering Our History, Teaching Our Traditions, Anticipating
Our Future, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia, August 2008.
“Speaking the Word: Proclamation as Declaration in an X-Files World,” Cliff College Research
Symposium, U.K., March 2008.
Fresh Expressions Conference of the British Methodist Church, High Wycombe, England, March
John Wesley Fellows Christmas Conference, Dallas, Texas, December 2007
American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November, 2007
Association for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) Conference, Ashland, Ohio,
“Evangelism in the Wesleyan Tradition,” Cliff College Research Symposium, U.K., June 2007.
“The Four Fold Pattern of Proclamation in Early Methodism,” Cliff College Research
Symposium, U.K., November 2006.
Cliff College Research Symposium, U.K., May 2006. Presented research thus far summarizing
the most recent contributions to the discussion of John Wesley’s Theology for Today.
Wesleyan Theological Society, Bourbonnais, Illinois, March 2007
John Wesley Fellows Christmas Conference, Houston, Texas, December 2006
Foundation for Evangelism Retreat, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, October 2006
AETE Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2006
AETE Conference, Washington D.C., October 2005
MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION
“The Four Fold Pattern of Proclamation in Early Methodism and its Theological Rational”
“Eighteenth-Century Methodism: Model and Mentor for Twenty-First-Century Ministry”
“Is Conversion really the Goal of Evangelism?: Holiness as the central thrust of Evangelism in
the Wesleyan Tradition”
“New thoughts on Dodd: Proclamation as the Unifying element of Teaching and Preaching”
“The Theology and Practice of Evangelism in Early Methodism”
“Preaching in Early Methodism and the Emerging Church: A Study in Contrasts”
Handbook on John Wesley (Westminster/John Knox), with Dr. Phil Meadows
o Evangelism: The Theology and Practice
o Postmodern/Emergent Theology and Ministry
o Church Planting
o Wesley Studies
o Wesleyan Theology
o Methodist History
o Pastoral Leadership
o Global Christianity
o Congregational Transformation
o Church History
o United Methodist Polity and Discipline
o Business Ethics and Christian Leadership
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TEACHING AND PREACHING EXPERIENCE
Florida State University, 2007-2008
Co-taught Business Ethics and Moral Leadership in the College of Business. This course studies
the development of ethics and leadership as they relate to the business community and as they
have been informed by the Jewish and Christian traditions.
Helped rewrite course syllabus.
Teach approximately fifty percent of the classes.
Participant in FSU’s Teaching Excellence Series
Senior Pastor, New Hope United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL, 2001-2005
Developed, wrote, and presented proposal for this new church in downtown Orlando.
Raised financial resources, developed the initial lay leadership team, and coordinated outreach
Secured long-term worship and office location in a community where land approximates
Preacher/teacher forty Sundays per year.
Developed worship planning team that worked cooperatively to design all worship services.
Hired initial staff team and built cohesive team environment.
Senior Pastor, Broadway United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL, 2003-2005
Redesigned church’s leadership structure to facilitate ministry.
Oversaw redevelopment of church’s master plan and long-term goals.
Supervised all staff.
Helped church develop a budget where income met or exceeded expenses.
Worship attendance up 25% during ministry.
Preacher/teacher forty Sundays per year.
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Orlando, FL, 1995-2000
Implemented church wide small group ministry.
Directed the training/teaching for small group leaders.
Worked with team to design and initiate new contemporary service that ultimately averaged 180
people in attendance.
Helped lead mission trips to Roatan, Honduras (1998), and Johannesburg, South Africa, (1997).
Primary teaching pastor at the contemporary service for last two years of appointment.
Assisted senior pastor in pastoral duties of this 2500 member church, including leading worship,
teaching, visitation, administration, and pastoral care.
Student Pastor, Nathaniel Mission United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY, 1994
Assisted senior pastor in her various pastoral roles, such as preaching, visitation, counseling, and
Coordinated student involvement.
Youth Director, Peace United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL, 1991-1992
Launched and directed the youth ministry at this new church. Ultimately functioned as a student
Developed initial adult and youth leadership teams.
Facilitated small groups and counseled students.
Helped lead and coordinate the church’s first summer mission trip.
Assisted senior pastor in various aspects of pastoral leadership, including preaching, counseling,
teaching, planning, and leader development.
Counselor, Christian Service Center, Orlando, FL, 1991
Counseled individuals and families seeking assistance and developed aid packages.
Helped coordinate assistance with local churches.
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND DENOMINATIONAL LEADERSHIP
American Academy of Religion
Wesleyan Theological Society
Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education
The Academy of Homiletics
Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Junior Fellow
Florida Conference Institute of Preaching 2003-Present, Chair 2005-Present
o Oversee $1.3m endowment. Guided the transformation of a yearly large group gathering
of all United Methodist clergy in Florida to a mentoring based small group gathering in
partnership with the Department of Continuing Education Programs, Duke Divinity
o Directed 2005 and 2006 conferences under previous format: invited speakers, organized
budget, facilities, transportation, and hospitality.
Florida Conference Committee on Finance and Administration, 2005
Orlando District Board of Missions, Trustees, Finance Committee, 2000-2005
Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, 1996-present
WORLD CHURCH EXPERIENCE
Broad interaction with the British Methodist Church during Ph.D. studies
Seoul, South Korea Church Study Tour, 2001 (Part of D.Min. studies)
China Study Tour, 1999
Mission Team Leader, First United Methodist Church of Orlando
o Roatan, Honduras, 1998
o Johannesburg, South Africa, 1997
World Methodist Conference Delegate, Rio de Janeiro, 1996
Seminary Semester Abroad, Wesley College, Bristol, U.K., 1995
“Church Abroad” class, Asbury Theological Seminary, Colombia, 1993
Athletes in Action Northern/Eastern European Swimming Tour, Summer, 1990
United Nations/Washington D.C. Seminar, United Methodist Youth Representative, 1986
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Accomplished teacher with over a decade of pastoral experience.
Collegial team player, motivator, and leader.
Highly motivated self-starter.
Effective grant writer.
NCAA Division I All-American Swimmer, 1989 and 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer
of the Year, ACC record holder in three events upon graduation, and school record holder in
Five years of Spanish in high school and college, with the ability to be conversant again after
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Rev. Dr. Philip R Meadows, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Cliff College, Calver, Hope
Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XG, England, 011-44-1246-584207, email@example.com.
Dr. Robert Brymer, Director, Dedman School of Hospitality, The College of Business, Florida
State University, P.O. Box 3062541, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2541, 850 644 8241,
Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish, Hyde Park UMC, 500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606, 813-253-5388,
Dr. J. Steven Harper, Vice President Asbury Theological Seminary, 8401 Valencia College Lane,
Orlando, FL 32825, 407-482-7500, Steve_harper@asburyseminary.edu.
Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, Bishop in Residence, The Florida Conference of the United
Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1747, Lakeland, FL 33802, 863-688-5563, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Paul A. Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English, University of Virginia, 219
Bryan Hall, P.O. Box 400121, Charlottesville, VA 22904, 434-924-6653, email@example.com.
Dr. Jerry L. Walls, Asbury Theological Seminary, 204 N. Lexington Ave., Wilmore, KY, 40390,
Mrs. Karen Thomas, 3413 Chestnut Hill Lane, Lexington, KY 40509, 859-264-0166,
Dr. Amy Wasserbauer, Ph.D., Remuda Ranch Center, Family Therapy Department, One East
Apache Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390, Mrswass7@cs.com.
Rev. E. Wayne Curry, District Superintendent, 1543 South Highland Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756,
Dr. Robert Bushong, First UMC of Winter Park, 125 N. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park, FL
32789, 407-644-2906, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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