Douglas R. Cullum, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean; Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology



  • Ph.D., Theology | Drew University
  • TH.M., History of Christianity | Duke University
  • M.Div., Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies | Asbury Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Bible and Biblical Languages | Asbury College

Dr. Cullum is one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Areas of special interest include Reformation theology and history, Wesley and the Methodist tradition, liturgy and liturgical theology, and nineteenth and twentieth-century American religion. Dr. Cullum participates in the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the American Academy of Religion. His teaching ministry seeks to blend the academic and the practical, with a focus on strengthening the local church along biblical and classical lines.

Speaking Topics

  • Pastoral Calling and Vocation
  • Preaching
  • Reformation Theology
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Wesleyan/Methodist Theology
  • Worship

Selected Publications

  • “Gospel Simplicity: Benjamin Titus Roberts and the Formation of the Free Methodist Church.” In From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness & Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation, ed. Henry H. Knight III, 99-107. Eugene: Pickwick Publications/Wipf and Stock, 2010.

  • Review article: Hughes Oliphant Old. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 5: Moderatism, Pietism, and Awakening. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004. 620 pp. Paper. In Doxology (Fall, 2005).

  • “Apocalyptic Expectations: The Hymns of Charles Wesley,” Methodist History 42, no. 4 (July 2004): 222-235.

  • (with Margaret G. Flowers). "A Sometime Diversion: The Hymn Translations and Original Hymns of John Wesley," Methodist History 41, no. 1 (October 2002): 295-308.

  • "Is the Church in Danger?" Light and Life (March 1997): 24-25.

  • "Where are the Women Leaders? Light and Life (February 1997): 18.

  • "From Simplicity to Multiplicity: Sunday Worship Among Free Methodists." In The Sunday Service of the Methodists: Twentieth-Century Worship in Worldwide Methodism. Studies in Honor of James F. White, edited by Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, 173-94. Nashville: Abingdon/Kingswood Books, 1996.

 Selected Presentations 

  • “Wonder of Worship” Workshop, New Brighton Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY, October 24, 2015.

  • “Same-Sex Relationships: An Exploration of the Range of Christian Positions and How to Talk about Them,” Seminar, Pearce Memorial Church, Rochester, NY, March 2015.

  • “The Catholicity of the Holiness Movement: Insights from the Free Methodist Story,” North American Academy Liturgy, Louisville, Kentucky, January 8, 2005.

  • “Fanatical Women: The Struggle toward Public Ministry in the Early Free Methodist Church,” Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2006.

  • “B. T. Roberts and the Free Methodist Church,” Wesleyan Pentecostal Consultation, Kansas City, Kansas, October 28-30, 2005.

  • “Whose Wesley? Which Wesleyanism? Why Care? Appropriating Wesleyan Theology for the 21st Century,” Wesley Lectures at Central Christian College, McPherson, Kansas, October 10, 2005.

  • “’For Such a Time as This’: Wesleyan Resources for Engagement in Scholarship, Culture, and the Missio Dei,” Faculty presentation at the Free Methodist/Wesleyan Graduate Student Theological Seminar Indianapolis, Indiana, September 23-25, 2005.