Patrick Eby

Patrick EbyAssistant Professor of Church History and Christian Ministry

Patrick teaches Church History and Theology classes at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wesley Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University. His special research interests include Charles and John Wesley and the History and Theology Methodism and the Holiness Movement.

Ministerial and Professional Background

Patrick has served as a Senior Pastor for over ten years and has been teaching in various roles since 2007.

Personal Information

Patrick is married to Ruth who works in the nursing department at IWU and has three children and three grandchildren.

He likes to play Racquetball, Softball, and Frisbee golf.

His favorite Sports teams are the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.

He likes to garden and has a real heart for the Marion community and is involved in ministries which work with people in need.


The Wesleyan Church, Indiana North


Ph.D. Drew University, Madison, NJ. Wesley and Methodist Studies. (2010)

Dissertation: “The One Thing Needful: Charles Wesley’s Theology of Being Restored in the Image of God.”

M.Phil. Drew University, Madison, NJ. (2006)

Comprehensive exams in John and Charles Wesley, History of British and American Methodism, Holiness Movement. A comprehensive paper on The Worth of the Slave: Arguments for the Freedom of the Slave in Early Wesleyan Methodist Connection Hymns and Poems.

M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. (1993)

B.A. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN. (1986) Majored in Religion and Philosophy.


Wesley’s Use of Biblical Narrative in Addressing the Battle Against Sin.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society Vol. 16, (2012), pp. 61-73.

Wright, David, Rebecca Whitesel, Christin Taylor, Patrick Eby, and Keith Reeves. How God Makes the World a Better Place: A Wesleyan Primer on Faith, Work, and Economic Transformation. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2012.

“Preaching of the Wesleys.”, (June 2012). Retrieved from

“Images of Perfection in Charles Wesley’s Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762).” Wesleyan Theological Journal Vol. 46, No. 1, (Spring 2011).

“Singularity in Early Methodism.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society Vol. 12, (2008), pp. 17-33.

Book Review: “Charles Wesley: Life, Literature, and Legacy, edited by Kenneth G. C. Newport and Ted A. Campbell. Peterborough, UK: Epworth, 2007.” Revitalization Vol. 15, no. 1 (Spring 2008).

“Reforming the Church: Charles Wesley’s Ecclesiology and the Role of Lay Preachers.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society Vol. 11, (2006-2007), pp. 59-68.

Book Review: “Gary Best, Charles Wesley: A Biography.” Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society Vol. 11, (2006-2007), 108-109.

Book Review: “Gary Best, Charles Wesley: A Biography.” Methodist History 46, no. 2 (2007): 124.

“John and Charles Wesley’s Reading of John Milton: Trinity and Heresy.” Methodist History Vol. 44, No. 2., (January 2006), pp. 115-124.

Last updated: 10/24/2016