The Rev. Dr. Wesley H. Wachob Sr., a native of Chipley, Florida, is an ordained elder and has been a member of the Alabama – West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1975. He has also served congregations in three other annual conferences of the UMC (North Georgia, Northern Illinois, and South Carolina). Dr. Wachob pursued his undergraduate degree at Southeastern College (B.A.), did his graduate studies at Erskine Theological Seminary and the Candler School of Theology (M.Div.), and did his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and Emory University (Ph.D.). He has been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature since 1985. Prior to his present position, Dr. Wachob was the Sr. Pastor of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Emory University, where he also taught in the Candler School of Theology. He was appointed to First Church in 2006. Wesley is married to Drexel Gilbert; they reside on Pensacola Beach.
Among Dr. Wachob’s numerous publications are The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and contributions to the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (Routledge, 2008); Reading James with New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James (T&T Clark, 2007); Fabrics of Discourse (Trinity Press International, 2003), The Apocalyptic Intertexture of the New Testament (Scholars Press, 2002); and The Anchor Bible Dictionary (Doubleday, 1992). Acts: A Participatory Bible Study (Energion Publications; forthcoming); Exploring James: Faith, Conduct, Community (SPCK and Westminster/John Knox Publishers; forthcoming); and with Dr. Russell B. Sisson,Wisdom Discourse (SPCK and Westminster/John Knox Publishers; forthcoming).