Wesleyan Publishing House has announced the publication of The Story of The Wesleyan Church by Robert Black and Keith Drury.

From its roots in European and American Methodism through the 1968 merger of the Wesleyan Methodist and Pilgrim Holiness Churches to recent historic events, Black and Drury trace the rich tradition and inspiring history of The Wesleyan Church.

The Story of The Wesleyan Church offers a contemporary, reader-friendly history of the growth and development of the church, passing on its heritage to a new generation in a highly accessible format. Each chapter includes several photos with detailed captions that tell the story of the church in condensed form. By reading the photo captions alone, the reader can pick up the flow of The Wesleyan Church history in just one to two hours of reading, and then go back to the full text for a deeper, richer view of the major events and people that have impacted the movement.

The coauthors, one a former Pilgrim Holiness and the other a former Wesleyan Methodist, weave a colorful tapestry, providing balanced coverage of both faith streams that make up The Wesleyan Church today. Readers will gain an authentic understanding of the foundations of the Wesleyan movement—seeing God’s faithfulness in the past and his continued activity through the Church today.

Robert Black is chair of the religion faculty at Southern Wesleyan University, where he has served since 1986. He earned a Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is author of How Firm a Foundation, a history of Southern Wesleyan University, and contributor to commentaries and histories.

Keith Drury is a professor of religion at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is author of more than a dozen books on practical spirituality, including Holiness for Ordinary People (now in its 25th anniversary edition), Common Ground, and Ageless Faith.