50th Anniversary of Mildred Bang Wynkoop’s A Theology of Love
“The summarizing word–Wesley’s ultimate hermeneutic–is love.”
-Dr. Mildred Bangs Wynkoop
About the Center
Vision: To see women called by God to be affirmed, empowered, and equipped to serve the Church and the world through a variety of ministry professions.
Mission: The Wynkoop Center for Women in Leadership exists to create space to imagine together the possibilities of women’s contributions, along with creative and innovative participation in the future of the church of Jesus Christ. The Center does this by providing opportunities, assistance, and resources to explore and encourage the giftings and callings of women in traditional and new frontiers of leadership.
The Wynkoop Legacy: Mildred Bangs Wynkoop (1905-1997) was an influential educator, missionary, and theologian whose work impacted the Church of the Nazarene and beyond. As a prolific writer, she bravely sought new paradigms through her engagement with Wesley’s theology. One of her notable works, A Theology of Love, shaped a generation of pastors, teachers, and theologians. She taught at several institutions including Western Evangelical Seminary (Oregon), Japanese Christian Junior College, Japanese Nazarene Theological Seminary, Trevecca Nazarene College (Nashville, TN), and as theologian-in-residence at Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO) from 1976-1980.
The Wynkoop Center was founded in 2003 as an initiative of Nazarene Theological Seminary through the generosity of the Ralph and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop estate. In 2002, Dr. Judi Schwanz (Director 2003-2020), NTS President Ron Benefiel (President 2000 – 2011), and Dr. Keith Schwanz, proposed creating this Center as a way to support women in the life of the Church. Founded initially as the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, the Wynkoop Center for Women in Leadership will continue this legacy and expand its mission to support women in leadership, scholarship, and ecclesial ministry.
Leading Bold Conference, November 3-4
- Learn more here: https://www.leadingbold.org/conferences
Conference Attendance Awards:
If you are a woman graduate student and have an accepted paper at a conference (e.g., WTS, SBL, AAR, etc.), you are invited to apply for a $300.00 (USD) conference award to help with the cost of registration, travel, and accommodation to your conference.
Apply for a Conference Attendance Award
If you are a woman graduate student working on a doctorate and in the dissertation phase of research writing, you are eligible to apply for a $500.00 (USD) research award to help with expense towards the costs of research and travel associated with this stage of writing.
Apply for a Research Award
NTS has a number of scholarship funds designated to providing tuition assistance for women pursuing graduate theological studies. Contact the Enrollment Team at [email protected] to learn more. Begin your application here.
Research on the Status of Women: https://united-we.org/
Appointments Project (United WE) works to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of civic boards and commissions: https://united-we.org/ap-overview
Wynkoop Women in Ministry Video Collection (Hosted by NTS Praxis Studio)
Wesleyan Digital Holiness Library: Works by Wynkoop
Wynkoop Center Resource: The Creation Mandate
Wynkoop Center Resource: Women in Leadership in the Old Testament
Wynkoop Center Resource: Women in Leadership in the New Testament
Wynkoop Center Resource: Difficult Passages in the New Testament
Christians for Biblical Equality
Podcast Episode: Evaluating a Global Covid-19 Response: An interview with Nell Becker Sweeden and Zekarias Asfaw
Single and in Ministry: Joy in the Journey by the Rev. Dana Preusch
Catalyst Resources: The Biblical Basis for Ordination of Women in the Wesleyan Tradition
Wynkoop Center Staff
Wynkoop Center Advisory Council
Support the Wynkoop Center for Women in Leadership through a financial gift.
Make checks payable to:
Nazarene Theological Seminary
MEMO: Wynkoop Center for Women in Leadership
1700 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64131