Hood Theological Seminary Faculty Accepted to Oxford Institute of Methodist Studies

July 16, 2018

Salisbury, NC - Dr. Ashley Dreff and Rev. Thomas Grinter have been accepted to the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies to be held August 12-19 at Pembroke College of Oxford University in Oxford, England. This important gathering of top professionals in the field is held once every five years and is sponsored by the British Methodist Church and the World Methodist Council. Dreff is assigned to the working group on Methodist History and Grinter to the Biblical Studies working group. 

Dr. Ashley Dreff is Director of United Methodist (UM) Studies and Student Recruitment at HTS. As the focal faculty person in UM Studies, she is responsible for teaching required courses for the M.Div. degree, as well as advanced level courses in Methodist History, American Religious History, or Women/Gender Studies. In her administrative role, Dr. Dreff fosters networking with United Methodist (UM) districts and conferences, expands bridge-building with colleges and organizations, serves as a strategic team member with the Office of Recruitment to cultivate relationships to enhance enrollment, and enriches opportunities for UM student professional development.

Dr. Dreff has a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Drew Theological School with a concentration in Wesleyan/Methodist Studies and Women/Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation topic was Methodist and the New Morality: A History of Twentieth-Century Methodist Sexual Ethics.She holds a B.A. in Art History (cum laude) from the University of Arkansas and an A.M. in Religious Studies (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

As a lifelong United Methodist, she has devoted significant attention to historical writing and archival preservation. She was an Assistant Archivist for the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church (2012-2014). She was also a General Conference Legislative Researcher and Analyst for the Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church (2015-2016). She has a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). While at Drew University, she was the recipient of the Florence Ellen Bell Scholarship (2012-2014). 
Rev. Thomas Grinter is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies and A.M.E. Zion Studies. He isan ordained Elder and member in full connection of the Kentucky Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. 

Grinter is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics at Chicago Theological Seminary. He earned a B.S. in Business Managementfrom Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Hood Theological Seminary, summa cum laude. He also holds a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, with a concentration in Old Testament. 

At Hood, Grinter has taught Old Testament, Hebrew, and A.M.E. Zion History courses. He also taught Hebrew Bible Introduction at Catawba College in 2012. 

Rev. Grinter is an Associate Minister at New Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury, NC, and Walters-Clement A.M.E. Zion Church in Louisville, KY. Previously, he served Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Chicago, IL, and Stoner Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Louisville, KY. He has also served as a Curriculum Writer for the Department of Church School Literature of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
Rev. Grinter is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the 2008 President’s Award from Hood Seminary. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion and is a 2013 Presidential Doctoral Fellow, Chicago Theological Seminary. 

Hood Theological Seminary, located on I-85 just northeast of Charlotte in Salisbury, NC, is a graduate and professional school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Its student body currently comprises persons from many different denominations. As a theological seminary, it provides for the church and the world an educational community in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together.