Dr. Russell E. Richey serves as vice president of the Wesley Works Editorial Project and was a drafter for the General Conference Task Force to Study the Episcopacy (2008). He is a member of the United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue, the UMC Faith and Order Committee, and the North Georgia Board of Ordained Ministry. A senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion, he is active in the Christian Jurisprudence project. His research interest focuses on American religious history, with special emphases including Methodism, comparative denominational studies, and American civil or public religion. His most recent book, Methodism in the American Forest (Oxford University Press, 2015) was judged "the outstanding book on United Methodist history or a related subject published during 2015" by the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church. Richey is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.