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 current book project is a two-volume work on the Methodist experience in America. Richey is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.