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Natalya Cherry

Russell E. Richey and Merle Umstead Richey Visiting Professor in Methodist and Wesleyan Studies


PhD, Southern Methodist University
MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary


The Rev. Dr. Natalya Cherry is assistant professor of Methodist studies and theology at Brite Divinity School, where she has taught since 2018. An ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church, Cherry pastored local churches there for over a decade and had served on the ministry staffs of Bethesda UMC in Bethesda, Maryland, and Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, DC. She has taught at Brite since 2018. Cherry earned her MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary and her PhD in systematic theology from Southern Methodist University.

Cherry’s research interests include early Christianity, epistemology of religious experience, Wesley studies, theologies of liberation, and postcolonialism. She is the author of Believing INTO Christ: Relational Faith and Human Flourishing (Baylor University Press, 2021). She has contributed an invited chapter to The Routledge Companion to John Wesley, Joe Cunningham and Clive Murray Norris, editors (Routledge, 2023), as well as numerous articles to journals in Wesley and Methodist studies, and is in the early stages of co-authoring a new kind of biography of John Wesley with Ted Campbell.