portrait of Dr. Luther Oconer

Luther Oconer

Associate Professor of United Methodist Studies

Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage


Luther teaches in the areas of United Methodist history, doctrine and polity. His research areas include the Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism and mission history. He is particularly interested in the history of Methodism in the Philippines and Asia, the intersection between revivals and missions, and the connections between Methodism and the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.



BS, Mapúa Institute of Technology (1993)

MDiv, Wesley Divinity School (2001)

MPhil and PhD, Drew University (2006, 2009)



Luther is an ordained elder in the Pampango Philippines Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served has served churches in the Philippines, New Jersey, and Alaska. He currently serves on the boards of the General Commission on Archives and History and the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church.

He is also extensively involved in church renewal ministries and has preached and taught in various churches and events in the United States and overseas.




Spirit-Filled Protestantism: Holiness-Pentecostal Revivals and the Making of Filipino Methodist Identity. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017.



“Philippines,” in An Historical Perspective on Global United Methodism: Central Conference Origins, eds. Elaine Robinson and Amos Nacimento. Nashville: Foundry Press, forthcoming 2018.

Missio Spiritus: A Pneumatological Framework for Missio Dei” in Missio Dei and The United States, Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, ed. Kathy Armistead. Nashville: Foundry Press, forthcoming 2018.

“The Meaning of Pentecost: A Pneumatological Framework for Political Engagement,” in Wesleyan Political Theology, ed. Ryan N. Danker. Nashville: Foundry Press, forthcoming 2018.

“Die United Methodist Church auf den Philippinen,” in Die Methodistische Kirchen, ed. Walter Klaiber. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.

“Methodism in Asia and the Pacific: Origins and Development,” in The T&T Clark Companion to Methodism, ed. Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. New York: T&T Clark, 2010.



“‘Keswickfied’ Methodism: Holiness Revivalism and the Methodist Episcopal Church in India, 1870–1910.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 49 (Fall 2014): 122–143.

“The Manila Healing Revival and the First Pentecostal Defections in the Methodist Church in the Philippines.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 31 (2009): 66–84.

“Holiness Revivalism in Early Philippine Methodism.” Methodist History 44 (2006): 80–93.



Luther enjoys running, photography and modern praise music.

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