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WHF Founders and Partnerships

Wesley Heritage Foundation Founders

Dr. L. Elbert Wethington received the 2010 Duke Divinity School Distinguished Alumni Award. The honor recognizes outstanding leadership and service. (Pictured above is father and son, Dr. Mark Wethington and Dr. Elbert Wethington)

Dr. L. Elbert Wethington
and Lois R. Wethington

Dr. Wethington, Founder and Past President of Wesley Heritage Foundation (Wake Forest University BA; Duke University BD, Ph.D.), served with his wife, Lois Ruppenthal Wethington, from 1954 – 1963 as Methodist missionaries in the Philippines under the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church. While there Dr. Wethington taught Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in Manila and assisted with the formation of a new congregation. During these years, Lois was active with the Methodist Women of the Philippines, with lay teaching, and with the raising of three children. Upon their return to the United States in 1963, Elbert taught in the Department of Religion at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he chaired the Department for twenty years, retiring in 1983. Soon after this first retirement, Dr. Wethington was encouraged by his family to guide the Wesley Heritage Project, the translation, publication and distribution of Obras de Wesley, which he did from his office in Durham, North Carolina, for twenty-five years. He retired as the first President of the Foundation in 2005. Elbert and Lois reside at Croasdaile Village in Durham, NC. They have three children and several grandchildren and greatgranchildren.

Dr. Mark W. Wethington, President of Wesley Heritage Foundation

American University BA; Duke University M.Div., Ph.D., served four different appointments, for twenty-three years, as a United Methodist local pastor in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. During parts of this time he also served as adjunct faculty with the Duke Divinity School teaching in the area of Wesley studies and Biblical studies. He has led seminars in Wesleyan theology among Methodists in Latin America, and was instrumental in establishing a covenant church relationship between the North Carolina Conference and the Iglesia Metodista del Peru.  With a lifetime of commitment to the Wesleyan tradition, during his pastoral ministry Dr. Wethington had a strong history in the establishing of community projects to serve the poor and underserved, including the establishing of an ecumenical program for homeless families and a free medical clinic. Upon the retirement of his father as President of the WHF in 2005, Dr. Wethington became the second President of the Foundation. Mark is married to Beth Biely Wethington who partners with her husband in this ministry. Beth has been instrumental as a member of the Board of Director and in Foundation communications. The Wethingston’s permanent residence is in Henrico, North Carolina, although they are frequently in Latin America with Foundation work. They have six children and three grandchildren.

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WHF Partnerships and Colleagues

Johnny Llerena

Johnny Llerena has been named Executive Coordinator of the Institute for Wesley Studies. Johnny brings to that position a strong background in the Wesleyan tradition, formalized Methodist education and expertise in electronic communication and technology.  He will be the Latin American “arm” of the Institute to complement that of Wesley Heritage Foundation in the US; and will be working closely with foundation president, Mark Wethington. Currently,  Johnny is completing a 6 week visit in North Carolina during which time he has been involved in Course of Study at Duke and collaborating with Mark on this new venture.
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