Curriculum Vitae
C. Wess Daniels, Ph.D.
William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College

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Short Bio:

C. Wess Daniels is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College where he has worked since July 2015. His work there includes teaching the Quaker studies classes, working with administration to help strengthen the Quaker ethos on campus, and supporting the work of developing young adult Quaker leaders. Prior to his work at Guilford, Wess was the released minister at Camas Friends Church (May 2009-June 2015) where he enjoyed the work of pastoral care, preaching and developing leadership within his Quaker meeting.

Wess has a BA from Malone College in Bible and Theology, a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary under the tutelage of Dr. Ryan Bolger and Dr. Wilbert Shenk. Upon the completion of his PhD, he received the School of Intercultural Studies Dean’s Award for academic excellence.

Wess leads workshops, retreats and enjoys speaking on church renewal, mission in contemporary culture, the Quaker theology, and anti-poverty work. The two main ways he approaches faith and action is through the Quaker tradition and liberation theology. He is motivated by God’s heart and care for the disenfranchised in our society and is committed to the way of radical love and justice for all people.


Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies, December 2013

Dissertation Title: A Convergent Model of Hope: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture.

MA Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
Master of Arts in Theology, June 2005

BA Malone University (Canton, OH)
Bible and Theology, June 2002

Fellowships (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Lasor Scholarship Fuller Theological Seminary

Instructor in Training School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller

G. & M. Barker Scholarship Fuller Theological Seminary

Clarence and Lily Pickett Endowment

Angehr-Westbrook-McMillen Scholarship Fuller Seminary


Camas Friends Church
Pastor, May 2009 to Present

Barberton Evangelical Friends Church
Youth Pastor, 2000-2003

Graduate Teaching

George Fox Seminary – MLDR540 Culture and Systems Change (Winters 2012, 2013, 2014)

Earlham School of Religion – Poverty, Empire and the Bible (August 2014)

Academic Teaching Elsewhere

“Mission as Participation in the Quaker Tradition” in Dr. Kaye Edwards class at Haverford College (March 2014)

“Remixing Quakerism: A Convergent Model of Hope” Magill Quaker Collection at Haverford College (March 2014)

Friend in Residence at Earlham School of Religion (October 2013):

  • Convers(at)ions: A Discussion on how building bridges of dialogue and participation pave the way to conversion within the self and our communities.
  • A faithful Betrayal: Learning to Soar (John 12:24): Prepared message for chapel.
  • Remixing Tradition: A Convergent Model of Hope – A public workshop on thinking through the renewal of the Quaker tradition.

“Heralding the New Creation: Mission as Participation in the Quaker Tradition” Quaker Heritage Day at Berkeley Friends Church in Berkeley California (2011)

Quakerism and Postmodernism: Problems and Promises for Friends Association of Higher Education at Guilford College with Jeffrey Dudiak and Abigail Adams (June, 19 2009)

“Convergent Friends and the Emerging Church” for Friends Association of Higher Education at Woodbrooke (UK) (June, 22 2008)

Respondent to Gerry Guiton’s paper “The Kingdom of God and Early Friends” at Quaker Theological Discussion Group Barnesville, Ohio (Wednesday June 24, 2009)

Lectures Given as an “Instructor in Training” at Fuller Theological Seminary (2006-2009)

The Missiological Implications of the Lord’s Prayer (April 2006)

Shane Claiborne’s “Irresistible Revolution” and Namoi Klein’s “Windows and Fences” (October 2006)

Culture Jam And Transforming Powers: Practices within the Church For Transformation (November 16, 2006)

The Great Giveaway and Methods for a Missiological Case Study (February, 2007)

The Way of Jesus and the Emerging Church (April 10, 2007)

George Barna’s Revolution and Practices of A Postmodern Revolutionary Movement (April 12, 2007)

Church in Mission: The Problem With Being Relevant (On Consumerism, the Incarnation, and Yoder’s Body Politics) (November 27, 2007)

Deconstruction and the Kingdom of God: John Caputo and What Would Jesus Deconstruct? (February 27, 3008)

Theo-Political Imagination:Mapping the religious in the political (October 2008)

The Fantasy of Politics:Recovering Imagination For the Use of Christian Politics (November 2008)

Fantasy and the Kingdom of God (Winter 2009 – MP520 Class)

Classes Assisted in as “Instructor in Training” at Fuller Theological Seminary With Dr. Ryan Bolger

MP520 Transforming Contemporary Culture
Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Winter 2008, Winter 2009

MT528 Emerging Churches
Winter 2006, Spring 2007

MP540 Jesus the Missionary
Spring 2006

MC500 Church In Mission
Winter 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008

MC532 Evangelizing Nominal Christians
Summer 2008

MP550 American Culture: Social Location and the Gospel
Fall 2008

Other Related Teaching & Speaking Experiences

“Zacchaeus, Angelic Troublemakers, and Hearts Broken Open” a prepared message given during semi-programmed worship to American Friends Service Committee Corporate Gathering (March 2014).

“Discernment, the Bible and Call” Way of the Spirit: Discernment at Sea Beck Retreat Center (January 2012, 2014)

“Quakers, Tradition and the Resurrection Community” George Fox University Chapel for Quaker Week (October 2012)

“John Woolman and Mission as Participation” West Hills Friends Church Retreat at Twin Rocks Friends Camp (2011)

“Reclaiming Primitive Quakerism for the 21st Century” a co-facilitator along with Robin Mohr and Martin Kelley for a weekend retreat at Ben Lomond Quaker Center (February 20-22, 2009)

Convergent Friends Workshop with Martin Kelley at Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Barnesville (2007)

“New Monasticism and Convergent Friends” at Pendle Hill with Martin Kelly (May 2010)

“Quakers and Worship” at Western Yearly Meeting (January 2009)

Selected Books

An Inner Strength: Quakers and Leadership. Editor Kathy Hyzy. Contributed the Article “Holding the Tension in Quaker Leadership.” Western Friend (2013)

Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) Contributed Articles: Convergent Friends, Freedom Friends Church (2011)

Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices edited by Conti, Angelina; Curtis, Cara, Daniels, C. Wess; et. al Friends General Conference (2010)

Academic Articles

“Convergent Friends: The Emergence of Postmodern Quakerism” in Quaker Studies Research Association Volume 14, Issue 2 (March 2010)

“Convergent Friends” entry in A to Z of the Friends (Quakers) By Margery Post-Abbot, Mary Ellen Chijioke, Ben Pink-Dandelion, John William Oliver Jr. (2012)

“Freedom Friends” entry in A to Z of the Friends (Quakers) By Margery Post-Abbot, Mary Ellen Chijioke, Ben Pink-Dandelion, John William Oliver Jr. (2012)

“Book Review” Quaker Religious Thought (2011)

“Book Review” Quaker Studies Research Association (2011)

Other Selected Writings

“Suicide and the Things We Carry” in Friends Journal (May 2014)

“I (Hope) I See Dead People” in Friends Journal (January 2012)

“The New Quakers: A Faithful Betrayal?” Quaker Life Magazine (January/February 2010)

“Convergent Friends: Remixing Tradition and Imagination.” The Friend, Vol. 166 No. 35 (August 29, 2008)

“Convergent Friends: Passing on the Faith in a Postmodern World.” Quaker Life Magazine (July/August 2006)

“The Boundaries of Convergent Friends” in Writing Cheerfully on the Web: A Quaker Blog Reader edited by Elizabeth A. Oppenheimer (2009)

“Convergence Among Friends: From the ‘Kitchen’ to the ‘Parlor.’ Friends Journal, coauthored by Robin Mohr (October 2007)

“The Plot Twists of 4 November.” The Friend, Vol. 166 No. 46 (November 14, 2008)

“Secrets of the Kingdom” in A Gathered Stillness: Devotional Thoughts From the Malone College (Entry for December 23: 2005)

“Sacramental Living, Redemptive Practices and Convergent Friends.” Quaker Life Magazine (2007)

“Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls: The Church in 25 years.” Collide Magazine, p.30. May/(June 2009)

“(Un)Programmed: Beyond Modernist Labels, Towards the Program of the Spirit.” Young Quaker, p. 5-6 Vol 53 Issue 6 (June 2007)

“What’s Postmodernity Have To Do With Quakerism? The Convergent Friends Imagination.” Young Quaker (October 2008)

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