Dr. Matt O'Reilly

Matthew O'Reilly, PhD

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Sociopsychological Interpretation Specialist
International Experiences: Costa Rica, England, Mexico, USA




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (New Testament Concentration), University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
  • Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
  • Bachelor Arts, Philosophy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Doctoral Dissertation

  • The Body & the Future: A Socio-Rhetorical Approach to Paul’s Ethics with Special Reference to the Resurrection of the Body 

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS
  • Adjunct Instructor of New Testament Greek, Asbury Semnary, Wilmore, KY
  • Teaching Assistant, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Teaching Specializations

  • Pauline Studies (Theology, Eschatology, Anthropology, Ethics)
  • Social-Scientific Criticism
  • Social Identity Theory
  • Pastoral Theology & Worship
  • Homiletics 

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Pastor, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL
  • Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Union Springs, AL
  • Pastor, Jay United Methodist Church, Jay, FL
  • Pastor, Preachersville United Methodist Church, Crab Orchard, KY
  • Pastor, Lee Circuit United Methodist Churches (3 point charge), Opelika, AL
  • Student Ministry Intern, Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika, AL 


Authored Books

  • 1-2 Thessalonians (Franklin: Seedbed, under contract)

Chapters in Books

  • “1–2 Thessalonians.” In T & T Clark Commentary on Social Identity in the New Testament, ed. J. Brian Tucker and Aaron Kuecker (New York: T&T Clark, forthcoming).
  • “What Makes Sex Beautiful? Marriage, Aesthetics, and the Image of God in Genesis 1–2 and Revelation 21–22.” Pages 186-200 in Beauty, Order, And Mystery: The Christian Vision of Sexuality, eds. Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand (Downer’s Grove: IVP, forthcoming).
  • “Resurrecting the Body: Paul and Racial Reconciliation in First Century Rome and Twenty-first Century Alabama.” In The Letters of Paul, ed. Menghun Goh (Texts@Contexts; New York: T&T Clark, forthcoming).
  • “Rest Now or Not Yet? Temporal Aspects of Social Identity in Hebrews.” Pages 47–53 in Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill, ed. Caleb Friedeman (Eugene: Pickwick, 2017).   

Articles in Academic Journals

  • “Toward an Eschatology of Hope: The Disappearance of the Sea in Revelation 21:1 and its Significance for the Church,” The Princeton Theological Review 44 (2011): 49-63.
  • “‘Faith Comes from Hearing’: The Scandal of Preaching in a Digital Age,” The Princeton Theological Review 43 (2010): 43-53.
  • With Fredrick J. Long, “A Guide to Scholarly Advancement for Graduate and Postgraduate Students,” The Asbury Journal 63:2 (2008): 95-100.

Articles in Professional Journals

  • “Evangelizing the Church,” Preaching 26:6 (2011): 22-24.
  • “Five Things You Need to Know About Preaching through the Books of Scripture,” Preaching 25:6 (2010): 20-22.

Conference Papers

  • “Eschatology, Ethics, and the People of God: Social Dynamics of Bodily Resurrection in the Corinthian Correspondence,” Wesleyan Theological Society, Wilmore, KY (2017).
  • “The Aesthetics of Sex: Marriage, Beauty, and the Image of God,” Center for Pastor Theologians Conference, Chicago, IL (2016, invited paper).
  • “Resurrecting the Body: Paul, Social Identity, and Racial Reconciliation in First Century Rome and Twenty-first Century Alabama,” Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, (2015).
  • “From Mortal Body to Redeemed Body: Resurrection, Social Identity, and Time in Romans,” Wesleyan Theological Society, Mount Vernon, OH (2015).
  • “Incubating the Ecclesial Theologian: A Proposal for a Church-Based Ph.D.,” Wesleyan Theological Society, Mount Vernon, OH (2015).
  • “Resurrection or Destruction? Social Identity and Time in Philippians 3,” Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA (2014).
  • “Embracing Resurrection: Temporal Aspects of Social Identity in 1 Corinthians 15,” British New Testament Conference, Manchester, England (2014).
  • “Did Paul Think He Was Perfect? Christian Perfection and its Eschatological Framework in Philippians 3:15” Wesleyan Theological Society, Nashville, TN (2012).
  • “Waiting for His Promised Coming: Eschatology and Ethics in Chain-link in 2 Peter 3” Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA (2010).
  • “‘And the Sea Is No More’: Evil, Exodus, and New Creation in Revelation 21:1c.” Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA (2008).

Academic & Invited Speaking Presentations

  • Guest Preacher, Missions Conference, Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika, AL (February 2016).
  • Seminar Teacher, Bethlehem Family Camp, Bonifay, FL (June 2015).
  • “Marriage and the Image of God: The Beauty of Biblical Sexuality,” Susquehanna Annual Conference Evangelical Network, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA (June 11, 2015).
  • “Marriage and the Image of God: The Beauty of Biblical Sexuality,” Western North Carolina Conference Evangelical Movement, Lake Junaluska, NC (June 20, 2014).
  • “Lay Speakers Lead in Evangelism,” Montgomery-Opelika District Lay Speaker Training (Feb. 8-9, 2013).
  • “Relational Evangelism,” Montgomery-Opelika District Leadership Academy (January 13, 2013).
  • “How do I do the work of an evangelist?” Montgomery-Opelika District Leadership Academy (January 29, 2012).
  • Evangelist, Palmer Creek Camp, Saucier, MS, (July 2012).
  • Evangelist, Bethlehem Family Camp (June 2011).
  • Evangelist, Bethlehem Family Camp (June 2010). 

Academic & Professional Memberships

  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society


  • Modern Languages
    • English, Native or Bilingual Proficiency
    • German, Limited Working Proficiency
    • French, Limited Working Proficiency
  • Ancient Languages
    • Koine Greek, Full Professional Proficiency
    • Hebrew, Limited Working Proficiency