Free Methodist Elder John E. Hartley, Ph.D., served for 47 years at Azusa Pacific University in roles such as chair of the department of biblical studies and the division of philosophy and religion. He was a prolific writer who wrote for this magazine and for leading publishers such as Zondervan, Eerdmans, Baker, InterVarsity and Moody Press. During the early 1960s, he served as a pastor of two churches in the Central Illinois Conference (now known as the Gateway Conference).
In an August 7 letter, Azusa President Paul W. Ferguson revealed Hartley died the previous day. Here is his letter followed by links to more information about Hartley’s work and influence.
Office of the President
It is with sadness that I share the news that Dr. John E. Hartley died yesterday, August 6, 2019. Dr. Hartley was a beloved member of the Azusa Pacific University community for 47 years, beginning his faculty role in 1969. He inspired generations of students through his teaching and mentoring in both undergraduate and seminary programs.
John E. Hartley
Dr. Hartley retired from the APU faculty in 2016, at which time the Upper Turner Campus Center was filled with friends and family sharing their thanks for the impact he made on their lives. I encourage you to read this article, written in 2015, where colleagues and students shared their memories of Dr. Hartley.
Dr. Hartley had deep ties to the Free Methodist Church, having attended Greenville College before continuing studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and earning his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. Dr. Hartley and his wife, Dorothy, continued their connections to the Free Methodist Church as members of Foothill Community Church in Azusa.
You are invited to gather next week to celebrate a teacher, scholar, mentor, and friend:
Friday, August 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Upper Turner Campus Center
Azusa Pacific University, East Campus
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hartley Family Endowment at Azusa Pacific University. After the service, there will be a time of fellowship to connect with the family and share memories.
In His Love,
Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT
More information about John E. Hartley and his writings
APU Remembers Professor John E. Hartley
Video: Dr. John Hartley Retirement Celebration
Azusa Pacific University Faculty Page
HarperCollins Christian publishing biography
The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
Genesis: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
Leviticus: World Bible Commentary
Proverbs: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition
The Genre of Biblical Commentary: Essays in Honor of John E. Hartley on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday