Asbury Theological Seminary

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Asbury Theological Seminary
MottoThe whole Bible for the whole world.
Endowment$114.8 million[1]
PresidentTimothy C. Tennent
CampusExurban (Kentucky), Suburban (Florida), Online

Asbury Theological Seminary is an evangelical, multi-denominational, graduate institution that offers a variety of master's degree and postgraduate degree programs through the schools of Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation, Theology and Formation, Practical Theology, World Mission and Evangelism, and Postgraduate Studies. The main campus is located in Wilmore, Kentucky, near Lexington.

Asbury Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[2] and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[3]


Statue of John Wesley at ATS - Wilmore Campus

Asbury Theological Seminary was founded in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1923 by its first president, Henry Clay Morrison, who was at the time the president of Asbury College. In 1940, Asbury Seminary separated from the college in order to satisfy accreditation requirements. Because of the proximity of the two schools (across the street), similar name, and common theological heritage, many people confuse the relationship between the college and the seminary. While they are separate institutions, the schools maintain a collegial relationship that benefits both communities. The current president of Asbury Seminary is Dr. Timothy Tennent, Ph.D., who has served as the eighth President since July 1, 2009.[4]

Past Presidents of Asbury Seminary

  1. Henry Clay Morrison (1923–1942)
  2. J.C. McPheeters (1942–1962)
  3. Frank Stanger (1962–1982)
  4. David McKenna (1982–1994)
  5. Maxie Dunnam (1994–2004)
  6. Jeff Greenway (2004–2006)
  7. Ellsworth Kalas (2006–2009)
  8. Timothy Tennent (2009–present)


Asbury Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational, evangelical seminary serving nearly 100 different denominations. Rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, the seminary has a strong emphasis on the Bible, spiritual formation and discipleship.

Wesleyan heritage[edit]

Asbury Seminary has its roots firmly planted in rich Wesleyan soil. Its heritage can be loosely traced back to May 24, 1738, when a young Anglican priest and Oxford don felt his heart "strangely warmed" during a prayer meeting in northern London. At that moment, John Wesley's life was forever changed. A spirit of revival swept through England and across the Atlantic to America. Thousands came to know Christ through the ministry of circuit riders like Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke. A century after Asbury's final open-air sermon, Asbury Seminary was formed as an independent non-denominational seminary to carry on the passionate ministry of these Arminian forefathers.[5]

Extended education[edit]

In addition to the main campus at Wilmore, the seminary offers courses at the Florida Dunnam Campus in Orlando, Florida, through online courses (Extended Learning), and a Memphis, TN extension site.

Information services[edit]

Technology resources include video production services and an information commons. The Information Commons is housed in the B.L. Fisher Library and contains Windows-based computers and Macintosh computers for students. There is also a student video editing bay. The Information Commons is a member of the American Theological Library Association and has 420,000 holdings. The Wilmore campus is fully covered by wireless networking. In addition, there are facilities for simulcasting meetings and classes between campuses by video teleconference.


Asbury Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award master's and doctoral degrees. It is an accredited member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Asbury Theological Seminary does not, within the context of its religious principles, its heritage, its mission, and its goals, discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, physical impairment, or gender in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship, and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs. The seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.[6]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, known for his expertise in Greco-Roman and Jewish sources.
  • John N. Oswalt, visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament, involved with the NIV and NLT Bible translations and author of a major commentary on Isaiah.
  • Ben Witherington III, Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies and prolific author.
  • Bill T Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and future series editor of NICOT, a major commentary set on the Old Testament

Top denominations[edit]

There are over 93 denominations represented at Asbury Theological Seminary. The top 10 represented as of 2010 were:[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  2. ^ SACS Institution Details - Asbury Theological Seminary Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ATS Member Listing - Asbury Theological Seminary Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Seminary hires new president". Jessamine Journal. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-20.[dead link]
  5. ^ [1] Archived December 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Accreditation - Asbury Theological Seminary". July 11, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Quick Facts Fall 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°51′44.34″N 84°39′39.56″W / 37.8623167°N 84.6609889°W / 37.8623167; -84.6609889