Asbury Theological Seminary

Asbury Theological Seminary is an evangelical Christian seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is the largest seminary in the Wesleyan tradition and advocates egalitarianism giving equal status for men and women in ministerial role and for ordination. It is also known for popularising the New Perspective on Paul theory in America.[2] It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[3] and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[4]

Asbury Theological Seminary
MottoThe whole Bible for the whole world.
Established1923; 97 years ago (1923)
Endowment$150.4 million (2019)[1]
PresidentTimothy C. Tennent
Location, ,
United States
CampusExurban (Kentucky), Suburban (Florida), Online


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.[5]


  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)

Extended educationEdit

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 extension sites in Memphis, TN and Tulsa, OK.


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]

Academic SchoolsEdit

Asbury Theological Seminary has five academic schools.

  • School of Biblical Interpretation
  • E. Stanly Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism
  • School of Theology & Formation
  • Beeson School of Practical Theology
  • Orlando School of Ministry

Notable facultyEdit

  • 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 Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and associate editor of NICOT a major Old Testament commentary series.[7]
  • Kenneth J. Collins, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, prominent John Wesley scholar

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
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  3. ^ SACS Institution Details - Asbury Theological Seminary Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ATS Member Listing - Asbury Theological Seminary Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Seminary hires new president". Jessamine Journal. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-20.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Accreditation - Asbury Theological Seminary". July 11, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Bill Arnold Named Associate Editor of the NICOT Series Missing or empty |title= (help)

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