Asbury Theological Seminary

Asbury Theological Seminary is an evangelical Christian seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. It 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]

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


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]


  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 education

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.[5]

Notable faculty

  • 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.

Notable alumni


  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.
  5. "Accreditation - Asbury Theological Seminary". July 11, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.

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