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President’s Cabinet

Kevin Bish

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services

kevin_bish_2015Kevin Bish has most recently been the Vice President of Development for The Advancement Group, a for-profit consulting group that specializes in working with not-for-profit organizations in implementing sustainability and strategic planning initiatives.  Kevin has over fourteen years of experience in working inside educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations.  Prior to joining The Advancement Group, Kevin held positions in advancement, administration and enrollment management.

He obtained a B.A. in 1993, and graduated with a Master of Education Administration degree in 2002 from Oral Roberts University.  Bish and his wife, Nicole, have three children, Sadie, Sophie and Spencer.

Bryan P. Blankenship

Vice President of Finance & Administration and CFO

bryan_blankenship_2015Mr. Bryan Blankenship is a graduate of Greenville College (BA, 1989), the University of Kentucky (MBA, 1995), and Asbury Theological Seminary (MA in Christian Leadership, 2007).  He is interested in pursuing doctoral work in organizational leadership. He began his career in higher education in 1995, having served as an operations manager at the University of Kentucky Transportation Center. In 1996, Bryan moved to Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas where he served as a faculty member, network administrator, development officer, and chair of the business department before becoming the school’s chief financial officer, a position he held from 2000-2004.  He came to Asbury Seminary in 2004 to serve as the executive director of finance, and on March 1, 2007 he moved into the role of vice president. Bryan is a member of the Free Methodist Church. He and his wife, Carol, have three children, Caleb (married to Chloie), Sarah and Anna. He enjoys coaching and working with the young people in the Free Methodist Bible Quiz program and working on small construction and repair jobs around the house. He also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Free Methodist World Conference Executive Committee, the highest leadership body for the global Free Methodist Church denomination.

Dr. Marilyn Elliott

Vice President of Community Formation

marilyn_elliot_2015Dr. Marilyn Elliott served on the Community Formation (previously Community Life) team since 2004 before accepting the role of Vice President for Community Formation in 2012. She helped pioneer the Spouse and Family Ministry which has become Family Formation, developed the Marriage Incubator curriculum and the Formation Mentoring program. She is adjunct faculty in the area of Spiritual Formation.

Marilyn has been a church leader in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination since 1979. She has wide pastoral experience in partnership with her husband Steve. Together, they have lead three churches over 31 years, provided missionary member-care and pastoral retreats in Chile, Argentina and Venezuela since l985, and formation teaching during Field Conferences in Eastern Europe and Indonesia. She served as an evangelist and retreat leader in Western Canada for two decades.  Marilyn began the Beeson Pastor program in 2001 and graduated with her D.Min. in 2005. Together with Steve they have the distinction of being the only couple who have both graduated from the Beeson pastor’s program. She is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program in the field of Formative Spirituality and is an experienced life coach.

Marilyn and Steve have four kids and six grandchildren: Mark (scientist) in Portland, Rachel (church planter) in North Carolina, Ben (seminary professor) in Jakarta and J.V. (business manager) in Lexington.

Dr. Steve Gober

Vice President of the Florida-Dunnam Campus

steve_goberDr. Steve Gober is the Vice President for the Florida Dunnam campus. He has served with Asbury Seminary since May 2010. Before joining the Seminary team, Steve and his wife Karoline ministered for seventeen years as missionaries with the Methodist Church of Costa Rica. Steve worked primarily with the Methodist Seminary as a professor, administrator, and during the last eight years of his tenure as President of the Seminary. He received a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Asbury University, 1984; an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, 1993; and a D. Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary, 2010. Steve is committed to promoting spiritual transformation and renewal in the life of the church by connecting Asbury Seminary faculty and students as well as church leaders and laity to God’s Global Mission. Steve and Karoline have two children. As a family, they regularly return to Costa Rica to support the continued development of leaders and the life of the Methodist Church and Seminary.

Robert S. Landrebe

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

bob_landrebe_2015Mr. Bob Landrebe joined the Asbury Seminary administration as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the fall of 2012. His experience in senior administration includes sixteen years of service as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and thirteen years as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for World Relief.

Landrebe is widely respected throughout the Association of Theological Schools (tATS) as a leading expert in economic viability models for higher education. He has been an economic and financial consultant and presenter for In Trust which serves the Presidents and Board of Trustees of the Association of Theological Schools. He has developed several electronic tools which have been used throughout higher education to assess economic viability, including “Financial Health Checkup,” “Institutional Health Checklist,” and the “Strategic Financial Planner.” Landrebe was also responsible for developing new tuition structures, innovative partnership models, and creative admissions strategies which simultaneously increased enrollment and reduced overall student indebtedness. 

Bob and his wife, Jane, have four adult children and 2 grandchildren. They attend Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jay Mansur

Vice President of Advancement

jay_mansur_2015Jay Mansur is Asbury Theological Seminary’s Vice President of Advancement. Mr. Mansur has most recently been Vice President for Advancement/President of the Spring Arbor University Foundation at Spring Arbor, Michigan, a position he held for seven years.  He has had responsibility over the annual fund, major donors, alumni, planned giving, external relations (corporate, community and government relations) and advancement operations.  He has grown total giving, secured many new donor relationships and directed a successful fundraising campaign at Spring Arbor University among other achievements in his area of responsibility.  From 1996 to 2002, he was Executive Vice President for Estate and Gift Planning at the Free Methodist Foundation/King Trust Company in Spring Arbor.  Prior to that, he was owner and practitioner of Mansur Asset Planning in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Mansur has education and training as a certified financial planner and certified fund specialist.  He and his wife, Penny, have seven children and eleven grandchildren.  They are members of the Free Methodist Church.

Dr. Douglas K. Matthews

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

doug_matthewsMatthews has nearly 25 years experience in Christian higher education. His leadership and experience includes a wide range of areas in Christian higher education, including student development, residence life, accreditation, strategic planning, financial aid, multi-cultural affairs, radio ministry, enrollment, academic records and registration, chaplaincy, all areas of seminary academic affairs, traditional and non-traditional graduate education models.

He is a seasoned administrator of higher education, serving as the Assistant to the Vice President and, later, on the President’s Cabinet as Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a school of nearly 2,600 students, about half of whom are in graduate and professional studies (which includes the Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity Degrees). He has dedicated over two decades of his life as a classroom professor and earned 14 teaching awards. He also has a vibrant love for the local church having served for several years in various positions, including the Southern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a licensed worker in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Texas and Georgia, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and he is currently on educational assignment as an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church.

The Rev. John David Walt

Associate Vice President of Advancement and Special Counsel to the President

jd_walt_2015John David (J.D.) Walt serves as the Associate Vice President of Advancement and Special Counsel to the President at Asbury Theological Seminary. He joined the Asbury Seminary administration in the fall of 2000 and for eleven years served as the Vice President for Community Formation and Dean of the Chapel. Prior to this, he worked alongside Chris Tomlin in giving leadership to a local congregation within The Woodlands United Methodist Church called “The Harvest” in Houston, Texas. In his present role he gives key direction to the online resourcing and publishing initiative known as Seedbed, serving as chief visionary and Sower-in-Chief. Seedbed is an online publishing platform designed to develop and deliver theological and ministry training resources to the local church. Seedbed.com A sought after speaker and conference leader, a published author and songwriter, J.D. serves as a mentor to a number of pastors and worship leaders around the world both well known and unknown. He has served as a pastor and teacher in the Passion movement and is involved as a theologian with Worship Central, the worship equipping ministry of Tim Hughes and Al Gordon of the United Kingdom. He writes regularly online at www.jdwalt.com He is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is married to Tiffani, also an Asbury Seminary graduate and ordained Deacon in the UMC, and they reside in Franklin, Tennessee with their four children David, Mary Kathryn, Lily and Samuel.