Asbury Theological Seminary’s office of Distributed Learning oversees the distance learning projects of the seminary. Those programs include the Extended Learning program and the Distance Learning program.
The “big brother” of distance education for Asbury is the Extended Learning program (ExL). ExL was formed first in the minds of Dr. Bob Buckman, Dr. David McKenna, Dr. Leslie Andrews, Dr. Ken Boyd, and then birthed under the leadership of Dr. Maxie Dunnam. All of these saw the future of Asbury as expanding beyond the bricks and mortar of Wilmore, KY. Online learning was still very much in its infancy in the early and mid-‘90s. Yet, these pioneering leaders could see a way of following John Wesley’s lead and making “the world our parish”.