Dr. Ellen L. Marmon – Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

ellen_marmonDr. Ellen Marmon, Associate Professor of Christian Discipleship, was educated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, holds master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky and Asbury Seminary, and earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She served on the staff of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY, as Pastor of Discipleship for 16 years before joining the Asbury Seminary faculty full-time in 2005. She regularly teaches adult discipleship in central Kenya, works with local church leaders in Darwin, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and N. India, and co-leads annual mission teams to Kenya. Her more recent research involves oral cultures, discipleship, and literacy.

Dr. Marmon has recently joined Asbury’s Beeson International Team as Director of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Asbury Seminary. The DMin degree was inaugurated in the United States in 1967; Asbury Seminary was one of the first evangelical seminaries authorized to offer it, and the program began at the Seminary in 1971. This professional degree is designed specifically for persons already in the pastoral ministry who wish to expand their knowledge and further develop their leadership abilities in various disciplines, such as preaching, church planting, and missional ministry. Students join an international community that cares for the whole person and embraces spiritual formation as a lifelong process.

Asbury Seminary is committed to lifelong learning and continual growth for pastors and Christian leaders, equipping them with increasing theological depth and wisdom and connecting them with new ministry colleagues from near and far. The students come with experience and insight accumulated through their ministry journey, and the DMin degree program builds upon their experience with a curriculum based on John Wesley’s priority of Scripture, reason, experience, and tradition, as well as on the use of rigorous inquiry, dialogue, and application. The cohort-based program invites global conversations around current events, trends, and issues, while also bringing relevant biblical, historical, and practical perspectives to bear on their unique contexts for ministry.

The capstone of the program is a Ministry Transformation Project, or dissertation, arising from their ministry context, which will demonstrate their scholarly application of theory, theology, and practice to both the community of academic colleagues and ministry peers.

Dr. Marmon enjoys being with her sister’s family, her 2 goddaughters, and many adopted nieces and nephews; going to NASCAR races, and eating in Asbury’s cafeteria with her faculty friends.