Dr. Paul Chilcote—New Professor of Theology
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Wesley Chilcote to the community as Professor of Theology on the Florida Dunnam Campus. Dr. Chilcote is recognized as a gifted and gentle teacher, with a pastoral heart. Dr. Chilcote officially joins the community July 1, 2017.
“I am delighted that Paul Chilcote is joining the Asbury team,” Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, said. “His arrival is a great asset to our community and our mission to educate men and women to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world. Please pray for Paul and his wife Janet as they make the transition to our campus and their new home in Florida.”
Dr. Chilcote has vast teaching experience at many institutions and is passionate about equipping his students in the faith. He has held either adjunct or faculty positions since 1981 and seeks to engage his students’ minds, even as he provides spiritual guidance and points them to Christ. Since 2008, he has served as Professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. While at Ashland, he also served as acting president, academic dean, and Director of United Methodist Studies.
Dr. Chilcote taught previously on Asbury Seminary’s Florida Dunnam campus as Professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies from 1999-2005. He also served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology and as the Academic Dean from 2001-2003.
“Dr. Chilcote brings to the Seminary a host of gifts to help us serve the global church, train leaders and equip pastors for missional engagement in diverse, strategic regions,” Dr. Doug Matthews, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, said. “His own experience with teaching at Africa University in Zimbabwe and St. Paul’s United Theological College in Kenya will be used by God to train leaders for the Church of Jesus Christ around the world.”
Dr. Chilcote was influential in the launch of the first United Methodist institution of higher learning in Africa, Africa University of Zimbabwe.
He is a prolific author, writing or editing more than 20 books and many articles and reviews. His most recent work, A Faith that Sings, examines the primary lyrical theology found in the songs of Charles Wesley. A few of his other works include A Life Shaping Prayer, Changed from Glory into Glory, Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, and Cultivating a Thoughtful Faith.
He and his wife, Janet, have five daughters. As recent empty-nesters, they adopted two rescue dogs, a Yorkie and a Bichon. Dr. Chilcote enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing music as a hobby.