Assistant Professor of Worship Studies

Expertise:

  • Liturgical Theology
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Catechesis
  • Robert Webber and the developments of worship practice in the American evangelical church

Education:

  • B.A., English, Asbury College, 2003
  • M.A., Christian Ministries, Worship Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2009
  • D.W.S., Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2013
  • Ph.D., London School of Theology, (in progress)

Dr. Jonathan A. Powers is the Assistant Professor of Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary and joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in the summer of 2017.

He graduated from Asbury University in 2003 with a B.A. in English, from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009 with a M.A. in Christian Ministries – worship studies emphasis, and holds the Doctor of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation through The London School of Theology on the worship theology of Robert E. Webber.

Dr. Powers has a passion for the intersection of liturgy and spiritual formation in the life of the church. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books, including Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Christian Tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas Sermons, and Watchnight: John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service, all published by Seedbed. In 2009, he was awarded the Hoyt Hickman Award by the Order of St. Luke at Asbury Seminary for excellence in liturgical scholarship and leading public worship. He also serves on the board of the Charles Wesley Society.

In 2017, Dr. Powers was awarded the Vital Worship Grant by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with a concentration on connecting the public worship of churches with worshipers’ personal grief by studying historical and biblical liturgies of lament. 

Dr. Powers and his wife, Faith, have two daughters.