Associate Provost and Vice President of Enrollment Management
Kevin Bish joined Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009 as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services. Now the Associate Provost and VP of Enrollment Management, he oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, Housing, International Services and the Registrar, and works closely with Global Learning, the Seminary’s Online (ExL) program. He has a passion for serving and enabling students from first contact through graduation.
Kevin has over 26 years of experience in higher education and non-profit organizations. Before arriving at the Seminary, he served as Vice President of Development for the Advancement Group, a for-profit consulting firm that specializes in helping non-profit organizations implement sustainability and strategic planning initiatives. Prior to that he served in the areas of enrollment and advancement at Oral Roberts University, where he obtained both his Bachelor of Arts degree, and later graduated with a Master of Education Administration degree. In 2016, Kevin received the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s highest title of honor, Kentucky Colonel, for his outstanding service to the Seminary and the community. Kevin and his wife, Nicole, have three children.
Bryan P. Blankenship
Vice President of Finance & Administration and CFO
Mr. 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.
Rev. Donna Covington
Vice President of Formation
Rev. Donna Covington serves as the Vice President of Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a highly accomplished senior leader with experience in both corporate and higher education with a heart for ministry. Corporately, she has extensive proficiency and expertise in organizational development, strategic planning and change management. She has a proven track record for problem solving and bringing organizations and groups together. Rev. Covington has led global organizations and traveled extensively including over 30 countries in her various roles at IBM and Lexmark International, Inc. She brings a global perspective along with knowledge and understanding of diversity and cultural complexities to her work.
Rev. Covington’s experience also extends into executive church leadership and higher education where she has been a change agent and innovator. She served as executive director for several churches, interim Dean of the College of Business and Computer Science at Kentucky State University and most recently, Dean of the College of Business at Delaware State University (DSU) where she was able to establish partnerships with business and economic leaders, community organizations and students to increase student retention, mentorship and career placement.
Rev. Covington has held a number of board positions and has been recognized both locally and nationally with several leadership awards, most recently a 2018 prestigious award from Girls, Inc of Delaware. She has also conducted numerous workshops and conferences locally and internationally. She was Ordained an Elder at First Pilgrim Baptist Church. She possesses a BS degree in Chemistry from Centre College, MS in Analytical Chemistry from Miami University and MA in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Rev. Covington is the mother of three children and grandmother to three beautiful girls.
Dr. Steve Gober
Associate Vice President of the Florida-Dunnam Campus
Dr. Steve Gober is the Associate 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.
Vice President of Advancement
Jay Mansur has served as the Vice President of Advancement for Asbury Theological Seminary since 2009. He has a solid background in organizational leadership, relationship management, financial services sales, comprehensive fundraising and communications. He sets the vision and strategic direction for the entire advancement team that includes Alumni and Church Relations, Communications, Major Events and Development. During his time at Asbury Seminary, he has assisted the president in achieving the highest total giving to the Seminary three years in a row. He has also grown unrestricted giving by 65 percent, and has successfully created and implemented a $100 million comprehensive campaign that embeds the Seminary’s theological tradition, as well as supports the 2023 Strategic Vision, into the development process.
Prior to coming to the Seminary, Jay served as Vice President for Advancement/President of the Spring Arbor University Foundation at Spring Arbor, Michigan 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. While at Spring Arbor, he grew total giving, secured many new donor relationships and directed a successful fundraising campaign.
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. Jay has education and training as a certified financial planner and certified fund specialist. He and his wife, Penny, have seven children and 12 grandchildren. They currently serve at the Great Commission Fellowship in Wilmore.
Dr. Douglas K. Matthews
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Matthews 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
Vice President of Seedbed
John David (J.D.) Walt serves as the Vice President of Seedbed 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.