President’s Cabinet

Kevin Bish

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

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). At Asbury Seminary he oversees Auxiliary Services, the Business Office operations, Facilities & Security, and Human Resources, along with direct responsibility for a number of functions including budgeting, endowment administration, and legal and risk management.

He began his vocation in higher education in 1995, when he was hired as the operations manager for a Federal Highway Administration project at the University of Kentucky Transportation Center. A year later he 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. Bryan came to Asbury Seminary in 2004 to serve as the executive director of finance, and on March 1, 2007 he moved into the vice president’s role.

Bryan is a member of the Free Methodist Church. He and his wife, Carol, have three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, reading (wishes there was more time for it!), 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 global leadership body for the Free Methodist denomination. In 2007, Bryan completed the Leadership Jessamine County program, as well as received the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s highest title of honor, Kentucky Colonel, for his service to both the Seminary and the community.

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

steve_goberDr. 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.

Jay Mansur

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. Gregg Okesson

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Before coming to Asbury in 2011, Dr. Okesson was a faculty member at Scott Christian University, Kenya, East Africa for 10 years where he served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a lecturer in theology. Prior to this, he was a pastor in upstate New York, worked in Student Development at Wheaton College, and was a church-planter amongst a Muslim people-group in north-central Tanzania. Dr. Okesson and his family lived in East Africa for 13 years.

Dr. Okesson has authored numerous articles and serves on the editorial committee for the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology and the Africa Study Bible. He is the author of Re-Imaging Modernity (Wipf & Stock, 2012) and co-author of Advocating for Justice (Baker Academic, 2016). He is also the author of the Christianity Today 2021 book award for A Public Missiology: How Local Churches Witness to a Complex World (2020).