Preaching and Leading Orlando

The Florida Dunnam campus in Orlando is hosting a Doctor of Ministry Preaching and Leading cohort beginning Fall 2020. The focus will be on sharpening present strengths while gaining new skills and perspectives for preaching and leading in the diverse ministry contexts of the 21st century.

This cohort invites ministry leaders into a journey of personal and community spiritual formation. You will expand your capacities as Good News communicators and sharpen your organizational intelligence. Working with peers from all over the United States and a faculty who come with significant diverse ministry experience, you can expect to be challenged and inspired. Ultimately, through researching and writing your Ministry Transformation Project, you will contribute solution-centered strategies to your immediate ministry context and to the broader Church as well.

Your cohort will explore challenging issues such as:

  • The intersections between Scripture, preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation in today’s world
  • Contextually relevant ways to communicate with people and lead inside and outside the faith community
  • Biblically-informed principles that shape missional leadership and organizational development
  • Adaptive leadership capacities for local/global ministry


Dr. Peter Rios serves as the Executive Director for the Asbury Latino Center (Asbury en Clave Latina), and teaches in the area of leadership. His research explores the intersection of culture, mission and leadership. Peter is called and committed to equipping and strengthening the church alongside his wife, Dr. Ruby Gonzalez-Rios. Before joining Asbury Seminary, Peter served as a program director at the DeVoe School of Business, associate vice president for academic innovation at Fresno Pacific University, and interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Ashland University. He has also taught at Indiana Wesleyan University and Wesley Seminary, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the Colorado State University–Global Campus. Peter has served as an itinerant minister across the U.S. and South America and has been a part of two church plants. His company R.I.O.S. – Robust Innovative Organizational Solutions – focuses on leadership development, strategic foresight, organizational diversity and renewal. Peter is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Steve Gober serves as Associate Vice President for the Florida Dunnam campus and teaches in the area of Spiritual Formation. 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; an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary; and a D. Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Steve is committed to promoting spiritual transformation and renewal in the life of the church. He enjoys 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.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Frymire spent the first 30+ years of his vocational calling in pastoral ministry in the Church of God, Anderson. He pastored congregations in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, and California. He is a graduate of Anderson University with a major in Biblical Studies. He has an M.A. Rel. and a M.Div. from Anderson School of Theology. He received his Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Homiletics from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2010. After graduating, he spent two years teaching Preaching and Speech Communication at Princeton Theological Seminary. Since August of 2012 he has been the Associate Professor of Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary’s Florida campus and was appointed Dean of the Chapel there in the summer of 2013. He is married to Rev. Joan Frymire and has three sons: Doug, Jonathan, and Joel. All three of his children are serving in full-time pastoral ministry. He is the author of the book, Preaching the Story: How to Communicate God’s Word Through Narrative Sermons.

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