July 2014

The Alumni Link is a monthly e-publication provided to the alumni of Asbury Theological Seminary

Manna This Morning

by J. Ellsworth Kalas         As far as I know, I’m not Jewish, but in some ways I’m a direct descendant of the Children of Israel.  I feel for their experiences.  I want to sing with them when the Red Sea has turned from obstruction to deliverance.  Their fretting doesn’t appeal to […]

Six Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

by Bishop Al Gwinn, Retired United Methodist Church (1971, MDiv)  Most of us could list a multitude of things we have learned. And certainly the importance and priority of those things would vary according to our personalities, thought processes and experiences. But here are six things I have learned that are certainly “big rocks” on which I am […]

Our Asbury Days

by Bishop David W. Kendall, Free Methodist Church, (1979, MDiv)As Lavone and I moved into Alumni Manor 3 in the fall of 1976 we had mixed feelings. For the past year friends in Pulaski, Michigan had given us a taste of pastoral ministry, and we hated to leave them. At the same time, we eagerly anticipated a new chapter […]

Practicing Holy Habits in Ministry

by Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett, United Methodist Church (2000, DMin)It was a cold January day in 1996 when I began the Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Theological Seminary. Though I had been on the Wilmore campus several times previously for meetings and conferences, this was my first experience as an Asbury student. I could not have imagined how […]

Strength in the Body of Christ

by Bishop Mark J. Webb, United Methodist Church (1989, MDiv)It was over 25 years ago that I arrived on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary, certain of my call to pastoral ministry, ready to begin my seminary experience and eager to see what God had in store.  My time at Asbury was foundational not only to […]

Pastoral Prayer

by Charles Killian,  Asbury Theological Seminary Professor 1970-2004I remember the noted George Buttrick saying to us preachers, “If you are so busy that you have to make a choice between preparing your sermon or preparing your pastoral prayer, make sure you prepare your prayer.” When questioned about that response, he added, “Remember to Whom the prayer is addressed.”  […]

2014 Alumni and Friends Cruise

by Sandra Blumanhourst, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore Campus, Alumni Office (2014, MDiv) In October, Asbury Theological Seminary Alumni and Friends will be setting sail to voyage through Paul’s 2nd and 3rd missionary journeys.  We will walk through the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where the exiled Apostle John lived and wrote the book of […]

2014 Distinguished Alumni

        Is there an Asbury Theological Seminary Graduate who has made a difference in your life and those around you? Nominate them for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award! This award is designed to honor alumni who in their personal lives and public ministries exhibit the Asbury values of a theologically educated, sanctified, […]

NEW Hybrid Church Planting Degree – Scholarships Available

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first in-ministry curriculum focused on Church Planting.  The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree with a specialization in Church Planting begins this Fall (2014) with an orientation and on-campus class experience in October. This opportunity is accessible for ministry professionals serving in either a domestic or overseas ministry […]

Beeson Update

        Dr. Thomas Tumblin, Dean of the Beeson Center, and Grant Sandercock-Brown, ’12 D.Min. graduate, sat down for about 15 minutes to chat about his D.Min. degree, his work with the Salvation Army in Australia, and the way he is leaving a legacy through his life and ministry.   Watch the conversation: