September 2013

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

A Word to the Wise

by J. Ellsworth Kalas One day over lunch James Boswell told Samuel Johnson that it would be “terrible” if he were unable to return to London as quickly as he hoped to.  Dr. Johnson, who no doubt knew more about words than anyone in the eighteenth century, answered, “Don’t, sir, accustom yourself to use big […]

Three Questions

by Ivan (Meng Cheng) Tan, (2006, MDiv)I do. I do. I do. These are answers to the three questions we ask all candidates at our baptism and confirmation services.  This marks the climax of the spiritual journey of many people at Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore (WMC). Each candidate goes through 10 weeks of instruction and […]

Living the Great Commission in Latin America

by Dr. Ricardo Gómez, (2003, MA; 2007 PhD)I learned the following Chinese proverb in one of my anthropology classes at Asbury.  It says, “Go to the people.  Live with them.  Learn from them.  Love them.  Start with what they know.  Build with what they have.  And with the best leaders, when the work is done, […]

Native American Immersion

by Dr. W. Jay Moon, (2005, PhD), Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism   Sweat beads roll down his cheeks and drip off his chin as Jarod grabs the water hose to gulp down the cool water. Pausing for air, this seminary student lowers the hose long enough to exclaim, “I just had my […]

The Lay Mobilization Institute: What is it?

Dr. Bryan D. Sims, Associate Professor of Leadership and Lay Development and Director of the Center for Lay Mobilization, sat down to explain what the Lay Mobilization Institute is, how he came to be involved, and what the take-backs are for your church.   What is the Lay Mobilization Institute? The Lay Mobilization Institute is […]

Center for Soul Care: Fostering Relational Holiness

by Marilyn Elliot, (2006, DMin; 1998, MA), Vice President of Community Formation   As Asbury Seminary begins a gentle launch of the Center for Soul Care (located in McPheeters across from the Asbury Inn), we envision a kind of whole-self holiness that is intrinsically tied to relationships and community. Holiness in this sense is not […]

Alumni Updates – September 2013

Christi Hauptman Conway (1999, MDiv) was appointed to serve as the senior pastor at Shepherd of the Heart United Methodist Church in Pearland, Texas.  She is married to Dan Conway (1999, MDiv). They have two energetic boys Adam (10) and David (8). Dee (2005, MDiv) and Bridget (2006, MDiv) Dowdy took new appointments in the […]

Alumni Publications – September 2013

Jeff Finger (1994, MDiv) is a member of Cafe Band.  Cafe Band released their debut cd “Reborn”.  Cafe Band is actually composed of approximately twenty musicians who perform weekly at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. “Reborn,” thereby, features a surprising scale of instruments. While the music is exquisite, precise and expertly executed, it is not […]

Upcoming Events – September 2013

Doctor of Ministry eLuncheons Since not all students can come to campus for a preview, we’re coming to you. Join the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program each Monday at noon (12:00 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time to learn more. Register at The eLuncheon will last an hour or less. During the session, you […]

Alumni Obituaries – September 2013

BRUNSTETTER – Glenn Arthur (1948, BD), 91, died Thu, July 25, 2013. Born Sep, 22, 1921 Warren, Ohio, the son of Fred and Mary Ann (Gautschi) Brunstetter of Warren OH. All four brothers have preceded him in death: Harry, Delbert, Milford, and Harold, all of Warren OH. His family moved to Phalanx Station on a […]