Updates, Events, and Publications


Alumnus Dr. Charles Meeks, MA in Biblical Studies ’09,  has been busy since his graduation from Asbury over a decade ago. Charles informs us that he has been serving as an adjunct professor of theology at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY, since 2016. In November 2019, he received his PhD in Theology from Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto. 

He has just had an article published: “Superseding Patristic Supersessionism: Hilary of Poitiers and Cyril of Alexandria on Hosea 1–3,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 14, no. 1 (2020): 87–101. Later this year, his dissertation will be coming out in the Lexington Books/Fortress Academic. That is called Sola Scriptura Sacramentaque: Recovering the Significance of the Sacraments with Hilary of Poitiers and Robert W. Jenson. 

We are so very proud of Charles’ accomplishments throughout these years and so happy to hear from him! We wish him many blessings on his career for years to come! 


We were happy to receive an update from one of our ’81 graduates. Neely informs us that since his time at Asbury, he served as a pastor at a local church for 42 years. He then moved to his wife’s hometown of Childress, Texas where he planned to volunteer within the church, community, and the state prison there, however, the Lord had other plans. He heard for their need of a Unit Chaplain at the prison, so he applied, and was hired! Neely writes: “I  never intended to retire as such, but I did not go looking for this position. I believe God has called me to serve here.”

What a testament of how God can use you no matter where you go, and His calling on your life is never through! Congrats to Pastor Neely and we wish him many blessings on this new position in Childress!


Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion has appointed Reverend Dr. Andrea Summers as campus pastor and dean of spiritual formation. She most recently served as assistant professor of religion at Southern Wesleyan University. Summers has also served as an adjunct faculty member for IWU and Wesley Seminary.

Summers served as The Wesleyan Church’s director of ministry for women from 2012 to 2016, where she played a key role in launching several key initiatives such as: ALIVE, a national, multi-site women’s conference that helped redefine Wesleyan women’s ministry, the Wesleyan Justice Network, the Annesley Writers Forum and Mustard Seed Gatherings.
Summers graduated from IWU in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and intercultural relations. She earned a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008 and a doctor of ministry degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory in 2020. 

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