The faculty at Asbury Seminary are engaging instructors, innovative thinkers, rigorous researchers and accomplished writers. They are committed to seeing students excel academically, but more importantly they desire to see a maturing of spiritual growth and formation.

Our multicultural faculty totals 201 people, including visiting and affiliate professors. They represent eight Protestant denominations and come from various cultures and backgrounds, from church planting to graduates of medical school. During any given year, one-third of them are teaching abroad, making them well prepared to teach students with a global perspective. In 2011, they published more than 109 works. Many are award-winning authors like Craig Keener and Ben Witherington III. The faculty has also helped lead the way in developing online education. Asbury Seminary was one of the first institutions of its kind to offer online classes. The program has ballooned since its inception and now includes more than 150 classes per year.

Educational Assumptions

In the search for truth, the faculty at Asbury Seminary affirms the following guidelines: Scripture, reason, experience and tradition. While Asbury Seminary stands within the Wesleyan tradition and holds to a clearly defined statement of faith, the faculty is committed to academic freedom. Central to all academic work at the Seminary are two commitments: the first to Jesus Christ as sovereign Lord and the second to the pursuit of truth as a corporate and personal vocation. Faculty members and students are encouraged to carry on research, lecturing and publishing that reflect a growing knowledge of God and a widening awareness of truth. The faculty members are committed to the objective study and discussion of all theological opinions, and the Seminary regards liberty of conscience as an important dimension of theological and personal integrity.

Dr. Emilio Alvarez

Associate Provost of Lifelong Learning

Dr. Bill T. Arnold

Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Dr. Stephen Bailey

Associate Professor of Missions and Development Studies

Dr. David R. Bauer

Dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation

Dr. Meesaeng Lee Choi

Professor of Church History and Historical Theology

Dr. Kenneth J. Collins

Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies

Dr. John A. Cook

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Dr. Janet B. Dean

Professor of Pastoral Counseling Education

Dr. Joseph R. Dongell

Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Jeffrey W. Frymire

Associate Professor of Homiletics

Dr. R. Stephen Gober

Executive Director of Academic Affairs for the Asbury Latino Center

Dr. Andrew Graham

Associate Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. David J. Gyertson

Distinguished Leader in Residence

Dr. Russell Hall

Associate Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. James K. Hampton

Professor of Youth Ministry

Dr. Christine Johnson

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. Craig S. Keener

F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Maria Russell Kenney

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. Chris A. Kiesling

Professor of Discipleship and Human Development

Dr. Kevin Kinghorn

Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Fredrick J. Long

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Ellen L. Marmon

Professor of Christian Discipleship

Dr. Stephen L. Martyn

Professor of Christian Spirituality

Dr. Michael D. Matlock

Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies, Old Testament & Early Judaism 

Dr. Thomas McCall

Timothy C. and Julie M. Tennent Chair of Theology

Dr. Philip R. Meadows

The Sundo Kim Professor of Evangelism

Dr. Jim Miller

Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies and New Testament

Dr. Stacy R. Minger

Associate Professor of Preaching

Dr. W. Jay Moon

Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism

Dr. Tapiwa Mucherera

Professor of Pastoral Counseling

Dr. Kenneth Myers

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. J. Steven O’Malley

John T. Seamands Professor of Methodist Holiness History

Dr. Luther Oconer

Associate Professor of Global Wesleyan Theology

Dr. Stephen W. Offutt

Associate Professor of Development Studies

Dr. Joseph Okello

Professor of Philosophy of Christian Religion

Dr. Gregg A. Okesson

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. John Oswalt

Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Lalsangkima Pachuau

John Wesley Beeson Professor of Christian Mission

Dr. Michael L. Peterson

Professor of Philosophy of Religion

Dr. Jonathan A. Powers

Associate Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of Mission and Ministry

Dr. John Ragsdale

Associate Professor of Academic Affairs

Dr. Ruth Anne Reese

Professor of New Testament

Dr. A. Sue Russell

Professor of Mission and Contextual Studies

Dr. Brian D. Russell

Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell

E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism

Dr. Jose Javier Sierra

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Jacqueline Smith

Dean of the School of Counseling

Dr. Lawson G. Stone

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Stephen P. Stratton

Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care

Dr. Timothy C. Tennent


Dr. James R. Thobaben

Dean of the School of Theology and Formation

Dr. Paul A. Tippey

Dean of Library, Information, and Technology Services

Dr. Thomas F. Tumblin

Professor of Leadership  

Dr. Jason Vickers

Professor of Theology

Dr. Michael C. Voigts

Professor of Christian Spirituality

Dr. Ben Witherington III

Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies

Dr. Steven J. Ybarrola

Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of Mission and Ministry