From Red Album, Faculty, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, president, 1990

Asbury Theological Seminary extends condolences to the family of Dr. Dennis Kinlaw. Dr. Kinlaw served as professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature at the Seminary from 1963-1968. He was president of Asbury University from 1968-81 and 1986-91. He also founded the Francis Asbury Society and authored several books.

“I had the distinct privilege of knowing Dr. Dennis Kinlaw for many years,” Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, said. “He lived a joy-filled life and always challenged others to live lives of entire sanctification and devotion to Jesus. We will miss this giant of the faith, but are grateful for the impact he has made on our lives and of those worldwide. I’ve benefited so much from his counsel to me.”

He received his undergraduate degree from Asbury University, then College, in 1943. He pursued further studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Mediterranean Studies. Dr. Kinlaw served at various times as a pastor in New York, a visiting professor at Seoul Theological Seminary and was recognized as the leading holiness preacher in the U.S.

Service Information:

  • Friday, April 14 — Visitation, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University
  • Saturday, April 15 — Celebration of Life Service, 10 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University
  • Saturday, April 15 — Interment, Wilmore Cemetery

The funeral service will be live streamed courtesy of Asbury University. Read Asbury University’s tribute to Dr. Kinlaw on their website, along with a tribute from the Francis Asbury Society.