Asbury Theological Seminary announces the hiring of Rev. Dr. Charles O. Galbreath as Assistant Professor of Ministry, Dr. Stanley John as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, and Rev. Dr. Ron Walborn as Executive Director of Urban Initiatives.

“I am thrilled to welcome Rev. Dr. Charles Galbreath and Dr. Stanley John to our faculty. They bring many years of excellence in teaching, pastoring, and scholarship. Our students will be greatly blessed to learn alongside these outstanding scholar-leaders,” says Dr. Gregg A. Okesson, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.

“We are so honored to have Rev. Dr. Ron Walborn join the Asbury Seminary team and look forward to continuing and expanding upon the work that has already taken place in New York City,” said Kevin Bish, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

Rev. Dr. Charles O. Galbreath, Assistant Professor of Ministry

Rev. Dr. Charles O. Galbreath serves as the Senior Pastor of Alliance Tabernacle Church in Brooklyn, New York.  

Dr. Galbreath previously served as the Associate Dean, Director of Field Education, and Partnering Professor at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.  

Dr. Galbreath received his undergraduate degree at Nyack College, graduating magna cum laude. He also holds an M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Galbreath earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education in 2020. 

Dr. Galbreath is married to his college sweetheart, Flobien Vidal Galbreath. They are the proud parents of Charles Oliver Galbreath, Jr. (C.J.), Malia Marie Galbreath, and Grayson Alexander Galbreath. 

Dr. Stanley John, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. John serves as campus pastor of Ridgeway Church in New Rochelle, New York, a vibrant multicultural congregation he began in 2020. He serves on the U.S. Board of Directors of Langham Partnership.  

Dr. John earned his Ph.D. from Asbury Seminary. Previously, he served as Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. He is the author of “Transnational Religious Organization and Practice: A Contextual Analysis of Kerala Pentecostal Churches in Kuwait” (Brill, 2018). His research and writing focus on diaspora churches in the Arabian Gulf, global Pentecostalism, and World Christianity.  

Dr. John resides in New York City with his wife, Eunice, and their children, Philip (5) and Emma (2).

Rev. Dr. Ron Walborn, Executive Director of Urban Initiatives 

Rev. Dr. Ron Walborn, Executive Director of Urban Initiatives for Asbury Seminary (NY), will work to provide a contextualized urban experience for current and prospective Asbury Seminary students in and around New York City.  

Dr. Walborn previously served as VP and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary for over 15 years. His vast experience and heart for serving students, combined with his years of experience with the Christian Missionary Alliance, will enhance the legacy and networks that he has established throughout his ministry.

Dr. Walborn has been married to Wanda since 1984. They have four adult children, Kelly, Brice, Karis, and Karly, and one granddaughter, Isabella.