Asbury Theological Seminary Welcomes New Trustees
Asbury Theological Seminary welcomed three new members to the Board of Trustees at their recent meeting in Orlando. New trustees are Scott Lees, Prabhu Singh and Andy Hurst. The Board of Trustees serves Asbury Seminary by helping to shape and oversee its overarching policies.
“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the Board of Trustees,” Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said. “These new members will help to guide the direction of the Seminary as we continue to meet the goals in our 2023 strategic plan. We pray God’s wisdom and blessing on them as they assume this new roles and responsibilities.”
Scott Lees entered Asbury Seminary in 2001 as a Presidential Scholar. After graduating with his Master of Divinity in 2004, Lees served as the Growing Deep Pastor at The Orchard in Tupelo, Miss. During his time there, Lees established the small group discipleship strategy, creating more than 55 home group communities with over 600 participants. In 2007, Lees was called to Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn. At Christ Church Memphis, Lees has served as the Executive Pastor alongside Dr. Maxie Dunnam, then Interim Pastor and President Emeritus of Asbury Seminary. For the last eight years, Lees has served with Senior Pastor Dr. Shane Stanford. Since 2014, Lees has worked closely with seminary leadership to develop the Asbury Extension Site in Memphis. Along with his church responsibilities, Lees is the President of the Memphis Conference Chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association.
The four loves of Scott’s life are Jesus, his wife and high school sweetheart Kristen, his two boys Harrison (8) and Graham (6), and his other alma mater the Georgia Bulldogs. During college football season, Scott does his best to keep everything in that order—but admits it’s a challenge. Scott is ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance since 1998 and is currently a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Prabhu Singh is the Principal of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), one of the Seminary’s global partners, and Professor of Anthropology and Missions there. For nearly 25 years, he has served God in various capacities and with different ministries, such as Evangelical Union and Ambassadors for Christ. Singh joined the SAIACS faculty in 2012. While at SAIACS, he has served as the Professor of Anthropology and Missions, Head of the Department of Missions, and was the founding Director of the Centre for Inter-Cultural Studies. In addition to his current roles, he also leads one of the largest ongoing research projects in the Global South, entitled “The Exploratory Study on the Emergence of New Christward Movements in North India.” He is a consultant for many Indian and other global mission agencies, particularly on issues dealing with gospel and culture, and is a frequent speaker in revival meetings, mission conferences, and seminars in different parts of the world. Singh studied at Asbury Seminary from 2002-2008, completing a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. He has also served as a member of the Alumni Council for many years, providing leadership to the Asbury International Community. Singh and his wife Sheeba have been married for 20 years and have a daughter.
Rev. Andy Hurst serves as the Senior Pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. His church is a multi-site, multi-congregational church with 1000 members. St. Luke’s is a Christ-centered family of grace who welcomes any and all persons in the context of God’s grace and is committed to reach, grow, and send forth fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Hurst and his wife Janey have served in campus ministry at Texas Tech and at Louisiana Tech University, where they had the privilege and joy to see hundreds of students called into full-time ministry. One of their core values in ministry is that “disciples are made in the context of authentic Christ-centered community.” Andy completed both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degree at Asbury Seminary. The Hursts have been married 36 years and have three children and four grandchildren.
“On behalf of the Asbury Seminary Board of Trustees I welcome Scott, Andy and Prabhu to our board,” Joe Harris, Chair of the Board, said. “We consider it an honor that they have chosen to bring their talents to our board as we seek to continue to be a board where excellence in governance of the seminary is our primary focus. We look forward to the many gifts that each of our new trustees bring to the board as we seek to fulfill our mission and provide a world class seminary that impacts the world.”