Dr. David Gyertson, New Dean of the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership

David-Gyertson-comp1Dr. David Gyertson will assume the position of Associate Provost and Dean of the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership, effective August 12, 2015 at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr Gyertson is a very well known speaker and writer in the areas of Christian leadership, theology, applied theology, biblical studies, history, and higher education/leadership studies. Gyertson has served as the president of three evangelical universities, including Asbury University, and served previously at the Seminary.

Dr. Doug Matthews, Provost of Asbury Seminary states, “We are very pleased and grateful that Dr. David Gyertson will position and lead the Beeson International Center toward fulfillment of our 2023 Vision and beyond! His passion, skill set, training, chief executive servant leadership experience, widely acclaimed and influential writing and speaking all set him apart to guide the next chapter in Beeson’s celebrated history and global impact.”   

In addition to Gyertson’s roles as consultant, executive coach, television host and producer, he is an ordained minister with extensive pastoral experience and pastoral leadership training experience. Dr. Gyertson states, “We are living in challenging days with unprecedented opportunities for the Gospel of wholeness and holiness. The hunger for a whole Gospel that transforms minds, purifies hearts and empowers hands for sacrificial, compassionate service is intensifying. Asbury Theological Seminary, with its uncompromising commitments to those Wesleyan distinctives, is poised to be a significant seedbed for the insights, motives and skills that times like these demand. I am humbled to help guide the mission of the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership as it contributes to the Seminary’s “to serve the present age” vision for today and the future.”

Gyertson has held senior leadership positions in religious, charitable and business environments, including international and cross-cultural settings. Dr. Gyertson will lead Asbury Seminary’s efforts at positioning the Beeson International Center for continued growth as it moves toward 2023 by exploring possible collaborations and synergies with the School of Practical Theology, and investigating and enhancing collaborative initiatives with other areas of the institution.

“I am delighted that Dr. David Gyertson will be joining the ministry of Asbury Theological Seminary,” states President Timothy Tennent. “His breadth of experience as a leader, President of three major institutions, and as a national consultant will bring enormous strength and leadership to our Beeson Center. We are truly blessed by God to have someone with his background helping us to fulfill our 2023 Strategic Plan.”

David Gyertson was born in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a concentration in higher education administration and management. His undergraduate education (Spring Arbor University) is in Philosophy, Psychology and Religion and Master’s work (Michigan State University and the University of Toronto) is in student personnel administration, communications and comparative higher education. David’s wife, Nancy, is a retired elementary school teacher. David and Nancy have one daughter, Andrea, and two grandchildren, Emma and Justin.