Effective January 1, 2024, Dr. Ivan Filby has become President and CEO of Seedbed, a subsidiary of Asbury Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Free Methodist Church UK & Ireland and Assistant Pastor at Towerview Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Filby previously served as President of Greenville University in Illinois and as Professor at Trinity College Dublin. He holds a PhD in Management from Aston University and a Master of Arts in Evangelism Studies from Cliff College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the author of “Livestream: Learning to Minister in the Power of the Holy Spirit,” published by Seedbed. He and his wife Kathie have two grown children.

“I am so delighted that Ivan Filby, a longtime friend and a Seedbed author and educator, has been appointed by the Board of Directors to take a new role as President and CEO of Seedbed,” says Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary. “I will never forget the many hours in my office with J.D. Walt as we dreamed together about the possibility of a new resource platform for the global church that could carry the Wesleyan message. Now, looking back over a decade, both Seedbed publishing and New Room have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people.”

J.D. Walt has transitioned from President and SEO of Seedbed to Founder and Sower-in-Chief. J.D.’s new role enables him to be more available to Seedbed’s growing global community through writing and resource development and will allow him to begin serving as Pastor of the Gillett Methodist Church in Gillett, Arkansas, in July 2024.