Asbury Theological Seminary

Founded in 1923 by Henry Clay Morrison, Asbury Theological Seminary is located in Wilmore, Kentucky. The current president is Dr. Timothy C. Tennent. Asbury joined the SSA in 2012, as a founding partner school.

Mission Statement: Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

SSA Liaisons: 

offuttSteve Offutt, a sociologist of religion with a strong interest in faith based international development, is Assistant Professor of Development Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.  He taught in the Human Needs & Global Resources program at Wheaton College and at Eastern University’s School for Leadership & Development. Steve has also been a Fellow at Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society and at Boston University’s Center for Global Mission and Christianity.


marilyn_elliot_2015Dr. Marilyn Elliott served on the Community Formation (previously Community Life) team since 2004 before accepting the role of Vice President for Community Formation in 2012. She helped pioneer the Spouse and Family Ministry which has become Formation Ministries, developed the Marriage Incubator curriculum and the Formation Mentoring program. She is adjunct faculty in the area of Spiritual Formation.

Marilyn has been a church leader in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination since 1979. She has wide pastoral experience in partnership with her husband Steve. Together, they have lead three churches over 31 years, provided missionary member-care and pastoral retreats in Chile, Argentina and Venezuela since l985, and formation teaching during Field Conferences in Eastern Europe and Indonesia. She served as an evangelist and retreat leader in Western Canada for two decades. Marilyn began the Beeson Pastor program in 2001 and graduated with her D.Min. in 2005. Together with Steve they have the distinction of being the only couple who have both graduated from the Beeson pastor’s program. She is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program in the field of Formative Spirituality and is an experienced life coach.

Marilyn and Steve have four kids and six grandchildren: Mark (scientist) in Oregon, Rachel (church planter) in North Carolina, Ben (pastor) in Canada and J.V. (social worker) in Virginia.


“Asbury is a Wesleyan institution. In that way, we’ve been able to connect again with our founder’s heart for creation and heart for humankind’s role in it. That heritage we share has been one that we sometimes forget in all our other study of Wesley. More importantly, it brings us back to those biblical precedents upon which we’re founded. To have, once again, a focus on creation care and sustainability, to call the church to understand, as Howard Snyder has written, that salvation does mean creation healed, is a fresh kind of renewal for us. We look forward to not only the certificate in Creation Care Studies- that will be a significant contribution, we believe- but more importantly, the kinds of work our task force will do to call the entire seminary community to embrace again God’s beauty and God’s profound presence in creation.” – Dr. Thomas Tumblin, Asbury Theological Seminary

Asbury Theological Seminary Creation Care Links:

Asbury’s Sabbath Experience Year a Strong Success

Asbury Community Garden Feeds Both Students and Knowledge

Asbury Community Garden Reflects, Ramps Up For 2015

Asbury Theological Seminary Receives Grant for Community Garden The grant, from the Dora Tes Basileas Foundation, is for $18,000.

Creation Care Community Asbury’s Creation Care Community maintains a community garden and offers events for those who seek to learn more about good stewardship practices.