For the Whole World: A Century of Mission at Asbury Theological Seminary



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About the Book

From its small beginnings with just three students in 1923 to its status today as the largest theological school in the Wesleyan tradition (and one of the largest theological schools in the world), Asbury Seminary serves under its motto of “The Whole Bible for the Whole World.” Now, as part of Asbury’s centennial celebration, J. Steven O’Malley explores its history in depth, showing how the seminary remains faithful to the mission for which it was founded. This important milestone is the perfect time for such a tribute.

O’Malley introduces each of the eight presidents in terms of the era from which he came and his own faith journey and call to ministry. The history begins with founder H. C. Morrison’s vision of a theological school that would be loyal to the Bible while preparing Spirit-filled and sanctified preachers to go into all the world. The author traces the challenges and successes of each administration. Here you will find stories of all sorts of people­—members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, friends, donors, and, especially, alumni—who have been and are a part of the Asbury Seminary family worldwide. Their prayerful support and influence have been blessed by God to guide the seminary in faithfulness to its mission. The story of Asbury Seminary’s first one hundred years is indeed framed by the motto of the centennial celebrations: “Thanking God for the Past, Trusting God for the Future.”

About the Author

J . Steven O’Malley is the John T. Seamands Professor of Wesleyan Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary, an ordained elder in the United Brethren Evangelical/United Methodist Church. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and family. He was educated at the University of Indianapolis, Yale University, and Drew University (PhD), where he also taught and served as guest lecturer in residence. Serving as professor at two universities and three seminaries in the United States, he has also been a frequent lecturer and guest pastor in Europe. Author of eleven volumes and numerous articles, he is the recipient of several scholarly awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society (2017).


*Note: The transcripts of the interviews collected during the development of this book are available through the special collections department of the B. L. Fisher Library. The collection will be referred to as Interviews in Support of “For the Whole World: A Century of Mission at Asbury Theological Seminary” by J. Steven O’Malley.

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