Asbury University, Seminary hold joint worship as part of Centennial Celebration

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2023

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Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary held a special joint worship service last Wednesday as part of the seminary’s Centennial Celebration.

The featured speakers were seminary President Timothy Tennent and university President Kevin Brown.

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The service commemorated the seminary’s founding by H.C. Morrison while he was the president of the at the time college.

Tennent spoke about how Morrison convinced John Wesley to hold a revival in Wilmore to sow the seeds of founding a school focusing on religious instructions. Wesley founded Asbury in 1890 and the seminary would follow in 1923.

“100 years later, we still believe in the fully sanctified life,” Tennent said. “We thank God for the momentous nature of this event today.”

Brown took the time to ponder about the future of ministry, especially in light of rapid technological growth.

“What endures in the future?” Brown asked.

His answer to the question was the following traits: truth, virtue, sacrifice, service, humility and love.

And even as society changes, the mission of both institutions will not.

“The mission of Asbury University, the mission of Asbury Theological Seminary, does not change,” Brown said

In the spirit of mutual cooperation, Brown presented the seminary with a painting of Morrison by famed Louisville artist Paul Plaschke.

Trees were gifted to both institutions. The seminary received a Wildfire Black Gum that will be planted in front of the B.L. Fisher Library. The university received an October Glory Maple that will be planted near Hughes Auditorium.