Asbury University

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Asbury University is a Christian liberal arts school dedicated to building the complete student, to equip them for a lifetime of servant leadership.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Asbury University
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390


Phone: 859-858-3511


Organization details

EIN: 610458355

CEO/President: Sandra Gray

Chairman: Larry Brown

Board size: 20

Founder: John Wesley Hughes

Year founded: 1934

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Asbury University is recognized as a premier Christian University in the liberal and applied arts that prepares young men and women to engage postmodern society with a Christian world view in the Wesleyan Holiness tradition as servant leaders. Asbury seeks to enable students to acquire skills and attitudes that promote the holistic integration of faith, learning and living in a Christ-centered transformative community based on Biblical principles.

Mission statement

Asbury is a Christian liberal arts school dedicated to building the total student - mind, body and soul - to equip them for a lifetime of servant leadership. The school constantly strives to uphold its motto of, "Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality." Asbury's goal is to empower students to influence our global society in their professions, families and the church through their keen minds, servant lives and grounded faith.

Statement of faith

We believe: That the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments constitute the divinely inspired Word of God, that they are inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the final authority for truth and life. That all truth is a unity since it originates in God, and that God imparts it to man through His revelation in Jesus Christ, in the Scriptures, and in nature. That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. That Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that His atonement is for the whole human race, and that whosoever repents and believes through faith in Him is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin. That man was created in the image of God, that man fell into sin through disobedience and "so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12), that all human beings are born with a bent toward sinning, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in need of conversion. That entire sanctification is that act of divine grace, through the baptism with the Holy Spirit, by which the heart is cleansed from all sin and filled with the pure love of God. This is a definite, cleansing work of grace in the heart of a believer, subsequent to conversion, resulting from full consecration and faith in the cleansing merit of the blood of Jesus Christ.That the Holy Spirit bears witness both to the new birth and to entire sanctification, enables the Christian to live a godly life, to grow in the graces of the Spirit, and to walk blamelessly in His holy commandments. That the church is the body of Christ, and that all who are united by faith to Him are its members and love one another out of pure hearts. That the crucified body of the Lord was resurrected, that He ascended into heaven, and that His return will be personal and is imminent. That there will be a bodily resurrection, of the just to everlasting blessedness, and of the unjust to everlasting punishment. The institution maintains its historic Christian commitment and resists the public practice or propagation of beliefs alien to its Wesleyan Christian orthodoxy. It welcomes students though who have not come to that faith but are respectful of the institution, its mission, and its commitment.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating335 of 81749 of 100
Fund acquisition rating306 of 81738 of 100
Resource allocation rating318 of 81740 of 100
Asset utilization rating474 of 81767 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,390,994$7,315,671$9,888,126$12,253,677$11,461,023
Short-term investments$44,389,676$39,631,425$36,518,901$30,001,179$31,863,652
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$66,536,180$57,262,753$57,037,433$52,195,837$47,945,746
Long-term investments$15,859,824$16,021,231$15,771,722$14,571,759$14,218,144
Fixed assets$55,990,573$57,735,513$57,203,833$57,626,457$57,402,616
Other long-term assets$3,656,577$7,197,682$6,773,781$6,902,163$7,591,466
Total long-term assets$75,506,974$80,954,426$79,749,336$79,100,379$79,212,226
Total assets$142,043,154$138,217,179$136,786,769$131,296,216$127,157,972
Payables and accrued expenses$2,303,202$1,827,463$1,628,663$2,167,666$2,014,734
Other current liabilities$553,877$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,857,079$1,827,463$1,628,663$2,167,666$2,014,734
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,163,098$3,716,701$4,050,171$3,677,751$3,742,777
Total long-term liabilities$11,343,963$13,229,103$14,116,418$13,942,284$14,366,267
Total liabilities$14,201,042$15,056,566$15,745,081$16,109,950$16,381,001
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$27,707,631$24,799,044$24,338,682$21,966,324$18,955,249
Permanently restricted$40,900,289$39,127,591$37,382,862$36,544,618$35,083,099
Net assets$127,842,112$123,160,613$121,041,688$115,186,266$110,776,971
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,688,164$5,162,565$6,846,098$12,011,518$18,141,559
Program service revenue$45,816,516$45,915,299$44,203,259$43,890,653$42,621,033
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,443,638$1,513,182$2,759,105$666,506$1,764,922
Other revenue$900,281$914,767$937,818$1,195,810$1,001,361
Total other revenue$49,160,435$48,343,248$47,900,182$45,752,969$45,387,316
Total revenue$57,848,599$53,505,813$54,746,280$57,764,487$63,528,875
Program services$46,913,606$46,281,340$43,078,557$41,750,455$41,923,316
Management and general$5,924,887$6,093,814$7,198,361$6,976,385$7,537,235
Total expenses$54,180,208$53,837,967$51,655,119$50,347,163$51,056,036
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$3,668,391($332,154)$3,091,161$7,417,324$12,472,839
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,668,391($332,154)$3,091,161$7,417,324$12,472,839


Dr Sandra C GrayPresident$279,330
Glenn R HamiltonVP For Business Affairs$146,919
Dr William Hall JrVP For Enrollment Management$140,848
Bonnie BankerProvost (partial Year)$127,862
Dr Sarah B BaldwinVP For Student Development$127,404
Dr Mark J TroyerVP For Institutional Advancement$126,766
Mark WhitworthVP For Intercollegiate Athletics$103,542

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/26/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Asbury University was founded in 1890 as the fulfillment of a pledge the Reverend John Wesley Hughes, a Methodist evangelist, had made as a student at Vanderbilt University a decade earlier. He chose Wilmore as the school's location because it was situated within his evangelistic preaching circuit and because the townspeople had shown a willingness to support the financing of the initial physical plant. Originally named Kentucky Holiness College, the school was renamed to Asbury College to honor the founder of American Methodism, Bishop Francis Asbury. He was directly responsible for the organization of Bethel Academy in the 1790's. The first of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains, Bethel Academy was a pioneering Methodist school, located on the banks of the Kentucky River, approximately four miles south of the present Asbury University campus. On March 5, 2010, Asbury College was renamed to Asbury University, to reflect the institution's growth and further planned expansion in its master's level programs and international markets. Asbury University opened its doors for instruction in September 1890, stating in its bulletin that, "While we give prominence to the religious, we give equal prominence to thorough mental training; thus giving liberal culture of mind and soul." Since 1893 the University has graduated more than 20,000 men and women, among whom are college presidents, denominational leaders, business executives, medical doctors, lawyers, school administrators, and professors. A host of pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and other full-time Christian workers are also among the alumni, who have placed the Asbury University imprint around the world. Asbury University is an independent institution, held in trust by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. It is evangelical in its religious commitment, bound by its by-laws to those doctrinal standards established by John Wesley and his immediate successors. The University is not supported by any denomination nor does it receive government funds. Admission is open to any qualified student meeting its standards for matriculation.

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