Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, announced during morning worship on Sunday, Feb. 2, that the Trustees and Faculty of Asbury Seminary will award an Honorary Doctorate to Rev. Shane Stanford.
Dr. Tennent stated that each year Asbury awards an honorary doctorate to a person ‘whose commitment, scholarship and achievements in leadership for the church and world merit recognition and award.’ Dr. Tennent said that Asbury received nominations for the award from all over the world, and it is considered one of the highest honors the Seminary can bestow.
“Rev. Stanford’s writing and leadership in the local church have touched so many lives,” said Dr. Tennent. “Asbury Seminary is very proud to be a part of celebrating Rev. Stanford’s ministry journey.”
In addition to serving as our Senior Pastor, Rev. Stanford is the author of 12 books including Five Stones (co-authored with interim University of Memphis President Brad Martin, Abingdon 2013) and More Than Words (Abingdon 2014).
“I am deeply humbled and honored by this award from Asbury Seminary,” said Rev. Stanford. “Though I am not a graduate of Asbury, the Beeson Institute at Asbury Seminary literally changed the trajectory and quality of my ministry.” The Beeson Institute is a three-year post-seminary program that includes nine modules in church leadership and growth. “Because of the Beeson Institute, I am grateful and feel very much a part of the Asbury family,” he said.
Asbury Seminary launched the Asbury-Memphis Extension Site in the fall of 2013 in partnership with Christ Church Global at Christ United Methodist Church. This past fall, the TN Department of Education approved the program as a complete residential site for theological education.
Rev. Stanford will receive his doctorate at the May 2014 Commencement of Asbury Theological Seminary at the Dunnam Campus in Orlando. The Dunnam Campus is named in honor of Dr. Maxie Dunnam, former President of Asbury Seminary and former Sr. Pastor of Christ Church.
Rev. Stanford is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, and they are the parents of three daughters: Sarai Grace (17), Juli Anna (14) and Emma Leigh (9).