Asbury University and The Salvation Army: Partners in Achievement

Representatives of The Salvation Army, including (from left) Maj. Rob Lyle, Col. Barbara Hunter, Comm. Sue Miller '72 Swanson and Comm. Barry Swanson, met with Asbury University President Sandra Gray and Provost Jon Kulaga.
Representatives of The Salvation Army, including (from left) Maj. Rob Lyle, Col. Barbara Hunter, Comm. Sue Miller '72 Swanson and Comm. Barry Swanson, met with Asbury University President Sandra Gray and Provost Jon Kulaga.

Asbury University recently deepened its long-standing relationship with The Salvation Army by forming a partnership through which Salvation Army officers in the Eastern Territory can earn a bachelor of science in Ministry Management at Asbury.

Through this new partnership, officers who have earned an associate’s degree through The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training (Eastern Territory) can apply their previous education toward a specially designed online program in Ministry Management with an emphasis on Non-Profit Administration. The curriculum, which will be taught by Asbury faculty, is geared to be particularly applicable to the environment in which Salvation Army officers work and minister.

“Our shared theological perspectives and long-standing commitment to advancing the cause of Christ and serving His people make this partnership between Asbury University and The Salvation Army quite natural,” said Asbury President Sandra C. Gray. “We have valued the contributions of Salvation Army students in our traditional undergraduate programs for decades. This agreement puts an Asbury education within reach of even more capable and highly motivated individuals.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Salvation Army officers must meet all relevant academic and lifestyle standards of Asbury University. They will enter the program as a cohort and complete most of the classes online, with one-week intensives in New York (January) and May (Kentucky).

"The commitment that the Eastern Territory of The Salvation Army is making to the professional development of their officers is beyond significant — and it sends a clarion call not only to those currently studying at the College for Officer Training about how much they are valued by their leaders, but also to those considering a lifetime of service in The Salvation Army,” said Asbury Provost Jon Kulaga. "The curriculum is being co-developed by Asbury University faculty in partnership with senior Salvation Army leaders to ensure that the projects, papers and application exercises for each class in the major is geared to be optimally relevant to the officer's context of service."

Asbury and The Salvation Army have shared a strong and mutually beneficial relationship for more than 80 years. The first “Sallie” came to Asbury University in 1924, and through the years more than 500 Salvationists have attended Asbury University. Of those, more than half became commissioned officers including corps officers and local officers, divisional and territorial leaders, three national commanders and a former General.

Today, Asbury University is the only college with an official Salvation Army Student Center, which was built in 1983 with the support of all four Salvation Army Territories. As evidence of the historical and long-time relationship, members of The Salvation Army have raised $2.5 million in partnership with Asbury University to name the new Center for Communication Arts in honor of Andrew S. Miller ’45, Retired Commissioner of The Salvation Army.

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