Ken Pickerill, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Ken PickerillAthletics Compliance Coordinator

Department: Science & Health

Office: LU 160

Phone Extension: 2258

Dr. Ken Pickerill is Chairperson of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Professor of Physical Education. He has been a faculty member at Asbury University since 1991. He also serves as the Coordinator of athletic compliance for the University and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).

Prior to Asbury he served as a member of the faculty of Wingate University (NC), was honored as Educator of the Year for Special Populations in North Carolina and was the president of the Board of Directors for the Union County (NC) Group Home. For eight years he coordinated events and volunteers for both the Union County and the Piedmont Regional Special Olympics Games (NC).

In addition to the publication of a book pertaining to the health and wellness of persons serving as members of the clergy, Dr. Pickerill has published articles in the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society Journal and the Asbury Theological Journal. He has given presentations at seminars and conferences in Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio on the subject as well. Other research pertaining to pedagogy and learning styles has been published in the SRATE Journal and presented at a teacher educators’ conference in Illinois.

Current community service includes holding the offices of president of the board for the Martha R. Jones Foundation for Health Education and vice-president of the Foundation for United Methodists, a scholarship-granting board on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society.

Dr. Pickerill is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (West Ohio Conference). He has served as a pastor in local church parishes in Ohio, North Carolina, and Kentucky. He is married to Linda, an instructor of piano, both privately and for Asbury University. They are the parents of two children, both graduates of Asbury University—Christine (’97), (husband, Rick Durrance) and Andrew (’03), (wife, Courtney, ’06)—and grandparents of six grandchildren.


Ph.D.–Physical Education, The Ohio State University (1984)

M.A.—Adult Education, The Ohio State University (1977)

M.Div.—Pastoral Ministry, Asbury Theological Seminary (1973)

B. S.—Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Miami University (OH) (1970)

Courses offered: 

  • REC 422 Planning, Design and Maintenance of Leisure and Sport Faciilities
  • REC 362 Program Planning
  • REC 252 Church Recreation
  • PED 361 Sports Skills II
  • PED 360 Sports Skills I
  • PED 321 Adaptive Physical Education
  • PED 210 Introduction to Health and Physical Education
  • PE 111 Activity classes: basketball, volleyball, disc golf, tennis, badminton, and racquetball

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Book chapter – “Health and Recreation: Educating the Whole Person” in Cornerstones of Spiritual Vitality: Toward and Understanding of Wesleyan Spirituality in Christian Higher Education.  Jon S. Kulaga and J. Paul Vincent, General Editors. (2009)

Co-author – A Robust Ministry: Keeping a Pure Heart, Clear Head, and a Steady Hand. (with Dr. Donald Demaray) (2004)


“Holistic Health: A Look Back While Looking Forward” KAHPERD, Lexington, KY (November 2014)

Current research/scholarship: 

Dr. Pickerill is continuing his research in health and wellness from the Wesleyan theological perspective as it pertains to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness.


Kentucky Assiciation of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

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