Matt Penny – Asbury University
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Resident Director of Trustees Hall

Department:Student Life

Office: Trustees Residence Hall RD Office

Phone Extension: 2297

I grew up in Jonesboro, AR where I attended college at Arkansas State University. After graduation I worked as a collegiate pastor for First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, working primarily with collegiate leadership development, international students, and ministry programming. After leaving collegiate ministry I came to Wilmore in 2016 to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. After 5 years of graduate school I have finally completed my seminary education, and am excited to be working again with college students! I love that God has brought me full-circle as I have followed a call into vocational ministry!

I am currently engaged to my fiance, Marissa Cupp of Lexington, and we are set to be married October 30, 2021. We are both very excited to embrace living life together as newlyweds while living on campus alongside the students at Asbury!

I love to travel across cultures, I love to try and enjoy new foods, and am always searching out for great coffee shops! I play the trumpet, and enjoy working with media to create digital discipleship resources to reach Gen Z.

I look forward to meeting you and working alongside you as we make AU the best place to grow in faith and education!


  • B.A. Communication Studies, Arkansas State University (2014)
  • M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary (2021)
  • M.A. Leadership Asbury Theological Seminary (2021)

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