Commencement Weekend, May 8-9

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College’s commencement weekend is May 8-9, 2009. Baccalaureate service is Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Commencement will be Saturday, May 9 at 12 p.m. in the Luce Center. For more information on Commencement Weekend, including a full schedule of activities, visit

This year’s commencement speaker is Mr. Howard L. Dayton. Mr. Dayton graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1967, after which he served as a naval officer for two and a half years. He developed a successful railroad themed restaurant in Orlando, Fla., in 1969 and began a commercial real-estate career in 1972.

In 1974, after a business partner challenged him to study the Scriptures to discover what God teaches about handling money, Dayton’s life was profoundly changed. The Lord gave him a passion to share the life-changing principles he discovered, and he founded Crown Ministries in 1985.

For the past 22 years, Dayton has served as Crown Financial Ministries full-time unpaid volunteer CEO. This ministry merged with Larry Burkett’s Christian Financial Concepts in the fall of 2000 to become Crown Financial Ministries, the world’s largest financial ministry.

Dayton has authored several books, including Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map, and most recently, Money and Marriage God’s Way.

On Friday evening, Rev. Stanley Key will address the seniors at their families at Baccalaureate. Since 1994, Rev. Key has been the Senior Pastor at Loudonville Community Church in Loudonville, New York. The church, located in the Capital District of upstate New York, is a growing, evangelical community with a strong commitment to local ministries and world evangelization. In addition to his work with the Loudonville Community Church, he also serves as shepherd for a church-planting organization in French-speaking Africa.

Stan and his wife, Katy Kinlaw ’75 Key, served for ten years as missionaries with OMS International, where they worked on a church planting team in the suburbs of Paris, France. Before going overseas, Key pastored a United Methodist Church in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill., for three years. He also served as a student pastor in rural Kentucky and worked as a youth director in a church in Virginia. 

Key earned a B.A. degree from Asbury College in 1975, a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. in missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has completed additional graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, and at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique in Vaux-sur-Seine, France.

Released: April 27, 2009

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