J. Ellsworth Kalas

Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas

Address204 N. Lexington Avenue
Wilmore, KY 40390

Professor of Preaching, Asbury Theological Seminary

B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1951
B.D., Garrett Theological Seminary, 1954
Honorary degrees, Lawrence University,

Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas is a former president of Asbury Theological Seminary.

After 38 years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio, and five years as an associate in evangelism with the World Methodist Council, Dr. Kalas came to Asbury in 1993 with the opening of the Beeson program. He came to teach preaching and to serve as mentor to the Beeson pastors. He joined Asbury Seminary’s School of Theology preaching faculty in July 2000.

More than 30 of his books have been published by a variety of publishers, as well as 12 adult study quarterlies for the United Methodist Publishing House. He has recorded the entire Bible on audiotape, along with his Grand Sweep devotionals. Additionally, he is the author of Christian Believer, an intensive study of Christian doctrine produced by the United Methodist Publishing House for interdenominational use. A video component, Behind the Pages, has recently been added to his book, Parables from the Back Side. He has two adult children, and his wife, Janet, whom he married in 1994, has two adult children.

Areas of Interest

Narrative preaching; Church revival;

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