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GU's Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

By Carla Morris

Greenville University is pleased to announce the addition of two trustees to the University’s Board of Trustees: Bishop Keith Cowart, one of three bishops serving in leadership with the Free Methodist Church-USA, and Rev. Dr. Kristen Marble, an educator, pastor, and writer.

Local and Global Leadership

Keith-CowartCowart provides leadership to Free Methodist Churches in the Eastern Seaboard and the South Central U.S. He also oversees the Free Methodist work in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He previously served as Free Methodist superintendent of the Southeast Region in the U.S. 

Prior to his leadership roles with the Free Methodist church, Cowart served 27 years as lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Columbus, Georgia. Cowart planted the church in 1997. In 2018, it averaged 1,000 Sunday attendees, and its church staff numbered 20. Under Cowart’s leadership, the church gained wide attention for its racial diversity, a key to its growth.

Cowart holds a doctorate in ministry and a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He also holds a bachelor of arts with a major in business from Georgia Southern University. 

A Heart For Community Partnerships

Kristen Marble serves the West Morris Street Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis asKristen-Marble senior pastor. She also chairs Free Methodist African Immigrant Ministries, works with FM churches in Bangladesh, and serves on several denominational and community boards. Her community leadership includes work with groups that address issues surrounding community development, homelessness, and pregnancy support.  

A prolific writer, Marble has published many commentaries and articles, in addition to two books: The Scriptures of Jesus and the Early Church (Light & Life Publishing, 2018) and The Second Scriptures: The Scriptures About Jesus and the Early Church (Light & Life Publishing, 2019). She teaches at several seminaries and universities, including Greenville University.

Marble holds a doctorate in ministry from Northern Seminary, a master of divinity from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and undergraduate degrees in German and chemistry from University of Idaho. 

About GU Trustees

Members of GU’s Board of Trustees represent broad interests, callings, and gifts. Though their areas of expertise vary—human resources, financial services, counseling, education, health care, corporate leadership, nonprofits, marketing, media and more—they share a common love for Greenville University, its mission, values, and community.

Learn More

GU’s Strategic Plan
Greenville University: Economic Impact
Institutional Assessment
2018 Alumni Survey

GU trustees give time, talent and finances to help students succeed. Join them in funding a scholarship today through The Greenville University Fund. Thank you for giving.

This story was published on March 30, 2020

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