Vincent awarded Francis Asbury Award

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Alisha Vincent, associate provost for program development and chair of the Nonprofit Church Leadership program at DWU, has been awarded the Francis Asbury Award for 2020.


Dr. Vincent has played a pivotal role in spearheading and advancing the Nonprofit Church Leadership graduate certificate program at DWU. The NPCL program is a joint effort of DWU and the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church that launched in July 2018 with participants from South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota. The program has expanded to include ministry leaders serving outside of traditional congregations and its geographic reach has stretched with the inclusion of ministry leaders from Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.


“One of the great joys of my professional career has been working with ministry leaders in this program. It has been so rewarding to witness the ways pastors apply the administrative knowledge and skills gained in this program to making real and important impacts in the congregations and ministries they serve,” said Vincent.


The Francis Asbury Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church’s ministries in higher education at the local, district or annual conference level of the church.


The award is named in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury and his call to establish a school in the vicinity of every church.


Dr. Vincent’s work and dedication to the university, the NPCL program and every student and clergy member has been monumental in expanding and impacting the church and setting the bar high and laying the framework for success for years to come. 


To learn more about the NPCL program at DWU or to recommend a pastor for the program, please visit