Asbury Theological Seminary

B.L. Fisher Library

First Fruits Press

Robert Danielson, Scholarly Communications Librarian
Phone: 859-858-2351

Program Overview

First Fruits Press reprints and publishes new material relevant to the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition of Asbury Theological Seminary and for the global mission of the Christian Church for the furthering of the Kingdom of God. We view Open Access Publishing as giving back to God the fruit of our work.

Publishing Activities Began: 2012
Location: United States
Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
Open Access Focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
Peer Reviewed Journals: 66%

Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1
  • Paraprofessional staff: 1
  • Graduate students: 2
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, contracted by external groups; monographs.

  2019 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Campus-based Faculty-driven Journal4442
Campus-based Student-driven Journals
Faculty Conference Papers and Proceedings4141414
Journals for External Groups 111
Student Conference Papers and Proceedings
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses

2019: New publications from July 2018 to June 2019. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that may be offered in some form as OA, but are also available as a paid version.


Top Publications:
  • The Asbury Journal (journal)
  • Faith and Philosophy (journal)
  • Elementary New Testament Greek (textbook)
  • Soul Care: Deliverance and Renewal Through the Christian Life (monograph)
  • Holiness Through the Ages: An Historical Reader of Christian Writers on Holiness (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Wesleyan-Holiness
  • Christian missions
  • Christian life
  • biblical studies
  • church history


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students

Openess to Partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
Best publications to refer to our program: Materials related to the Wesleyan-Holiness religious tradition.

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • text
Softwares & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • author advisory – copyright
  • cataloging
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • ISBN registry
  • print-on-demand
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house
Service Vendors: KDP