Asbury Theological Seminary

B. L. Fisher Library

Academic Library · United States

First Fruits Press

Robert A. 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
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, Russian

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 2
  • Contracted by external groups: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 3
  • Currently inactive or archived: 7
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 30


Top Publications:
  • The Asbury Journal (journal)
  • The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies (journal)
  • Faith and Philosophy (journal)
  • Elementary New Testament Greek (textbook)
  • The Demise of the American Holiness Movement (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Wesleyan-Holiness
  • Christian missions
  • Christian life
  • Biblical studies
  • Church history


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Materials related to the Wesleyan-Holiness religious tradition
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

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

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