We are a growing family awakening to God and living on mission.
Back in 1986, a little warehouse on Patton Road in Madison, Alabama, became known as Asbury United Methodist Church. Led by founding Pastor Marcus Long, Asbury was the first United Methodist Church to be organized in the Madison community in more than 100 years. As the city of Madison grew, so did Asbury as it became one of the fastest growing churches in the South. A contemporary service was soon added to the traditional service, and under Dr. Alan Weatherly’s compassionate leadership, even people who didn’t attend Asbury were looking at what God was doing through this family of faith. Asbury came to be known in the community as a place where people could be cared for and connect with the love of God.
Multiplying for the Future
Asbury continued to grow as more people flocked to encounter God through multiple styles of worship, robust kids and student ministries, and Bible studies. With an increased focus on being grounded in prayer and sent on mission, the Asbury family built on the strength of our past to love God and love our neighbor. What started in the little warehouse multiplied into a sprawling center for transformation and has since propelled Asbury to become a multi-site church under the leadership of Dr. Tommy Gray, who came to Asbury as an associate pastor in 2012. In 2017, Asbury’s Harvest campus was established after coming alongside the former Crosswinds Church to continue reaching our neighbors.
By 2018 when Dr. Tommy Gray became the current lead pastor, five services were being held on Sunday mornings in Traditional, Contemporary, and Harvest, as well as a growing online presence through live-streaming Contemporary services and adding an online Mobile worship experience in 2020.
A Contagious Legacy
As we live out our vision of being a growing family awakening to God and living on mission, we celebrate that people of all generations are connecting in authentic relationships with their neighbors where they love and care for those in our community and around the world.
With a plan to lead the Asbury family to live generously as we partner with God and live on mission, we pray to see spiritual awakening happen in marriages and families, our surrounding communities, and beyond. Drawing on our heritage from over 30 years ago, we will take great risks to see His transformation continue to spread beyond ourselves. We will leave a legacy that far outlasts us all, influencing future generations to pursue a life-changing and contagious faith.