Pastoral Team

Dr. Tommy Gray

Lead Pastor

Tommy was born in Huntsville and grew up in nearby Arab. He began pastoring in 1983, at the age of 18. It was at this same time when he began attending UA Huntsville, and later received a degree in Management Information Systems. He went on to attend Memphis Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity, and completed his education with a Doctorate of Ministry from Asbury Seminary. Tommy joined the Asbury staff in 2012 as the Executive Pastor. He has a broad history of pastoral ministry that includes planting ClearBranch UMC in Trussville, where he was the Lead Pastor for twelve years, and serving as a UMC District Superintendent for four years. Tommy has a particular interest in new churches and mentoring the next generation leaders. He has been blessed to be in ministry in these areas on five different continents. In 2018, Tommy became the Lead Pastor at Asbury. Tommy is married to Carrie, and has two adult children, Matt and Breanne, and a son-in-law, Colby. He has three grandchildren, Millie, Corbin, and Emmie Rose. His hobbies include golf, listening to jazz music, and going to yard sales and concerts with his wife, Carrie.

 

Diann Ward

Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor

Diann has a BA in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from THE University of Alabama where she marched in the Million Dollar Band. She has worked in a variety of environments since graduation including banking and real estate and joined the staff of Asbury in 2010. Diann is married to her college sweetheart, Bill, and they have 3 children, who have all been active at Asbury since birth. Currently serving as an Executive Assistant, Diann loves her job and working with all the ministries here at Asbury.

Dr. Chris Montgomery

Executive Pastor

Chris was born in Tuscumbia, AL and grew up in Florence, AL. He began preaching while he was still in high school, and has served the local church in some capacity ever since. As a pastor, Chris has been honored to serve in several different churches and ministry venues over his 17 years of ministry. He has served as a student pastor, young adult pastor, associate pastor, and lead pastor in local congregations. He has also been involved with a number of inner city ministries in various locations across the U.S., as well as teaching people about God’s grace in different countries around the world. Chris’ main goal in life is to help people not only know what they believe, but why they believe what they believe. His passion comes from a deep desire to exalt Jesus above all things and edify people every time they gather in Jesus’ name. Chris is married to Emily, who is a High School Spanish teacher at Westminster Christian Academy, and they have one son, Eddie Ray.

Lori Frusterio

Executive Assistant to Executive Pastor

Lori grew up in the mid-west and still considers Kansas City her home. She grew up attending a very small church with her family each week, and made the decision very early in life to give her heart to Jesus. She moved to central Florida at the age of 19 where she began work at Kennedy Space Center, and attended classes at the University of Central Florida. She married her husband, Brad, in 1999 and they moved to the Madison area, where they currently live with their son, Noah. As a family, they are excited to be a part of a growing church on mission with God.

Bill Munts

Pastor of Operations

In 1993, Bill, his wife Paula, and daughter Kellie, relocated to the Madison area. Soon after settling, a son, Rick, was born. As members of Asbury since 1994, the Munts family has been involved in many areas of church life over the years. Prior to joining the staff at Asbury, Bill served on the Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Finance Committee, and the Long Range Planning Committee. In addition to tending to the facilities on the Asbury campus full-time, Bill enjoys working on older British sports cars and home renovation. As a Christian, Bill has been moving from being a seeker to growing deeper in his faith through Bible study groups and small groups. Bill earned a BS in Industrial Technology in plastics processing from Illinois State University in 1985 and has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and plant/facilities engineering management.

Chris Knox

Pastor of Engagement

Chris has been serving on the Asbury staff in different roles since 2008.  Whether leading worship, overseeing communication, or mentoring young leaders, her vision is to see the Church be unified in vision and passion for Jesus. She loves building teams of people rallied around common goals that bring a greater awareness of the presence of God among us. Chris and her husband, John, have been married since 1987, and have served in ministry together since then. In the early years of their marriage, they traveled and performed in a Christian rock band before Christian rock bands were really accepted in main-stream churches. That was fun! From there, they went on to be church planters in the St. Louis area, until they landed in Madison in 1997. In her spare time, she loves hanging with her kids and grandkids, having lake time, riding bikes, and laughing!

Rebecca Worlund

Assistant to Pastor of Engagement

Rebecca was born in Madison, AL and has been attending Asbury ever since. After 4 years away in Chicago, studying Theology at Moody Bible Institute, she returned home and fell in love with Asbury’s vision for the future. She is so excited to play a part in connecting all kinds of people to the church through social media, radical hospitality, clear communication, and whatever else Chris Knox dreams up. She married her mission trip sweetheart, Zeb, in March of 2018. They love coffee, concerts at the Ryman, farmer’s markets, and their dog, Trudy.

Crissa Letson

Pastor of Missions

Crissa Letson joined the Asbury Missions team in December, 2015. In her time at Asbury, she has served in Celebrate Recovery, Care Ministry, and Local Missions. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping Jesus followers to live out their calling in their daily lives. Crissa has been married to Greg, her very best friend, since 1998. Crissa and Greg have a deep passion to serve their community. God set a fire deep in their souls over 10 years ago to live on mission and it’s been a wonderful, wild ride ever since.

Deborah Timmons

Associate Pastor of Care

Deborah Timmons came to Asbury in June 2016. She serves as an Associate Pastor of Care and with Celebrate Recovery, a ministry for persons with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Deborah has a background that includes a certificate in computer programming, a BS degree Business Administration with a focus in Management, and a Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Psychology at Walden University. Deborah loves the Lord and has a deep passion for global missions and to see others to come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Deborah’s hobbies include working out in the gym, reading, and writing. She is the author of two books, Stepping Out, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Step Into Your Destiny, and Be a Risk-Taker and Watch God Move. She has also written three journals, God Thoughts, Hope for the Wounded, and Father Forgive Them. She is now writing her next book with more to come!

Peter Dahlin

Campus Pastor, Harvest

Peter has served in full time ministry for over 23 years, many of which were served in youth ministry. So, of course, Peter has a firm command of practical jokes and goofy group games. His love of the Bible and belief in the power of relational ministry explains his undergraduate degrees in Bible theology and church planting, and he is also finishing a Master’s degree in counseling. Peter’s desire is to see the body of Christ meeting the needs of the community and sharing the hope that is found in Christ alone. Peter married his wife, Rhonda, in 1994, and they have two kids, a high schooler, Pierson, and middle schooler, Sydney. When he can, Peter loves playing disc golf or anything with a Frisbee. As he steps into his new roll as Campus Pastor of Asbury Church Harvest, he is excited to serve the Harvest community and is convinced God is going to do great things.

Chari Patrick

Executive Assistant, Harvest

Chari is originally from Michigan, but for the most part, she has been raised in Alabama. She has an authentic passion for serving others any way that she can.  She has served in various leadership and volunteer positions since joining the Methodist church in 2010. Chari became Executive Assistant of the Harvest Campus in 2016. Chari has also served on the Agent Leadership Committee with Keller Williams Realty, and when you can’t find her at church, she is probably either enjoying time with her family or selling houses!

Dr. Alan Weatherly

Teaching Pastor Emeritus

Alan Weatherly came to Asbury in 1997, when the church was 10 years old. For many years Alan was an atheist. He became a Christian while working as an electrical engineer in Washington D.C. Alan also has a Master of Science degree in Soil Physics from Auburn University. He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary where he studied under Dr. Len Sweet. His doctoral work focused upon “The Spirituality of Jesus in the Postmodern World.” Alan has a special interest in the interface between science and faith. Also, he has a passion for the renewal of the Body of Christ through a growing hunger for the Lord in prayer and worship.  This renewal will result in God mobilizing a new generation to evangelize the world.  Alan and his wife Carla have two sons, Stephen and Patrick and a daughter-in-law, Rachel, along with their first grandson, Thomas. After 21 years serving as Asbury’s Senior Pastor, Alan has now assumed the role of Teaching Pastor Emeritus.

Care Ministry

Carrie Gray

Director of Care

Carrie was born and raised in Huntsville and finished high school in Guntersville. She loved life in Guntersville and could have never imagined leaving, much less marrying a pastor! Tommy and Carrie were married in 2008 and have since lived in Trussville, Pell City, and Owens Cross Roads, before moving to Madison in 2012. Carrie jumps at any chance to visit with family in Guntersville, Oneonta, and Paducah, KY. Sometimes these visits include spending time with her grown bonus kids, Matt and Breanne, and Breanne’s husband, Colby. She also loves spoiling her sweet grandkids, Millie, Corbin, and Emmie Rose. Previously Carrie played trumpet with the Asbury Orchestra! She has a natural gift of hospitality, and now she is a perfect fit for serving with Guest Services and the Asbury Care Team. Of course, Carrie loves Jesus too! A LOT! As she says, “He has, and continues to show me more grace than I could ever imagine or deserve.” Next time you pass the Guest Services Desk in the Grace Building on a Sunday morning, stop by and see if Carrie is there. She would LOVE to talk to you! 

Deborah Timmons

Associate Pastor of Care

Deborah Timmons came to Asbury in June 2016. She serves as an Associate Pastor of Care and with Celebrate Recovery, a ministry for persons with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Deborah has a background that includes a certificate in computer programming, a BS degree Business Administration with a focus in Management, and a Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Psychology at Walden University. Deborah loves the Lord and has a deep passion for global missions and to see others to come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Deborah’s hobbies include working out in the gym, reading, and writing. She is the author of two books, Stepping Out, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Step Into Your Destiny, and Be a Risk-Taker and Watch God Move. She has also written three journals, God Thoughts, Hope for the Wounded, and Father Forgive Them. She is now writing her next book with more to come!

Doug Wootten

Associate Pastor of Care

Doug was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the Lutheran Church.  He is an ordained clergy person with the Evangelical Covenant Church, and serves at Asbury as an Associate Pastor of Care. He is a retired Army Chaplain with over 31 years of experience serving in the military. Doug has a Masters of Divinity Degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling & Family Life Education, from Kansas State University. Doug has always had a passion to provide pastoral care for those in the hospital, those housebound, and those in care facilities. He enjoys counseling individuals and those who need help in strengthening their marriage. He also serves with the local Kairos prison ministry and the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville. He has had numerous years of experience working with men’s ministry, family ministries, in chapels, and in military and civilian communities across the world. Doug’s life verse is Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until he takes you home.”

Communications

Andrea Wilhelm

Associate Director of Creative Communications

In addition to helping our ministries tell their stories of impact through design, Andrea also manages the Asbury website. After graduating from Lee University with a B.A. in Public Relations, Andrea co-launched a Christian magazine into print before joining the Communications staff at Asbury. Now, she is grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves while supporting the church’s efforts to help people experience a deeper relationship with Christ. As Associate Director of Creative Communications, you may also see her staring at walls as she plans environment updates around campus, and when she’s not designing, traveling anywhere she has the chance.

Bobby Martin

Creative Media Producer

Bobby Martin was born and raised in the Huntsville area and completed his undergraduate degree in the Arts from University of North Alabama. He has a passion for storytelling in the motion picture format, particularly in the documentary style. He met his wife, Catherine, whilst at UNA. They dated for five years before they got hitched, finally, in July of 2016. They own a cat named Poly, and a hedgehog named Leonard!

Cate Garcia

Creative Communications Production Designer

As the daughter of church organists & choir directors, Cate’s gravitation toward serving in the church might be considered prevenient. She is passionate about engaging God’s people through the creative arts, and through her current position as Creative Communications Production Designer. Cate’s education and training include undergrad & grad degrees in counseling psychology, vocal & theatre classes, and stints in marketing & real estate. Cate has fun playing bass, loves to get lost in painting, and enjoys adventuring with her husband, Frank, and daughters, Brianna & Camden. She is blessed to be stepmom to three sons, two daughters-in-law, and Mimi to five grands. Cate may live in Harvest, but her heart is never far from the beach.

Contemporary Worship

Nathan Venegas

Director of Contemporary Music and Arts

It was in the 5th grade when Jesus captured Nathan’s heart in Mexico City where his parents were missionaries. As part of his music studies at the University of North Alabama, he interned with worship leaders John and Chris Knox at Rocket City Community Church in Madison, Alabama, where leading worship became real as a calling. He has been doing so ever since, serving local churches in North Alabama, Dallas, and Franklin, Tennessee. He also developed a passion to learn and develop skills in visual and technical arts as well. This opened a door to spend six years as a designer for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Momentum. A full-time ministry opportunity then led them to Athens, Alabama, where he currently lives with his wife, Faith, and three children. Nathan has also enjoyed working as a freelance creative consultant, helping with branding design and video production for companies such as Cici’s Pizza and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Nathan enjoys family road trips to Nashville for some Hattie B’s, reading to his kids, Auburn and Cowboys football (especially when they win), and making a mean guacamole.

Christi Spencer

Contemporary Music & Arts Administrative Coordinator

Christi, her husband, and two children relocated from Denver to Madison, five years ago.  They absolutely love all things Alabama! In their home, they say, “Roll Tide/Go Gators/War Eagle”! She is a former kindergarten teacher and is active as a “stay-at-school” mom in her children’s classrooms. She is passionate about adding value to the lives of others, both within her own family and in the community.  When she’s not reading, thrift store bargain shopping, or swing dancing, you’ll find Christi creating jewelry as a ministry to rescue children from human slavery for the A21 Campaign.  Christi is really excited to be on staff at Asbury and thankful to be able to help others find that special something with their purchase at Dwelling Place.

Mike McAlister

Associate Director of Contemporary Music

Mike was born and raised in Huntsville and was steeped in music from a very young age. He has played piano from the age of 5 and guitar from 7 and has picked up a number of instruments along the way. He has worked for the last 15 years as a private music instructor and has led worship at a number of churches as well. He also can be found playing music around town in a wide variety of musical acts ranging from blues to jazz to mariachi music. Through all that he does, he finds his true calling leading the body of Christ deeper into worship.

Phil Lee

Contemporary Worship Technical Lead

Phillip Lee has called the Huntsville area his home for over 30 years. He is currently serving as Asbury’s Tech Lead for Contemporary Worship, while also working a full time job in the IT and Cyber Security field. Phillip has a long history with Contemporary Worship; he was actually part of the tech team when the Contemporary Worship services were first formed, many years ago. He has served continuously over the years, growing with the Contemporary Worship services from the Sanctuary, to Five Points and now in the Grace Worship Center. Phillip and his wife, Lynn, have been married for over 20 years, and they have an adult daughter, Tori, who recently graduated from Mississippi State and moved back to the Madison area. Phil and Lynn also have three fur-baby Papillion’s, Buddy, Clover, and Crimson, which keep them jumping. Phillip still loves to volunteer, even with his busy schedule, and you’re likely to see him around most Sundays, whether he’s on staff or not.

Food Services

Gary Suders

Food Services Manager

Gary grew up in Pennsylvania and still loves the Steelers and Penn State football. He graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education. After working for 33 years as civilian employee for the Department of the Army in the fields of education, supply and logistics systems, he retired in 2006. In 2011, Gary came to work in the Food Services Ministry at Asbury, where he now serves as Food Services Manager.  He also is one of the lead coordinators for the Homeless Tent City Ministry, which feeds and provides spiritual nourishment to over 60 individuals each week. Gary is married to Linda, and together they have attended Asbury since 2007. They have a blended family of four children, and are the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Ron Wroblewski

Food Services Assistant

Ron grew up in Northwest Indiana and may be the only Notre Dame fan on staff, possibly in the whole church. Ron served in the Air Force and worked as a civilian employee for the Navy and Army in Human Resources. He retired in 2017 with over 40 years of Federal Service. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Business Management. Prior to coming to work in Asbury’s Food Services Ministry, Ron served that entity as a volunteer since 2003. He has served on Asbury’s Staff Parish Relations Committee and currently serves on the Contemporary Worship Tech Team, as well with Royal Family Kid’s Camp Ministry. Ron and his wife Maura have been married since 1990 and have two children, Zachary and Sarah. They reside in Madison.

Groups

Rhonda Montgomery

Director of Groups

Rhonda grew up in Florence, Alabama, a wonderful small town, with three awesome brothers. She attended The University of North Alabama. Rhonda and Charlie were married in 1986 and moved to Colorado for three years, then moved back to Alabama. In 1987, they joined Asbury UMC. They were blessed with three wonderful children, Ellen, Andrew, and Mary Beth. All three attended Bob Jones High School. and now, all three attend Auburn University, and one has graduated from Auburn. An Asbury mission that is very dear to Rhonda’s heart is Royal Family Kids Camp. RFKC is a week long overnight camp for foster children in Madison County. One question Rhonda is often asked: “How did you get plugged into Asbury when you joined?” Rhonda and her husband joined a Sunday morning class and to this day, they are still good friends with all of the members. Rhonda also joined a Bible study, and is still a member of this group. These ladies are a blessing in her life! Get plugged in and connected at Asbury because you will be blessed!

Pam Hanlin

Groups Administrative Coordinator

Pam Hanlin graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Family and Child Development. She received her teaching certificate from the University of Montevallo. Pam is married to Roy and has one daughter, Lindsay. Prior to their move to Madison in 2004, they lived in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi, Franklin, Tennessee, and Memphis. Pam has worked for Delta Airlines, Daniel Realty, Tarrant Board of Education, Hilton Hotels, and BellSouth Enterprises. For 17 years, Pam volunteered in churches and schools while she was a stay at home mom. Pam accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 8. Through her life experiences, she acknowledges that only God can fill the voids in her heart. God is her comforter. She desires to know more about Him and bring glory to Him in her daily life.

Guest Services

Dana Trulock

Director of Guest Services

Dana was incredibly blessed to grow up in a Christian home and always remembers feeling the love of Jesus. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned her BS in Business Management in 1987. She is an active civic volunteer, wife and mother. Being the wife of an active duty Army Officer for over 20 years afforded her the opportunity to travel the world and hold positions in a variety of organizations including The University of Maryland European Division, the United States Embassy, Abu Dhabi, UAE and the Military Child Education Coalition. Dana grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and in middle school her family moved to Kansas City, where she met her high school sweetheart. After attending college, they married in 1986 and began a life as a military family. In 2000, after nine moves with the Army, Dana’s husband was assigned to Redstone Arsenal, and their family quickly fell in love with the area. Soon after arriving, their family joined Asbury. She quickly became very involved in children’s ministry, volunteering for Kids Church, Vacation Bible School, and lots of other fun jobs. As their children grew, she transitioned to volunteering with women’s ministries. She was thrilled when the opportunity to join the staff at Asbury opened up in 2014. She jumped at the chance to work at the church that she loves so much. Dana and her husband, Troy, have two grown children; Whitney and Matt.

Harvest

Peter Dahlin

Campus Pastor, Harvest

Peter has served in full time ministry for over 23 years, many of which were served in youth ministry. So, of course, Peter has a firm command of practical jokes and goofy group games. His love of the Bible and belief in the power of relational ministry explains his undergraduate degrees in Bible theology and church planting, and he is also finishing a Master’s degree in counseling. Peter’s desire is to see the body of Christ meeting the needs of the community and sharing the hope that is found in Christ alone. Peter married his wife, Rhonda, in 1994, and they have two kids, a high schooler, Pierson, and middle schooler, Sydney. When he can, Peter loves playing disc golf or anything with a Frisbee. As he steps into his new roll as Campus Pastor of Asbury Church Harvest, he is excited to serve the Harvest community and is convinced God is going to do great things.

Chari Patrick

Executive Assistant, Harvest

Chari is originally from Michigan, but for the most part, she has been raised in Alabama. She has an authentic passion for serving others any way that she can.  She has served in various leadership and volunteer positions since joining the Methodist church in 2010. Chari became Executive Assistant of the Harvest Campus in 2016. Chari has also served on the Agent Leadership Committee with Keller Williams Realty, and when you can’t find her at church, she is probably either enjoying time with her family or selling houses!

Bridget Franklin

Director of Asbury Kids, Harvest

Bridget grew up in a small town in Northwest Alabama. Upon graduating high school, she earned her B.S.E.D in elementary education from Athens State University. She has taught multi grades and ages in the locals schools for 9 years. She joined Asbury in 2012, and took a year off from teaching to serve in missions in Romania. Upon returning from Romania, Bridget eagerly volunteered in kids ministry at Asbury. She now serves at the Director Kids Ministry at Asbury Harvest. Bridget has been serving in kids ministry with many roles for over 10 years. Bridget loves to play board games, travel, serve on mission trips, hike, camp, hammock, and enjoy fellowship with friends and family.

Greg Letson

Director of Worship, Harvest and Celebrate Recovery

Greg Letson was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Two things have been constant in his life, following and serving the LORD, and playing golf. Greg attended the University of Alabama where he played on the Alabama golf team and earned a degree in Sports Psychology. Greg married his wife, Crissa, Asbury’s Pastor of Missions, in 1998, and they moved to Pensacola, Florida, where their adventure began. Greg and Crissa love serving the LORD and His church as a team, and are always seeking out ways to live missionally. It was in Pensacola that Greg’s gifts in ministry became focused on leading worship, and since then he has always been willing to grab a guitar and help lead people a little closer to Jesus. Greg has voluntarily served on worship teams and as a worship leader in many different ministries at Asbury. He has now joined the staff to be the worship leader at our Harvest campus, and also leads the Celebrate Recovery ministry at the Madison Campus.

Lila McGrath

Custodian, Harvest

Kids

Lori Menikheim

Director of Asbury Kids Ministry

Lori Menikheim grew up in Madison County and has attended Asbury since she was 3 years old. As a child, she learned about God’s love and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She received her BA in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi in August 2004, and immediately began working as the Assistant Director of Music Ministry at Asbury. In the summer of 2008, God called Lori to work in children’s ministry. She began as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator before becoming Associate Director. Lori is excited to embrace her current role as Director of Asbury Kids Ministry. Lori loves serving with children and desires to see each of them come into a relationship with Christ. Lori lives in Madison County with her wonderful husband Brian and their two beautiful girls, Samantha and Abigail.

Caren Hosmer

Associate Director of Asbury Kids Ministry

Caren grew up in the Methodist Church tradition and was christened, confirmed, and married at the church where she grew up, in Birmingham. She moved to Dauphin Island in high school, and counts herself blessed to get to visit family at the beach! After graduating from Auburn with a degree in Psychology, she married Christopher, and became an Army wife. While stationed in North Carolina, Caren earned her Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. Caren and Christopher have two wonderful children, Dylan and Lydia, who love being a part of Asbury too. Throughout the different churches that Caren has been a part of in the different cities that she has lived, kids ministry has always been a place where she has felt called to serve, whether at VBS, Wednesday night activities, or Confirmation classes. She enjoys seeing and learning from the easy and uncomplicated love that children have for the Lord, and she considers it a great blessing to help encourage others on their walk with Christ. 

Hawah Brown

Asbury Kids Large Group Coordinator

Hawah Brown grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and has been a Christ follower for more than 20 years. She has served her country and her fellow peers in the Army for four years, putting their needs before her own.  She has a husband of 10 years, Maurice Brown, and three children, Maurice Jr., MarTwan, and Harmani. After being called to minister to kids in 2015, Hawah pursued and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. She has educated children about the gospel through various avenues, keeping the Word of God first. She looks forward to using her spiritual gifts and natural strengths to bring children to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Carla Osborn

Asbury Kids Small Group Coordinator

Prior to coming to work in Asbury Kids Ministry, Carla volunteered in many different aspects of Kids Ministry for years where she developed a love for God’s children and a desire to help them grow in their own spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Having begun her own walk with Christ as a child in elementary school, she is excited to teach today’s children about God’s love for them. Carla is a graduate of Faulkner University’s School of Business and worked in marketing for Intergraph Corporation and at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Space Camp. Originally from New York, Carla lives in Madison with her husband Chris, and their two children.

Danielle Westrope

Asbury Kids Nursery Ministry Coordinator

After attending Asbury for several years, Danielle Westrope and her family became church members in 2000. Growing up with a heart for children, Danielle began working in the Asbury nursery as a caregiver in March 2003. Danielle has volunteered with Student Ministry as well as Asbury Kids Ministry. Her latest role is that of Nursery Ministry Coordinator with Asbury Kids. Danielle has found a way to answer the calling the Lord has given her to help provide a Christ centered nursery for the families of Asbury and the Madison community. Danielle and her husband Drew have three children, Whitney, Nick and Dylan, and a granddaughter, Aria.

Tiffany McCauley

Asbury Kids Curriculum and Administrative Coordinator

Tiffany grew up attending military chapels with her parents, and accepted Christ as Savior at a young age. After graduating from Troy University with a degree in marketing, she married her husband, Kirk. The army later brought their family to Madison in 2003. While she was a stay-home-mother and also serving at Community Bible Study, Tiffany felt the call of God on her life as a ministry administrator. She is grateful to support the purpose of setting a strong biblical foundation in the lives of children at Asbury. Tiffany and Kirk have 4 children, Andrew, Abby, Anna, and Dominik, who keep them busy. They also enjoy board games, hikes and volunteering.

Missions

Crissa Letson

Pastor of Missions

Crissa Letson joined the Asbury Missions team in December, 2015. In her time at Asbury, she has served in Celebrate Recovery, Care Ministry, and Local Missions. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping Jesus followers to live out their calling in their daily lives. Crissa has been married to Greg, her very best friend, since 1998. Crissa and Greg have a deep passion to serve their community. God set a fire deep in their souls over 10 years ago to live on mission and it’s been a wonderful, wild ride ever since.

Karen Reece

Director of Global Missions

Karen and her family have been members of Asbury since 1993, and she considers it a tremendous blessing to be able to work on staff at the church she loves. She is married to Shane, and they have two daughters, Shelby and Madisen. Throughout the years, Karen has been actively involved in many ministries. Karen’s real passion is working with children. For the past 12 years, she has been involved with Royal Family Kids Camp, which serves foster children around Madison County. She also has traveled to China to serve with Shepherds Field Children’s Village. Karen believes God has placed her in the missions office for a reason, and she loves being able to help and serve others for Him.

Operations

Amber Petit

Church Accountant

Amber is a Huntsville native graduating from Johnson High School and UAH with a degree in accounting. She has a son, Zack, studying at The University of Alabama and a daughter, Maddie, at James Clemens. Amber has been a member or Asbury since 2003, and has been on staff in the finance office since 2007.

Betsy Hinken

Receptionist

Betsy is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (BA) and the University of Alabama (MA) with degrees in elementary education/special education. After 27 years as a resource teacher in the Decatur City Schools, she was a caregiver for several years before becoming a part-time receptionist in 2005 at Asbury UMC.

Cricket Carroll

Church Bookkeeper

Cricket grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) with a degree in accounting. She met her husband, Tim, at MSU and they were married in 1989 and have one son named Will, who is now in college at MSU of course! Cricket and Tim joined Asbury in 1991 and have been very involved ever since. After working several years with a local defense contractor, taking some time off, and working in a few other interesting positions, Cricket joined the finance office at Asbury in 2012.

Leeanne Kavanagh

Human Resources and Operations Administrative Coordinator

Leeanne trusted in God from a young age, but unfortunately waited until the age of 35 to make Him the Master of her life. Since then He has continued to amaze her in His unending mercy and grace. Leeanne worked in the Automotive Business for 33 years, working her way up to Controller for a local automobile dealership for 20 of those years. She is the wife to Tim Kavanagh, and mother to Katie, who lives in Chicago, and teaches English at DePaul University, and also to Laura, who is in her 3rd year of Medical School at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, and married to Jake Brown, Pastor at Sonrise Baptist Church in West Mobile. Her extended family is the Body of Christ here at Asbury, who she is much grateful and thankful for.

Mary Williams

Receptionist

Mary is a graduate of UAHuntsville. She worked at Intergraph for almost 15 years, where she met her rock-n-roll husband, Jeff. They were married in 1989 and made Asbury their church home shortly after. Mary has two children, Hannah and Reid, who are a never-ending source of entertainment and joy. After taking a short hiatus from working, she became a part-time receptionist at Asbury in 2007. Mary enjoys volunteering with both the Kids and Student Ministries. She thinks it’s a huge blessing to work in the place that also feeds her spiritual soul!

Mike Burrows

IT Specialist

Prior to joining Asbury in the Spring of 2011, Mike worked on Redstone Arsenal as a contractor, following a long and exciting career as a helicopter pilot in the British Royal Navy. He is married to Angela, who works as a Mary Kay Director, and they have two children. Their eldest, Victoria, is married and lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband, Austin, and two sons, Jacob and Daniel. Their son Christopher is a student at Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago. Mike and Angela have lived in Madison for 10 years and are permanent residents in the US.

Mike Woods

Maintenance Technician

Mike was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. Soon after the attack on 9/11/01, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to an advance infantry unit. He served tours in Asia and the Middle East. After returning home, Mike helped manage his father’s roofing company. He made the decision after several years to branch out and build his own company. In September 2014, Mike married the love of his life and they welcomed their son, Trip, into the world in November 2015. As a new father, he struggled with wanting to be at home each evening and the demands of being a business owner. Through a lot of prayer, he shut his business down and joined the Asbury team as our Maintenance Technician in July 2017 where he is able to serve Asbury through his years of contracting and restoration experience. When Mike is not working or playing with his son, you can find him on the golf course.

Special Needs

Elissa Leonard

Special Needs Ministry Coordinator

Elissa was baptized Methodist as an infant in Southern California, beginning a lifetime walk of faith guided by the love of her family and church. Some of her favorite childhood memories involve Sunday School and church youth groups. After attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Elissa began a career in public affairs, including serving seven years in the Administration of President George W. Bush. Her work in the administration blessed her with adventures around the world involving matters related to public diplomacy, national defense, global health, and education. Elissa met her husband, Steve, in Washington, and they were blessed with three children prior to moving to Madison for Steve’s work as an aeronautical engineer. All Steve and Elissa’s children were loved and educated at Asbury Weekday before moving on to elementary school, and their family joined Asbury Church earlier this year. Elissa has loved staying home with her children since they were born. When she learned of the opportunity to serve in the Special Needs Ministry though, she felt called to help Asbury reach out and partner with families living with special needs to help nourish and grow their relationship with Christ.

Students

Carl Schoenholz

Director of Student Ministry

Carl was born in Princeton, NJ in 1988. While he loved his childhood in the north, it’s hard to beat the warm weather, fried food, and cool accents of the south. He moved to Alabama during his high school years and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Psychology. Since graduating, he has been able to live out his dream and calling of being in ministry. He serves the students of Asbury and the surrounding community as the Director of Student Ministry. Carl loves the word of God, ultimate Frisbee, board games, chaos, nachos, and the outrageous minds of teenagers. War Eagle.

Jean Carville

Student Ministry Administrative Coordinator

Jean moved to Madison in 2010 from north Georgia, but was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her BS in Journalism and Communications from Louisiana Tech University and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College and State University. After years of teaching elementary school children and training adult educators, she has been blessed to land somewhere in between the two, working with the students of Asbury. Having been involved in Kairos prison ministry, Walk to Emmaus and  Chrysalis retreats, small groups, adult Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and children’s Sunday school, has helped her prepare for the busyness and excitement of student ministry. Jean and her husband, Neil, have three children, Sara, Abby, and Duncan.

Stacy Franklin

Associate Director of High School Student Ministry

Stacy was born and raised in Oklahoma, played college soccer for Mercer University, and graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education. After many years of both teaching and coaching soccer, Stacy, married Jon, and then followed God’s call to be at home to raise their four children. Now that the kids are all in school, she has been blessed with the opportunity to work with Asbury’s Student Ministry team. She loves the energy and excitement of being surrounded by teenagers! Asbury has been her church home for nearly 20 years. In addition to student ministry, Stacy has a passion for international missions and adoption.

Jacob Seifert

Associate Director of Middle School Student Ministry

Jacob was born in Massachusetts and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. He grew up actively loving, attending, and serving in the local church. Jacob attended the University of Tennessee studying History and playing hockey. After spending several years on staff with WinShape Camps, he is now here to begin a lifelong service in church ministry. Jacob spends his free time rock climbing, hiking, playing sports, or whatever else he might be invited to.

Emily Jacklin

Asbury Students Intern

Emily Jacklin was born and raised here in Madison. In her last three years of high school, she was involved in the youth ministry at Asbury where she fell in love with the Lord and gained a heart for loving and mentoring younger students. In 2016, she graduated from James Clemens High School. Emily is now the Asbury Students Intern where she helps with teaching, student events, and mentoring students. Last spring she graduated from Calhoun Community College with her associates in psychology and is now attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville to pursue her bachelors in psychology. She has dreams of one day becoming a Christian Counselor.

Stewart Lawler

Asbury Students Intern

Stewart was born in Huntsville and grew up in the Chase Valley area of Huntsville where his dad planted a church, Chase Valley UMC. He moved to Birmingham in 2007 when his dad became the pastor of Christ Church Birmingham. Since then, Stewart has been involved in leading worship and youth ministry. In 2016, he became the worship intern at Christ Church Birmingham and was there until August 2017. He then moved to Chatsworth, GA to become the worship intern at Global Youth Ministries and was there until February, 2018. After that, Stewart became the Contemporary Worship Intern at Asbury. Through that internship, he was recruited onto the Asbury Student Ministry team where he is now. Stewart loves music, watching the Braves, and most of all, Jesus.

The Dwelling Place

Lisa Miller

Bookstore Ministry Manager

Lisa grew up in southeast Ohio knowing about God, but not knowing Him as Lord and Savior. It wasn’t until she was pregnant with her first child in 1995 that the desire to turn her life over to Christ became real. Since then, grace and comfort have been found countless times at the feet of Jesus. She and her husband, Don, count their children, Kaylie and Alexander, first among their many blessings. As manager of The Dwelling Place Ministry, she is thrilled to be where her love of Jesus and lifelong love of books are brought together to honor and glorify God. Previously, she was a preschool teacher at Asbury’s Weekday program for 4.5 years and has held multiple retail and customer service positions over the years.

Traditional Worship

Terry Jackson

Director of Traditional Music and Arts

A Huntsville native, Terry Jackson joined Asbury’s music team in 2008 before becoming Director in 2012. Terry has worked in music ministry in one form or another most of his life, beginning as church pianist when he was 14. With degrees in Church Music and Biblical Studies, Terry has been in full time Christian ministry since 1985, serving churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama. Terry is a life-long student of the Bible, with a working knowledge of Biblical languages. He teaches piano both privately and at Ars Nova in Huntsville. An award winning director and performer, he continues to be involved in community theatre, both on stage and off, performing in plays (“All in the Timing,” “You Can’t Take it With You”), opera (Cavaradossi in “Tosca”) and musical theatre (Enoch Snow in” Carousel”). In addition to loving his Asbury family, he enjoys reading, movies, and travel.

Carmen Childers

Traditional Technical Specialist

Born in raised in Jasper, Alabama, Carmen has always had a passion for music and technology. When deciding a career path, he decided, “Why not both?” Carmen is currently enrolled at UAH and is finishing his BA in Music with an emphasis on the budding Music Technology department. Carmen has worked countless events throughout the state ranging from rock concerts to musicals to government conferences and is absolutely thrilled to call Asbury his newest home. When not performing with his band or doing tech work somewhere out in the universe, he can be found spending time with his family, working on art, or enjoying nature.

David Ragsdale

Traditional Music Orchestra Director

David began directing Asbury’s orchestra in 2011, after making Asbury his church home one year prior. In addition to conducting Asbury’s orchestra, he conducts the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at UAH. David and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Ella and Anna.

Dorene Gullatt

Associate Director of Traditional Music and Arts

Ron Guthrie

Traditional Worship Pianist

Ron has been an Instructor of Piano and/or Staff Accompanist at Martin Methodist College, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Moody Bible Institute, and University of Nebraska at Omaha, to name a few! Ron studied piano at Houghton College, Bowling Green State University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been a church musician for over 30 years. He has won numerous awards and had the privilege to work with many renowned singers, composers and master teachers including William Warfield and Philip Glass. Prior to settling in Alabama, Ron served on the liturgical staff of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York and site-managed St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero. Additionally, Ron works alongside his wife, Susan, as co-founder and manager of TWELFTH NIGHT, The Theater Company, an educational arts organization specializing in the theatrical production and teaching of classical verse literature.

Steve Schneider

Traditional Worship Organist

Weekday

Rosemary Hall

Director of Asbury Weekday

Rosemary has been a part of Asbury Weekday Ministry since its beginning when she served on their Advisory Board. Rosemary started as a teacher in 1992, then Assistant Director and has been the Director since 2001. She is married to David, and has two married daughters and three grandsons. A native North Carolinian, she moved to Madison in 1987, and started attending Asbury. She has considered Asbury her church home for 28 years. Rosemary has always had a passion to serve God’s Kingdom through the lives of young children and their families!

Marlee Martin

Associate Director of Asbury Weekday

Marlee Martin is a graduate of both the University of North Alabama and The University of Alabama. She spent 10 years in retail management before beginning a new season of her life as mom. God gave her a passion for family and children and she joined the Asbury Staff as the Nursery Coordinator in 1998. Her experience with Asbury Weekday began as a parent and then as a governing board member. She has been serving as the Associate Director of Weekday since 2001. She and her husband Bryan have two children and have called Asbury home since 1991.