The Florida Dunnam Affinity Group
B.J. Foster, Chair
After Asbury Theological Seminary alumnae, Rev. Don McMillan, and Asbury College alumnae, Rev. Jackie McMillan, informed their niece, Rev. Bette-Jo Foster, that Asbury was opening a campus in Orlando, it did not take long for her application to hit their desk. Not totally convinced at first that seminary was truly God’s plan, assurance came as every single minute detail to attend Asbury fell into place. A native Floridian, Foster began her seminary journey at the Florida Dunnam Campus of Asbury with 65 other charter students in 1999. While at the Florida Dunnam Campus, she helped establish and serve on the campus’ Student Body Association and served as its president before she graduated. The Alumni Association surprised and honored Rev. Foster with The Towel and Basin Award at graduation. Her association with the seminary provided opportunities to attend President’s Retreats and take trips to Israel with Dr. Robert Tuttle twice, to China with Rev. James Loftin and to Turkey and Egypt with Dr. Ben Witherington III. Serving the Asbury alumni provides her the chance to give back to the seminary God used to shape her into the pastor she is today.
She graduated from Winter Park High School mere minutes from the Florida Dunnam Campus; attended The Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1984; and received her Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2004. Today she serves her fourth church as pastor to Curlew United Methodist Church. When she is not at church, you will probably find her walking the beach or watching some college sporting event, usually something Penn State or Florida State. Pastor B.J. and her husband of almost 30 years, Bruce, consider themselves extremely blessed with three children: Shane, Victoria and Bobby.
Rev. Laura Berg is appointed to Extension Ministries within The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Chaplain for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care of Volusia/Flagler Counties. She is currently a provisional deacon and seeking full connection in The Florida Annual Conference. Berg was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. She graduated from Asbury College in 1981 and received her M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary-Florida Campus in 2006.
Serving as a paralegal in a busy law firm for 16 years, Berg encountered endless opportunities to share God’s love and grace within her sphere of influence and provide servant leadership. This experience, coupled with a passion for missions and outreach ministry, allowed Berg to sense God’s need for servant leadership beyond the local church. Berg states that her seminary years of study and outreach ministry opportunities available through the mentoring program at ATS Florida Campus provided deeper spiritual formation and clarity of her call to the Order of Deacon, while Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospice setting led to her extension ministry as a Chaplain.
She and her husband, Ward Berg, an attorney, currently reside in Edgewater, FL and are members of Coronado Community UMC. They have six grown children.