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Meet our Team

Marilyn Elliott, D.Min., Vice President of Community Formation

Marilyn Elliott is our fearless leader who keeps our feet on the ground and our dreams soaring in the sky. She has lived all the way into being a grandmother and has a good eye for any life-giving opportunity. Marilyn has been married to Steve for forty years and still can’t believe how much fun her marriage is. Her pet of many years, ‘Walter the girl’ (cat), kills the birds Marilyn intentionally attracts to her yard with flowers and feeders. She sees both the humor and the tragedy of this. Marilyn’s interest is in how people are formed, and her Formation Mentoring class is a must for everyone. Read Marilyn’s blog here.

 

 

 

 

Karen Foldy, Administrative Assistant for Community Formation

Karen Foldy hails from Alabama and is a die-hard Alabama fan (Roll Tide!). She enjoys details, organization, and making things run smoothly from behind the scenes. Her daughter and son-in-law (Lauren and Mark Reyes) serve in a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Great Falls, Montana, and her youngest daughter (Anna) attends Asbury University. Her 4-legged child, Reba, brings lots of joy and laughter (not to mention protection!) to the household. Karen loves fall, the mountains, hummingbirds, and horses, so her heart is completely at home in Kentucky!

 

Rev. Peg Hutchins, Director of Community Formation

Peg Hutchins is a tiny powerhouse whose greatest motivation in life is love for God and witnessing lives transformed by Jesus. Peg’s secret strength is her husband of many years, Rick, a tall, quiet type who rides a Kentucky blue 1500cc Honda Gold Wing. On weekends, you will likely find Peg and Rick on the motorcycle exploring the scenic Kentucky countryside. Peg is a woman with a joyful laugh, twinkling eyes, and a ready hug for anyone she meets. She takes risks, keeps an open flexible mind for learning, and is always prepared to offer heart-deep hospitality to anyone who comes to her door.

 

 

 

Meg Donica, Administrative Assistant to Peg Hutchins

Meg Donica assists Peg Hutchins in her work as the Director of Community Formation.She is a newlywed New Mexican currently transplanted in Kentucky. As an ATS student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, she expects to graduate in May 2016.The cattle ranching life completely took Meg by surprise when she fell in love with her Oklahoma cowboy, Sam—qualifying her as somewhat  of an “accidental cowgirl.” Coming off the highs of their Summer 2014 wedding, Meg and Sam are settling into married life with great joy and excitement.When they aren’t studying or working, the Donicas love all things outdoors, cooking, card games, and their sweet, yellow lab Benny.

Heather Celoria, Florida Manager of Community Formation

Heather Celoria has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications, public relations, internet marketing and social media. She has managed large and small projects, working alone or managing teams of professionals. Heather has worked in multiple industries, including publishing, and worked for 5 years for the New York Times Company developing online revenue strategies. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration.

Heather is also a minister pursuing her Masters of Divinity degree. She loves Jesus. She loves the church. Part of her call in ministry is to help Christ-centered organizations with communications. She has worked for over 5 years managing communications for her home church and other ministries. In that time, she has learned what works well and where the challenges lie.

Heather assists the Office of Community Formation with web development, social media, writing, editing, and publishing. She also works on the Florida Dunnam Campus with the Healing Academy and assists in Prayer Appointments and Grace Retreats.

 

Tammy Cessna, Director of Alumni and Church Relations

Tammy Cessna is a graduate of Asbury seminary and spends her days at Asbury loving on the alumni community. She has three grown kids and a fuzzy dog, not to mention a great sense of fashion. The best thing about Tammy is her generosity and gentle spirit. If she can create joy, she does it without hesitation. And if you need a back rub, Tammy is the one to go to. This year Tammy’s work takes her to India and on an ‘educational cruise’ to Patmos and surrounding areas. We think Tammy has the best job on campus!

 

Mary Potter, Coordinator of Alumni & Church Relations

Mary grew up in Eastern KY, is the daughter of a Primitive Baptist Pastor, wife to Josh Potter, a UMC seminary student, and mother to Desmond and Sophia. You will often times find Mary at the beach any time the opportunity presents itself or embracing her creative side in the kitchen decorating cakes.

 

Formation Ministries

Medine Keener, Ph.D., Pastoral Care Coordinator

Medine is a daughter of Congo, Central Africa; wife of Seminary professor Craig Keener; mother of David, a teenager with an insatiable appetite; aunt of Keren, a sweet and blossoming teenager. She brings a cross-cultural perspective to formation issues, often recalling an African wisdom proverb to help solve a dilemma. Medine’s deep faith and wonderful laugh are two of her great gifts, often served alongside a loaf of home-made bread or the fruit of her garden.  Medine is assisted in Formation Ministries’ work by Liz Eberhart (Program Developer) and Stefanie Morgan (Spouse and Family Assistant).

Liz Eberhart, Program Coordinator

Liz Eberhart is from Eastern Kentucky, received her Masters in Counseling at Toccoa Falls College, and is currently enrolled in the Spiritual Formation program at ATS. Liz came to Wilmore for her husband Andrew to get an MDiv and quickly plugged into the community. Liz and Andrew have 2 amazing kids; Emma and Noah. Liz has a gift of connecting and loves to create safe spaces for students and spouses to experience authentic community. She is also an intern in the Healing Academy, which has been her favorite campus opportunity thus far. Liz brings great dedication, order, and creativity to the Formation Ministries team!

Stefanie Morgan, Spouse and Family Assistant

Stefanie Morgan moved to Wilmore from Minnesota in 2011 with her husband, JJ, and their three children to pursue JJ’s call to ministry and his MDiv degree. Their time here has been transformative, difficult, wonderful, and crazy all rolled up into a few short years. Stefanie has worked in Formation Ministries since the fall of 2012 and loves the mission and ministry of Community Formation, both with relational formation and spiritual formation. After a hard transition and first season here, Community Formation “is the department that helped me feel welcomed and valued as ‘just’ a spouse of a student,” so the work is near and dear to her heart. Stefanie is a mom, a wife, a baker, a runner (due to necessity, because of all the baking), a blogger, an artist, a hiker, an adventurer, a healer, a gardener (who lacks a green thumb), an avid reader, and a lover of nature (with the exception of all things creepy, crawly, or slimy). She is also a bit of a hippie, loves the funky and unique, and can  morph from a peasant, servant girl to a Vogue glamour queen with a twist of a hair tie!   She can make a “silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” and her hands to a task means the task will get done with excellence. 

 

Ryan Smith, Community Developer and Gardener

 

Ryan is an encourager who loves to build bridges, helping people do what God has called them to do. He worked in refugee resettlement for six years and was a missionary in the Balkans. Ryan’s wife Jyl, a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student, and daughter, Hope (and soon-to-be-born son, Justice) are excited to be part of the Asbury Seminary community. Ryan oversees the Community Garden: hosting garden parties and workshops, planting and harvesting, tending the bees and chickens, and cultivating a space for food, fun, and fellowship. Forgive him for being from the Pacific Northwest and loving all things Seattle, including their sports teams.

 

 

 

 

Laura Beach, Founder and Director of Equipping Lydia

Through the ministry of Equipping Lydia, Laura Beach guides individuals and groups through the process of spiritual formation. She journeys with others as they explore their understanding of God’s love, healing, and restoration. We consider Laura our department pastor as she encourages us, prays with us, and helps us “stay the course” as we minister to others.  She brightens our desks with fresh flowers and our days with an encouraging word. She loves polka dots and is re-learning to ride her yellow bike. Learn more about her ministry and opportunites for prayer at equippinglydia.org.