Meet our Team
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. Marilyn believes that life is a gift to be embraced daily. Her interest is in how people are formed, and her Formation Mentoring class is a must for everyone. Visit Marilyn’s blog
Administrative Assistant for Community Formation
Karen Thornton 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 Bowling Green, Kentucky, and her youngest daughter (Anna) attends Asbury University. She and her husband have 8 grandchildren!
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.
Administrative Assistant to Peg Hutchins
Heather is an ordained minister and ATS Master of Divinity graduate. Her work in ministry flows from a deep desire for transformative intimacy with God and others, and includes healing prayer and mentoring for those seeking to develop their spiritual gifts and callings. She also loves to create through music and writing, and to help others discover and express their creativity in worship and life. Heather has two children in college in her home state, Florida. Go Gators!
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!
Coordinator of Alumni & Church Relations
Megan Stuhmer is a farm girl from Ohio; so you know she loves the outdoors. She loves her husband, Josiah, and her two sweet kitties: Oscar Wilde and Evelyn. She enjoys crafting in many different mediums, reading, and baking (the kitchen is her second home!) She is so excited to serve as the coordinator of Church and Alumni Relations.
Alumni Support – Student Worker
Hannah Hutchinson and her husband, Nathan, moved to the Asbury community last summer after they got married in May. They are both Master of Divinity students and are enjoying going through seminary together. Hannah is from a small town in Mississippi and most recently lived in Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys exercising, being outside, music, and being with friends and family.
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 Bethanne Mostad (Program Developer) and Kerrie Book (Childcare Assistant).
Bethanne is a graduate of ATS with a Masters in Counseling. She loves her best friend and husband, Dan, and their 4 children (Micah, Anna, and 2 in Heaven). They are welcomed home every day by their incredibly loving happy, furry baby, Denver, the labradoodle. Bethanne’s heart will always be partially in Millersburg, Pennsylvania where she was raised on a farm in the small town by the Susquehanna River. She loved the big family parties and hospitality her parents modeled to her. Now she loves teaching her children the same thing. She and Dan met as students at New Student Orientation here at ATS years ago. Together, they bought their home and dedicated it to the Lord to extend hospitality and healing. Her bucket list is to go to culinary school. For now, she enjoys teaching her kids culinary skills and a love for cooking. On the weekends, you’ll find Bethanne with her family hiking on Asbury trails, at the library, or leading worship at Nicholasville UMC. She is thrilled to be a part of the team!
Kerrie Book is from Akron, Ohio and joined the Asbury community in the fall of 2014 when her husband Bob started his MDiv degree. Before coming to Kentucky, Kerrie taught art at an elementary school while completing her M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College. She is passionate about art, creativity, DIY projects, working with children, and coming alongside others as they journey through their Christian walk. She and Bob were married a few months before coming to Asbury. They love to travel and visited 21 states in their first year of marriage. Kerrie is excited to serve the Asbury community by being part of the Formation Ministries team.
Community Developer: Garden Coordinator
Natasha Turner originates from Maine and has arrived in Kentucky via many twists and turns. Married to Terry, the Seminary’s web developer, she home-schools their three children. She relishes the beauty in creation and strives to be continually learning from the Master Designer as she studies Permaculture. Her heart will forever be enthralled by other cultures, and she hopes to engage in foreign mission work again in the future.
Spiritual Director & Board Member
Through the ministry of Equipping Lydia, Laura Baber guides individuals and groups through the process of spiritual formation. As a spiritual director, she journeys with others as they explore their understanding of God’s love, healing, and restoration. With much joy, Laura also facilitates the Ministry of Spiritual Direction Training through Community Formation. This collaborative between Asbury Theological Seminary and the Center for Spiritual Formation is an exciting venture preparing future spiritual. Laura is the author of Rhythms of Restoration: A Field Guide of Mini-Retreats for the Hurting and Those Who Help Them (link ti http://store.seedbed.com/products/rhythms-of-restoration).
Click here to learn more about Laura and the work of Equipping Lydia: http://asburyseminary.edu/voices/laura-beach/
Erin Benjamin is thrilled to be serving Equipping Lydia and to be a part of an organization with such a beautiful vision for creating opportunities for renewal and restoration. She grew up in North Carolina and has partnered with her husband in ministry leadership over the past 15 years in many different settings, including local church and campus ministries. She has 5 beautiful children who keep her life full of joy and chaos. Her higher education began at Asbury Seminary and continued on at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon where she received an M.A. in Spiritual Formation. She is passionate about seeing others experience healing and freedom, and she loves the creative arts: music, poetry, writing and cooking!