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. Visit Marilyn’s blog
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.
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!
Megan Stuhmer, 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.
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 Kerrie Book (Childcare 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!
Kerrie Book, Childcare Assistant
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.
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 opportunities for prayer at equippinglydia.org.
Natasha Turner, Community Gardens
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.