EIGHT ATS Alumni Honored Among the Top 25 Fastest Growing Large UM Churches 2019
God’s faithfulness can be clearly seen regardless of the size of the church you are serving. And, our Office of Alumni staff have a very special place in our hearts for the faithful shepherds over the smaller churches, which often go unnoticed.
However, we celebrate churches of all sizes where our alumni are serving, and when they are publicly recognized, we love to hear about it and pass those congratulations on. We acknowledge that growth small and large happens where faithfulness in ministry exists, and are proud to announce that 8 of the 25 fastest growing large United Methodist Churches this year are led by our own alumni!
Two of our current Board of Trustees members are on this list, one of whom took the number one position!
We know you work very hard, and applaud your faithfulness through every season. We also acknowledge that this is not simply about the people who are serving, but also is an indicator of the faithfulness of God to keep you in ministry and to provide this growth, as we know such things are evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work. Here’s to ministering out of a Spirit-Filled Life!
Here’s the list of our Asbury Theological Seminary graduates who are leading those growing churches, their graduating year, and their placements in the top 25:
Dale Locke, c/o 1988
Community of Hope
Loxahatchee Groves, FL
*Dale also currently sits on Asbury Seminary’s Board of Trustees!
Jeff Kersey, c/o 1981
Rurel Ausley, c/o 1980
*Rurel also currently sits on Asbury Seminary’s Board of Trustees!
Jeff Harper, c/o 2011
Jay Hanson, c/o 2003
Brad Kalajainen, c/o 1981
Doug Kokx, c/o 1985
First UMC Clermont
Talbot Davis, c/o 1990
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