New Members of Asbury Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees

These new Trustees were elected November 2018. We welcome their leadership for Asbury Theological Seminary! Check back next month for more information on our current Board of Trustees.


With an MS in Geology, Sherree Funk worked in both Exploration and Research for Shell Oil Company in Houston  for eight years. She left Shell to raise her three children and got involved in serious Bible study through Bible Study Fellowship and Disciple Bible Study at FUMC Houston.  She coordinated the Disciple program at Munholland UMC in Metairie, LA for eight years. Her love of the Bible continued to grow through many Beth Moore group studies.  She has taught bible courses for adults and teens at churches in New Orleans and Pittsburgh for 29 years and for several years was the Children’s Director for a new Community Bible Study (CBS) class in Pittsburgh. She is also the creator and sole proprietor of, where she has written and published five guided teen bible studies designed to teach and engage the next generation. Mrs. Funk earned her Certificate in Christian Studies from Asbury in 2006, and credits online coursework at Asbury Theological Seminary for enhancing her Bible knowledge and teaching style.

She is passionate about ending the world water crisis and is involved in the National Leadership Council of World Vision, the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world.  She co-leads the Christian Discipleship signature initiative in the current Every Last One campaign – an effort to raise $1 billion by 2023. Along with her husband Jim, she has traveled to Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Honduras to see the work being done by World Vision, and has gained a real love for God’s people living in difficult circumstances.


Hwa Yung is a Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He grew up in Malaysia, and studied science at Tasmania, theology at London, and missiology at Asbury. He has served as a pastor, Principal of the Malaysia Theological Seminary, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity Theological College, Singapore. He retired from the Methodist Church in Malaysia after being the bishop from 2004 to 2012. He has also served in various international ministries, including being a past Chairman of the Board of the Oxford Centre for the Mission Studies, Oxford, and a member of the Congress Planning Committee for the 3rd Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization, Cape Town 2010. Currently, he maintains an active free-lance ministry largely within Malaysia. His writings have focused mainly on mission and Asian Christianity. He and his wife, Bee Teik, have three children, Yang Jerng, Xin Ping and En Ning.

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