Dean of Chapel

Meet the Chapel Staff

Rev. Jessica LaGrone

Dean of Chapel

  • BA in Biology, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas
  • MDiv Asbury Theological Seminary
  • DMin (pending) 2022 Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

Jessica LaGrone became the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 2014. She is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States. A native of Texas, Jessica is an ordained pastor who served churches in the Houston area, most recently serving for nine years at The Woodlands Methodist Church near Houston, Texas.

Jessica’s books and studies include Out of Chaos; Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story; Under Wraps; Broken and Blessed: How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World; Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings; and The Miracles of Jesus. Jessica is a contributor to an all-church Advent study called Under Wraps and is the New Testament video presenter for the Disciple Fast Track series. Her works have been used in personal and group studies around the world.

Jessica and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate.

Emily Allen

Coordinator of Worship

Emily Allen has been the Coordinator of Worship since June 2021. She is a graduate of Houghton University (College) with her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a current MDiv student at Asbury Seminary. Emily is passionate about worshiping Jesus and raising up leaders in the church to do the same. Her favorite part of her job is working collaboratively with the Chapel Intern Team, as together they learn the theology of worship and plan Chapel services.

Emily is originally from Penn Yan, New York and plans to eventually return to New York to serve as a Methodist pastor.

Melanie Daniel

Administrative Assistant

Melanie Daniel has worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Chapel Office since April 2022. Her favorite part about this role is finding ways to connect team members to opportunities of fellowship and growth.

Melanie loves experiencing many “firsts” through the eyes of her two boys, Brian and Porter, keeping up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her husband, Adam, and snuggling her fuzzy poodle, Bijou. Melanie is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and enjoys traveling to new places with her family.

Chapel Interns

Lauren Kruse

Lead Intern

Lauren Kruse has been the Lead Chapel Intern since August 2022. She graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Elementary Education and a supplement in ESL instruction.   She is currently an M.Div. student at Asbury Seminary.

Lauren is passionate about creating spaces where people do life together while seeking to encounter Jesus in their daily life. As she continues to work with the Chapel Team Lauren especially enjoys learning more about the theology of worship and healthy ministry leadership practices.

Originally from Pasadena Texas, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors – either hammocking with a good book, or hiking local trails and looking for new glimpses of God’s goodness. After completing her degree she hopes to return to Texas to serve as a Methodist pastor.

Greg McElyea

Music Intern

Greg is a current doctor of ministry student. Having recently finished his coursework, he is now focusing on his dissertation. His project explores the effects of participating in group spiritual direction on participants’ attachment to God and attachment to their faith community.

Before moving to Wilmore, he served in various pastoral and lay ministry capacities in the local church. Among other things, this included 23 years of music ministry experience as a vocalist, pianist and organist. His more recent responsibilities in music ministry also involved worship leadership.

Greg loves the Asbury community, and he is excited to be a part of the chapel team at the Wilmore campus.

Cade Gremillion

Liturgical Intern

Cade Gremillion has been the Liturgical Intern since the fall of 2022. He graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Asbury.

Cade’s favorite part of his role on the chapel team is working with like-minded friends in stewarding a special time to meet with God amidst the turmoil of daily life. He is originally from Lancaster, Ohio, and enjoys hiking and watching sports.

Nathan Wells

Projection Intern

Nathan Wells is a husband to Libby, father to Eleanor, Elijah, Oliver, and Aidan, and most importantly a follower of Jesus. In 2009, after serving in the Navy, he began working full-time in church ministry. During this time, he served as a missions director and a children’s and student’s pastor.

Nathan holds degrees from ORU (B.A. Church Ministries, 2015) and Liberty (M.A. Theological Studies, 2018). Recently, Nathan has relocated has family to Asbury Seminary to complete his MDiv.

The Chapel Intern Team

The Chapel Team is a group of 12-15 students who work together to plan and lead worship in Estes Chapel. As a team, the interns focus on loving God and neighbor, learning in community, and leading together.

Chapel Internships are a two-semester volunteer commitment open to students and spouses. Interns assist in the day-to-day operations of the Chapel Office. Interns develop a close working relationship and receive mentoring from both the Dean of Chapel and Coordinator of Worship. Together, this unique team seeks spiritual growth, personal piety, and leadership development by giving one’s self to God in worship, prayer, and conversation. The Internship Program is designed to be a living laboratory to learn and practice worship planning, creativity, detail management, and leadership. This is a ministry opportunity unlike any other. Serving as a Chapel Intern is a great place to grow in the knowledge of theology and practice of worship.

Interns are asked to give 10 hours per week in servant leadership. They attend a weekly team meeting that consists of worship planning, team building, and theological/spiritual/leadership formation, and they attend a retreat at the start of each semester. Additionally, interns will have specific duties during Chapel including set up, counting attendance, greeting, etc. Chapel Interns will have a greater opportunity to lead in Chapel through scripture reading, prayer, leading liturgical elements, hosting and preaching in Daily Eucharist, and other unique opportunities. The Chapel Office is committed to helping interns grow in their knowledge of worship leadership, and equipping them to lead a worshiping community in the future.

The Chapel Team may be used as Mentored Ministry I or II credit (non-local church option). The Chapel Intern Team recruits new interns at the end of each Spring Semester. To apply, reach out to chapel@asburyseminary.edu and be on the lookout on our social media for the application.