Meet our Team

Rev. Nicole Sims

Director of Community Formation | 859.858.2331

Nicole Sims joins the leadership of the Community Formation Team with a diverse cross-cultural and ministry background having served as a missionary in Germany, the United Kingdom, Ghana, and the Philippines, as well as, pastoring in the United States.

Nicole grew up on a farm in Iowa and is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, where she met and married her remarkable husband, Kirk.   Nicole and Kirk have two sons, Aidan and Eli.  She particularly enjoys the Wilmore sunsets, a good belly laugh, and anything with chocolate.  Nicole is glad to be serving the Asbury Theological Seminary team as we together, fix our eyes on Jesus!

Dave & Laura Hunter 

Kalas Village Community Mentors

Dave and Laura Hunter are both graduates of ATS, twice over. They have 5 children, 5 more who married into the family and 5 grandchildren. Dave is a Mental Health Counselor and an Army Chaplain. Laura works on campus, leads women’s retreats and conferences and together they live and work in Married Student Housing, Kalas Village.  Their delight in life, along with their grandchildren, is meeting and ministering to each of the families of Kalas. They have been in ministry together for 36 years.

Formation Ministries

Medine Keener

Ph.D., Pastoral Care Coordinator | 859-858-2315

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 Abi Sipe (Childcare Facilitator).

Abigail Sipe

Childcare Facilitator, Renewal Retreat Coordinator | 859-858-2373

Abi received her MA in Mental Health Counseling. She grew up in Millersburg, Pennsylvania surrounded by farms and delightful fresh air! She married Lydon in 2015 and they immediately moved to Wilmore to begin their lives together. Abi and Lydon enjoy hiking, reading, hosting people in their home, and seeking out opportunities to love people where they are.

Abi and Lydon both come from large families, and have a deep love for children. Abi would like to someday open up a mental health practice back in Millersburg, and has a desire to provide animal-assisted therapies to children. As the Childcare Facilitator, Abi is dedicated to making sure your children are given the best care during your family’s time at Seminary.  

As Renewal Retreat Coordinator, Abi is thrilled to be able to work with you in crafting a personalized retreat with the Lord. Compassion fatigue and burnout have negative impacts on ministry, and Abi is passionate about facilitating opportunities for individual healing so that retreat participants can return rejuvenated to the calling that God has placed upon their lives.

Emmanuel Jatau

Community Developer: Garden Coordinator | 859-858-2378

Emmanuel Jatau is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). He served as an Associate Pastor with ECWA Seminary Church, Jos, Nigeria for eleven years and as the senior pastor for four years before leaving for studies in Asbury in the fall of 2014. Emmanuel also served as the assistant chaplain of Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS) for three years and as the senior chaplain for eleven years and is also presently a faculty member. Emmanuel holds dual degrees from Asbury Seminary (MA Spiritual Formation and Intercultural studies) and is currently a PhD student in Intercultural Studies (Development). Emmanuel loves gardening and currently works as the coordinator of the Garden of the Nations in Asbury Seminary. He has a passion for empowering young people in areas of entrepreneurship. Emmanuel is married to Lydia and are blessed with two daughters Shalomel Jatau (17) and Sophie Jatau (15).