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!

Dr. Chris Coppernoll

Associate Director of Community Formation | 859.858.2098

Dr. Chris Coppernoll is the Associate Director of Community Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He directs Men’s Formation and The Healing Community at Asbury and his greatest passion is seeing the Asbury community grow to maturity in Christ.

Before planting a church in New York, Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and worked in Nashville’s Christian music industry. He founded the Soul2Soul Radio Network and authored six books with Thomas Nelson, Howard Publishing, and David C. Cook. He is married to a celebrated novelist, Christa Parrish, and together they have four children – Gray, Jacob, Claire, and Noah.

Mrs. Laura Hunter 

Kalas Village Community Mentors

Laura and her husband, Dave are both graduates of ATS. They have 5 children, 4 more children through marriage, and 7 grandchildren. Dave is a Mental Health Counselor and retired Army Chaplain. Laura leads the Children’s Formation program on campus and ministers to the families in Seminary Housing. They have been married and in ministry together for 39 years.

Dr. Medine Keener

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

Medine Moussounga Keener is a daughter of Congo Brazzaville, Central Africa; wife of Seminary professor and NT scholar Craig Keener; mother of David and Keren. As the Pastoral Care Coordinator in the Office of Community Formation, Medine 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.

Mrs. Abigail Sipe

Administrative Assistant | 859-858-2373

Abi grew up in Central Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed working on the family horse farm. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Asbury University, and her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is wife to Lydon and mother to their daughter, Tobi. Abi’s dream is to utilize animal-assisted therapies in mental health counseling, and to partner with professionals in other disciplines in providing opportunities for holistic health and wellness. She enjoys music, hiking, horseback riding, painting, baking, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Rev. 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 they are blessed with two daughters Shalomel Jatau and Sophie Jatau.

Mr. Andrew Neely

Student Chaplain

Andrew Neely is a current Master of Divinity student in his second year here at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the chaplain for Newton Grice student dorm located in Wilmore, KY in the heart of bluegrass country. Andrew is passionate about the new and returning student’s formation and is receptive to his personal transformation by the Holy Spirit. He is devoted to recovery ministry, leadership, and disaster relief. Andrew enjoys athletics of all kinds, worshipping, basking in God’s creation, and spending time one on one with his brothers and sisters in Christ!

Mr. Joey Hambrick

Student Chaplain

Joey is originally from NJ. Growing up Joey spent the majority of his time playing sports and performing in music. Joey later attended Pillar College in the city of Newark NJ where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and Counseling. During his time in undergrad, he worked in the social work field. However, God had other plans for his life and called him to leave behind his pursuit for psychology and counseling to follow in a life of full time ministry. As a result, he spent two years working for a youth missional organization known as Young Life in the city of Salem. Joey also served as an Assistant Pastor at Sharptown UMC in a small town known as Pilesgrove NJ before transitioning to seminary.  Joey’s heartbeat in ministry is Jesus and people. As a result, what he is most excited about is the journey of walking alongside people.

Mr. Ram Budhathoki

International Student Worker

Ram Budhathoki received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Theological College in Singapore and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Before coming to Asbury, Ram served as the Principal of Nepal Ebenezer Bible College for eight years. At the same time, he also served as a pastor of Srijana Church, Kathmandu. Born and brought up in a beautiful mountain village in Nepal, Ram loves to be in nature and enjoys hiking. God’s beautiful creation offers a plethora of spiritual formation images, says Ram. From his small town, Ram enjoyed the majestic view of some of the highest mountains in the world. He missed it very much. Ram is married to Adna Thapa, a loving mother, committed disciple of Christ, and gifted worship leader. They are blessed with two boys, Jason and Nathaniel. For Ram, the faith community plays a vital role in believers’ mutual growth in their spiritual lives. Therefore, he enjoys being a part of the Community Formation Team which fosters spiritual transformation in the community.

Ms. Emily Mahoney

Student chaplain

Ms. Marybeth Scheibel

Student Chaplain