Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson leads traditional worship during “Traditions” at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and oversees all church operations and ministries. Kip has been the senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church since 2010 but has been preaching for more than 30 years. “There isn’t anywhere else on God’s green earth I’d rather be than at Asbury,” he says. “I find joy and fulfillment in this role each and every day.”

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Rev. Robert Mercer is the Pastor of Discipleship. He leads The Bridge Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. in Williams Chapel. He also oversees adult, family, youth and children’s ministries and has more than 25 of years experience working with students and families. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Timothy  4:12: Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

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Rev. Dr. Bill Morgan is the Associate Pastor. Bill comes with many years of ministry experience, having recently served as South Central District Superintendent in the UMC’s North Alabama Conference. “I believe in an intelligent, heart-felt, serving-hands faith,” he says. “God’s grace in Jesus Christ gives us the power and pattern to live with joy, serve with love, and die with hope.”

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Family Ministry

Angie Gongwer
Family Ministry Director
Kerrie Cheshire
Family Ministry Assistant
Susanne Warren
Kids Town Director
Savannah Salas
Kids Town Associate Director
Lori Junck
Preschool/Nursery Coordinator
Victor Trotter
Full Time Student Ministry Intern

Additional Ministries

Robyn White
Adult Ministry Director
Maggie Dunaway
Congregational Care Director
Ellen Dean
Recreation Director

Music Ministry

Nancy Beard
Music Director

Justin Ward
Orchestra Director
Ellen Stanton

Contemporary Worship

Jeremiah Toole
Contemporary Worship Coordinator
Mitchell Hastings
Contemporary Worship Leader


David Miller
Church Coordinator
Amy Gonzalez
Communications Director
Tricia Mazur
Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Trish Barnes
Church Receptionist
Krissie Klamer
Food Service Director

Audio/Visual Team

Matthew Butts
Audio/Visual Director
Michael Morris
Digital Engagement Manager


Leah Gardner
Karen Kirkpatrick

CASA (Day School)

Carolyn Ealy
Melody DiClemente
Administrative Assistant
Sherri Stovall
Administrative Director


Fred Azbik
Joe Terry
Assistant Director
Al Bredemann