Rev. Mitchell Williams and 158 members brought Asbury UMC to life in 1986. They envisioned the church to be truly open to all. It would give generously to its community. And, it would make faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Today, Associate Pastor Rev. Robert Mercer says all of those principles remain true for Asbury and its 2,500+ members.
Rev. Mitchell Williams visited Asbury this July as part of our Summer Institute and reminisced about starting Asbury. Then and now, Mitchell says most people aren’t looking for a church. “But they’d love to have a meaningful life and they’d love to be surrounded by people who love them. They’d love to hear some good words that effect how they do things. They’d love to have some guidance. And They’d love to have some way that children could grow.” That’s Asbury, he says.
The United Methodist faith is built on teachings of an 18th century cleric, theologian, and evangelist: John Wesley. Rev. Dr. Bill Morgan explains that there are five phases of Methodism: Being Christ centered, Biblically based, grace fueled, heaven hopeful, and living a caring lifestyle.
Congregational Care Pastor Rev. Maggie Dunaway explains what The United Methodist Church means by its welcoming slogan: Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. “We rely on the holy spirit to move within our lives; we have permission to explore and question faith without judgment or boundaries; and we believe in warmth and inclusion for all,” she says.