About Asbury

How we Worship, Serve & Grow


Worship reminds us that in God’s kingdom there are no borders or boundaries. All are welcome at God’s table. At Asbury we do traditional and modern worship and we’re led by male and female pastors.

Traditions Worship


On top of the 10% that supports global ministry in The United Methodist Church, Asbury tithes an additional 10% of its annual giving to local and international missions. We serve because it’s in our DNA and because Jesus commanded it in Mark 12:31: Love your neighbor as yourself.


UMC Founder John Wesley firmly believed that to stay in love with God, Christians must practice disciplines including daily prayer and reflection in study and scriptures. Asbury has robust programs for children, students, families and adults to help you do just that.

Our History

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, Minister of Discipleship Pastor Robert Mercer says all of those principles remain true for Asbury and its 2,220 members.

In February 2022, Asbury UMC launched a new brand that highlights its unique identity and celebrates all the ways it happily serves the community. Asbury is proud to be a United Methodist congregation but it’s even more proud to be Asbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL.

The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist faith is built on teachings of an 18th century cleric, theologian, and evangelist: John Wesley. Associate Pastor 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.

“Methodists are people who have God’s love shed abroad in their hearts." 

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Congregational Care Pastor 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.