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 in 2022 for Summer Institute and reminisced about starting Asbury. Then and now, most people aren’t looking for a church, he said. “But they’d love to have a meaningful life and they’d love to be surrounded by people who love them.” That’s Asbury, Mitchell said.
The United Methodist faith is built on teachings of an 18th century cleric, theologian, and evangelist: John Wesley. Rev. Mike Holly 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.