The Florida Dunnam Affinity Group
A group for graduates of the Florida Dunnam Campus. For more information contact Sheryl Marks-Williams. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryl Marks-Williams is an elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received a BSc in Physical Therapy from Howard University in Washington D.C. and an MDiv. from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Since graduation she has been serving in United Methodist congregations, helping them to reorient their passions to Christ. Sheryl has also serves in the Emmaus and Kairos communities. She appreciates the connection of the UMC and serves on various committees and boards. She is a member of the Order of the Flame and continues to make Jesus Christ known whenever the opportunity presents itself. She is a retreat speaker and a worker for justice in her community.
Sheryl shares life with her husband Fred. She is currently enrolled in the PhD Intercultural Studies (Evangelism) program at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore.
Greg Kannon has been part of the Asbury Theological Seminary family since 2000. He graduated in the first class of the Florida Dunham Campus in 2003 with a Master of Divinity. Currently he is part of The Orlando Fellowship Team and serves as the Central Florida District Leader in the Free Methodist Church.
In 2003, Greg became a minister at Northland, a church distributed in Longwood, Fla., where he helped develop and launch three multisite locations. In 2006, he moved to help launch another church plant in the Orlando area. Greg then joined the Asbury Seminary Development Team and worked in the Southeast region until 2009. He also began teaching as an adjunct professor in Mentored Ministry at the Florida Dunham Campus in 2006. He is a founding member and serves on the board of two organizations: The Orlando Fellowship and also Samaritan Village, Inc.
He lives in Winter Garden, Fla. and enjoys reading, golfing, traveling, water skiing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. Kannon was married to an Asbury Seminary alumna and pastor, Kelly Kannon for 15 years until her death in early 2010.
After Asbury Theological Seminary alumnae, Rev. Don McMillan, and Asbury College alumnae, Rev. Jackie McMillan, informed their niece, Rev. Bette-Jo Foster, that Asbury was opening a campus in Orlando, it did not take long for her application to hit their desk. Not totally convinced at first that seminary was truly God’s plan, assurance came as every single minute detail to attend Asbury fell into place. A native Floridian, Foster began her seminary journey at the Florida Dunnam Campus of Asbury with 65 other charter students in 1999. While at the Florida Dunnam Campus, she helped establish and serve on the campus’ Student Body Association and served as its president before she graduated. The Alumni Association surprised and honored Rev. Foster with The Towel and Basin Award at graduation. Her association with the seminary provided opportunities to attend President’s Retreats and take trips to Israel with Dr. Robert Tuttle twice, to China with Rev. James Loftin and to Turkey and Egypt with Dr. Ben Witherington III. Serving the Asbury alumni provides her the chance to give back to the seminary God used to shape her into the pastor she is today.
She graduated from Winter Park High School mere minutes from the Florida Dunnam Campus; attended The Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1984; and received her Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2004. Today she serves her fourth church as pastor to Curlew United Methodist Church. When she is not at church, you will probably find her walking the beach or watching some college sporting event, usually something Penn State or Florida State. Pastor B.J. and her husband of almost 30 years, Bruce, consider themselves extremely blessed with three children: Shane, Victoria and Bobby.
Rev. Laura Berg is appointed to Extension Ministries within The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Chaplain for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care of Volusia/Flagler Counties. She is currently a provisional deacon and seeking full connection in The Florida Annual Conference. Berg was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. She graduated from Asbury College in 1981 and received her M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary-Florida Campus in 2006.
Serving as a paralegal in a busy law firm for 16 years, Berg encountered endless opportunities to share God’s love and grace within her sphere of influence and provide servant leadership. This experience, coupled with a passion for missions and outreach ministry, allowed Berg to sense God’s need for servant leadership beyond the local church. Berg states that her seminary years of study and outreach ministry opportunities available through the mentoring program at ATS Florida Campus provided deeper spiritual formation and clarity of her call to the Order of Deacon, while Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospice setting led to her extension ministry as a Chaplain.
She and her husband, Ward Berg, an attorney, currently reside in Edgewater, FL and are members of Coronado Community UMC. They have six grown children.