Marilyn Elliott, D.Min.

Vice President of Community Formation

Marilyn oversees and guides the Community Formation work. Marilyn is a connector and community builder who supports her team without reservation. Her constant new ideas alternately terrify and inspire her team members. Marilyn and her husband, Steve, have pastored three churches over the past 32 years as well as served extensively overseas. Marilyn teaches on transition, leads the women’s formation development program, participates in chapel events and teaches as an adjunct in the Spiritual Formation degree program. Read Marilyn’s blog here.

 

 

Medine Keener, Ph.D.

Family Formation

Medine is a daughter of Congo, West Africa, wife of Seminary professor Craig Keener, and mother of David, a teenager with an insatiable appetite. She brings a cross-cultural perspective to family and formation issues, often recalling an African wisdom proverb to help solve a dilemma. Medine’s deep faith and wonderful laugh are two of her great gifts, often served alongside a loaf of home-made bread or the fruit of her garden.

Medine is assisted in the Family Formation work by Liz Eberhart (Program Developer) and Stefanie Morgan (Ministry Assistant).

 

Rev. Peg Hutchins

Healing and Spiritual Direction

Peg is our resident spiritual director and healing prayer guide who has spearheaded the development of the Healing Prayer Academy at Asbury Seminary over the past decade. Peg works with individuals and through Grace Retreats as a catalyst for healing and wholeness. If you can’t find Peg sitting and listening intently to someone, she is likely with her husband Rick, riding on the back of his 1500CC Kentucky Blue Honda Goldwing, hair in the wind, roaring across the rolling Kentucky byways.

Peg is assisted in the Healing and Spiritual Formation work by Bryan Moore.

 

 

Ryan Smith

Global Community Development

Ryan is an encourager who loves to build bridges, helping people do what God has called them to do. He worked in refugee resettlement for six years and was a missionary in the Balkans. Ryan’s wife Jyl, a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student, and daughter, Hope are excited to be part of the Asbury Seminary community. Ryan has a heart for cross-cultural community building, peacemaking, and leadership development. Forgive him for being from the Pacific Northwest and loving all things Seattle, including their sports teams and Starbucks coffee.

Ryan is assisted in the Global Community work by Ebi Peter and Manuel Padilla.

 

Sarah Jackson

Administrator in Chief

Sarah is a mother of two tiny spunky girls, and she is the glue that holds the Community Formation Department together. (We are not kidding.) In her graduate studies, Sarah is working to integrate ethics and spiritual formation for the purpose of discipling spiritual friendships within the church.

Sarah shares her life with husband, Jason, beloved Hebrew nerd (a.k.a Teaching Fellow). Sarah has a heart for the marginalized, and her compassion flows out in all kinds of practical directions. She is wise and funny and can be bought with a donut if it is fresh.

 

 

Sean Gladding