Students from Drexel University participated in a Habitat for Humanity building project in Camden over the summer through Asbury Ministry. Students also participate in spiritual growth programs, fellowship, and a number of service projects organized by Asbury's co-pastors Tim and Amy Emmett-Rardin and student leaders.
On the evening of September 8, the Eastern PA Conference’s Asbury Ministry celebrated its long history of campus ministry and dedicated a new “home” on Drexel's campus.
The gathering, at Drexel University’s Intercultural Center, included Bishop Johnson, Southeast District Superintendent Christopher Kurien, former Directors Rev. Dean Snyder, Rev. Jim Hallam, Rev. Sharon Vandegrift and Rev. Tim Thomson-Hohl , board members (past and present), alumni, United Methodist clergy and lay persons, Drexel staff and current students.
The spirited evening began with music, food and conversation, and then moved into a celebration of Asbury’s ministry, which included remarks from Dean Snyder, alumnae Michelle Whittaker (now employed by GBCS) and current student Kristin Smith, one of Asbury’s student leaders. Bishop Johnson then helped lead a worship service to dedicate the new space.
Bishop Peggy Johnson (center front), students, and conference leaders participate in Asbury's opening celebration.
Rev. Vandegrift noted, “As a past Director and present member of the Board of the Wesley Foundation which supports Asbury, I felt proud of the legacy and excited by the potential for the future!” Rev. Donna Schofield Dolle shared, “the worship service with the student participation was very moving. The work of (Asbury’s) ministry is so important in guiding college age people on their journey of faith. We all know that this age group is notoriously missing from the local churches and Asbury Ministry is filling that gap.”
Asbury is currently the only Conference supported campus ministry in Eastern PA and is a recognized Conference Advance Special. Those interested in learning more about this ministry can visit Asbury’s website at www.asburyatdrexel.org or contact the co-pastors, Revs. Amy and Tim Emmett-Rardin at 215-895-2522 or Asbury@drexel.edu. Financial gifts can be made through the Conference Advance or via the website.
Below: Pastors Tim and Amy Emmett-Rardin (back row left and middle) and student leaders participated in a summer staff retreat to prepare for the return to the fall semester at Drexel University.