Asbury Ministry: Making disciples among Drexel students

Asbury Ministry (formerly Asbury Protestant Ministry) at Drexel University is the only full-time campus ministry supported by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. As the United Methodist/ecumenical Christian presence on campus, Asbury is an inclusive, open-minded, justice-seeking ministry, striving to help students, staff and faculty live out what Jesus called the two greatest commandments: loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.  Through worship, study, prayer, fellowship, service and social action, we seek to deepen our understanding and practice of Christian spirituality and social justice.

Asbury Protestant Ministry: discipling young adults

Pastors Amy and Tim Emmett-Rardin are co-campus ministers at Asbury Protestant Ministry and co-executive directors of the Wesley Foundation of Philadelphia (the body which oversees the ministry).  Pastors Amy and Tim are responsible for Christian programming and pastoral counseling for students, faculty and staff at Drexel. They are also active members of Drexel’s Interfaith Council.

Pastor Amy received her M.Div from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2002, and a B.A. in English, with secondary certification, from Otterbein College in 1995. She is an ordained United Methodist clergy member of the Eastern PA Conference and a certified spiritual director. In addition to her work with Asbury, Amy serves part-time as Pastor of Family Ministries at Covenant UMC in Springfield, PA.  Pastor Tim received his M.Div from Drew Theological School in 2004, and a double B.A. in English and Communication from the University of Michigan in 1994.

According to its website, “Asbury is an inclusive, open-minded, justice-seeking Christian ministry at Drexel, striving to live out what Jesus called the two greatest commandments: loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.”

Through the avenues of worship, study, prayer, fellowship, service, and social action, Asbury helps lead Drexel student down the path of deepening discipleship.

Some of the fellowship activities include Dinner & Dialogue @ THE WELL on Tuesdays at 7 pm.  This includes worship, followed by a free home-cooked meal and fellowship.  According to Pastor Tim, “THE WELL is inspired by the story of Jesus’ profound encounter with the woman at the well (John 4:1-42), and describes our weekly gatherings intended to provide nourishment for mind, body and spirit!”   Pastors Tim and Amy also lead students in conversation on questions of theology, spirituality, and faith at Theology on Tap on the first Monday of the month.   Friday Fellowship includes opportunities to go ice skating or do other low-cost or free student-friendly activities.

Small Groups at Asbury, made up of 4-6 students, help student to deepen their spiritual lives, and connect more meaningfully with fellow students. Groups are open to any student (undergrad or grad), though some are designed for a particular population- first-year students, graduating seniors, grad students, men/women, etc.

Pastor Tim emphasizes living one’s faith: “Asbury is always exploring ways to put our faith into action, not only through hands-on community service projects but through education, political advocacy and ongoing work for social change, PEACE with JUSTICE.   Asbury sponsors a variety of one-time and ongoing projects (most are monthly) with a number of community-based nonprofit agencies in the Philadelphia area.  Those agencies include Grace Café at Arch St. UMC,  providing a simple meal and other programs/services for those who are homeless;  Habitat for Humanity; MANNA, helping to prepare meals for homebound persons living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses;
St. Francis Inn,  providing meals for homeless (and other low-income) folks at this restaurant-style soup kitchen; Philabundance, sorting donated food items for distribution to area shelters and other hunger relief agencies.

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