Dave Blystone, Pastor
Although I was raised in a Christian home, I did not come to faith in Christ until I was 25. At that time, I was an engineer at Cummins in Columbus. A few years later, God called me to pastoral ministry, so I became a ‘recovering engineer.’ I served a number of other churches in southern Indiana before being appointed to Asbury in the summer of 2011. My passion is helping people take the next step in their spiritual journey with Jesus Christ.
I enjoy photography, bluegill fishing, mission trips, most technical things, and hiking with my wife, Karen. I also enjoy spending time in Israel, seeing and learning more about the Holy Land. I have had the privilege of traveling to Israel 5 times, the most recent in March of 2018.
I met my wife, Karen, when I coached her women’s slow pitch softball team. I knew she was special at that very first practice. It took her a little longer to discover how special (not the word everyone uses!) I am. We have three children, Christopher (married to Molly), Erin, and Nate. We also have granddaughters, Zoey, Hannah, MacKenzie, and Ruby. As a family, we enjoy vacationing together at the beach at Topsail Island, NC.
Favorite Food: One of my rules is, “Never pass up a reuben.”
Heidi Warren, Children and Family Ministry Director
God has blessed me so much with a heart for ministering to children! My husband Mark, son Caleb and I have been attending Asbury since we moved here from Lexington, Kentucky in 2011. Mark and I have served in our Sunday morning children’s worship program, JAM (Jesus and Me) as volunteers since 2013. I am so humbled and blessed to serve our Lord through the Children’s Ministry at Asbury. God is so good!
Our family loves playing board games. Our current favorites are Rummikub, Monopoly Deal and Clue. I enjoy exercising, especially running and kickboxing. We are all readers and like to spend quiet time with a good book.
Favorite Food: Guacamole and chocolate (but not together!)
Kerry Meyer, Worship Director
I was raised in a loving home. My parents sacrificed all they had to provide for our family and I never knew we were considered poor. Although I was taught to believe in God, my family did not attend church. I asked Jesus into my life at 14 when dealing with constant high school bullying. Even then, I never pursued participation in church because my family didn’t attend. So Christ wasn’t all that real to me during that time. I began regularly attending church about two years after marrying my high school sweetheart, Kathy. Over the years I have grown closer to God and I don’t know how I survived without truly knowing Him.
I love music. I started playing in band in the 5th grade as a means to escape the classroom. I soon found that I loved playing music and my passion grew. I have played in bands through elementary, junior high school, high school, college, and in church.
I pray that in some small way I can be part of planting the seed of faith in other people’s lives through the beauty and art of music in worship.
Favorite Food: Alex’s Greek Pizza (Sausage, Mushroom and Onion yummm – Rolla, Missouri)
Kit Akins, Children’s Morning Out Director
I was first introduced to both Asbury United Methodist Church and Children’s Morning Out (CMO) as a parent. My younger children attended the program while I volunteered in my older daughter’s classroom. I loved the program so much that our family soon joined the church. I served on the CMO Board of Directors for several years before taking on the roll as director.
My husband, Mark, and I have three children – Whitney, Kaydee, and Max. We also have a sweet granddaughter, Oaklyn Danielle. We live in Columbus and enjoy spending time with our family, going to the movies, hiking, and traveling.
Favorite Food: Popcorn
Jennifer O’Connell, Administrative Secretary
My Journey with Asbury began in the summer of 2002, and I have the privilege to serve as the Administrative Secretary.
I came to know Jesus as my personal savior on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980. Wow! What a difference Jesus has made in my life. It is my joy to serve Him thru Asbury and in this beautiful community.
I am married and have two adult children and our hometown is in Columbus.
I love to read, fish, and spend time with my family! My favorite season is summer (I love warm weather!)
I am a breast cancer survivor and I give Jesus all praise!!
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ed Bruenjes, Organist
I was born on a farm in Kansas, but grew up in St. Louis, MO. I moved to Indiana in 1972 to attend Indiana University School of Music and major in organ. I’ve been a resident of Indiana ever since. I became the organist at Asbury in 1973 and also have responsibilities accompanying the choir and directing the handbell choir.
I have 2 daughters: Erica and her husband, David, live in Colorado. Krista and her husband, Dave, lives in Michigan.
Favorite Food: Ice cream
Shawn Wadell, Financial Bookkeeper
My husband, two children and I moved from New York to Columbus over fifteen years ago. I still miss the many NY hills and lakes, but love the beautiful Indiana sunsets and the Mill Race Park river walk. I have worked and volunteered with a variety of non-profit organizations, and joined the AUMC staff in 2008 as the financial bookkeeper. Visiting with family and friends, traveling with my husband, researching family history (and walking our two dogs) are how I like to spend most of my non-work hours in life.
Favorite Food: Blackcaps