August 2018  
Upcoming Events


BSA Merit Meeting
6:00 PM
Asbury Room
Boy Scouts
6:30 PM
Fellowship Hall


Ladies' Breakfast
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meet at the Einstein's Bagel in Severna Park


AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Asbury Room
7:30 PM


Prayer Shawl Ministry
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM


AA Meeting
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Asbury Room


8:00 AM Church Service
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
11:00 AM Church Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Endowment Meeting
12:00 PM
Hathorne Room
College-Age Bible Study
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


ACCPC Board Meeting
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Meets in the Hathorne Room
NA Meeting
7:30 PM


BSA Merit Meeting
6:00 PM
Asbury Room
Boy Scouts
6:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Bible Search
Staff and Officers
Lead Pastor

Jennifer Karsner

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Rev. Jennifer Karsner is the daughter of career army officers, who lived all over the U.S. growing up. She earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park (2004) and her Masters of Divinity (2007) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. During her time at college Rev. Jen was a Peer Minister with the Wesley Foundation. She volunteered in Christian Ministry of the National Parks, working in Grand Teton National Park, planning and leading weekly worship services for park employees and guests. Rev. Jen has traveled in Israel and Jordan, visiting historic Biblical sites and participating in an archeological dig exploring how material objects from Biblical times inform faith. Rev. Jen interned at Glen Mar UMC during seminary. Rev. Jen served for six years as the Associate Pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, Maryland, and recently completed the Lewis Fellows Program at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.  She is a representative on the Young Adult Council of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is married to Scott Karsner. They have 3 children:  son, Peter (born in 2010); daughter, Grace (born in 2013) and son, Mark (born in 2014). The Karsner family is excited to be a part of the Asbury UMC community!

Choir Director

Debra Kampsen

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Youth Director

Scott Karsner

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Scott Karsner grew up in Voorhees, NJ. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees (2007) from Catholic University in Washington DC and is a Registered Architect in the State of Maryland. During his time in college Scott was a Peer Minister and choir director with the Wesley Foundation at the University of Maryland.  Scott has volunteered on the Faculty and Board of Directors for the Interdenominational Young People’s Conference (IYPC) since 2004. IYPC is a non-profit organization that hosts a Christian conference for high school students one week during the summer in the Pocono Mountains. The primary emphasis is for youth to know and serve Jesus Christ. At IYPC, Scott has lead classes, evening programs, small groups and played in the worship band.  Scott previously has volunteered at Calvary UMC in Mt Airy MD with the youth group for 6 years where he taught bible lessons, was a confirmation mentor, planned and attended outreach activities, lead and attended weekend retreats. At Calvary UMC Scott also participated in the Praise Band, led College Age Bible Study, and took Disciple 1. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping and attending Maryland Football games. Go Terps! Scott has served as the Youth Director at Asbury UMC since February 2014 and is looking forward to many great opportunities to walk alongside and disciple the youth of Arnold.

Church Administrator

Mary Ellen Shipley

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Mary Ellen (Bell) was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and has lived in Anne Arundel County for 37 years.  She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science.  She and her husband, Jay, have been married for 33 years.  Mary Ellen’s family includes 3 married children and 5 grandchildren!  In her free time, she loves to spend time with family, playing Frisbee with the dogs, fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and once a year vacationing at the beach! She enjoys reading, crocheting, gardening, and puzzles. Mary Ellen is in the office, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Chief Financial Officer

Keely Hertel

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Keely Hertel grew up in Denver, CO, then married and moved around with the Navy for 20 years (including 3 years in Iceland!)  Keely has worked for Asbury since 2005.  She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and earned her C.P.A. license while working for KPMG.  Keely also provides accounting services for The Greater Washington Board of Trade and Leadership Greater Washington.  She and her husband, Steve, have been married for 20 years and have 3 boys, Brendan (16), Eric (14), & Kevin (11). In her free time, she is with the boys at year round soccer, lacrosse, & baseball practices/games/tournaments.  In her other free time, she enjoys playing soccer, golf, boating, & TRx workouts!  Keely is in and out of the office, so can be best reached by email at

Director Asbury Community Christian Preschool and Clubhouse

Vickie Whitley

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Vickie Whitley, a native Annapolitian, has been the director of Asbury Community Christian Preschool since 2002. She became the director of the School Age Clubhouse program in 2015. A mother of four adult children (3 boys and 1 girl), she has had her share of stitches, broken arms, soccer games, baseball games, wrestling matches and skating competitions. When asked what she likes best about working at Asbury, Mrs. Whitley responded, “I most enjoy seeing the smiles of the children each day and sharing God’s love with the children and their families.” Mrs. Whitley holds a degree in Psychology and Social Work, coupled with a Certificate in Child Care Administration.

Local Church Officers

Church Council - Tricia Kelly, Chair

Staff Parish Relations Committee - Owens Walker, Chair

Board of Trustees - Jeff Burkhart, Chair

Finance Committee - Nancy Cody, Chair

Stewardship Coordinator - Susan Hall

Nominations & Leadership Development - Jennifer Karsner, Chair

UMW President - Becky Batta

ACCP/ACCC Board - Nancy Beers, Chair

Treasurer - Walt Bruso

Lay Leader - Nancy Beers

Financial Secretary - Teresa Lynch

Worship Committee - Roxanne Kuhn, Chair

Education - Griff Hall

Missions - Katie Dold

Church & Society - Sally Vavrek

Communications - Mary Ellen Shipley

Children's Coordinators - Karen Jackson, Hollie Richards, Beth Vester

Family Ministries - Skip and Lea Trimble, Co-Chairs

Boy Scout / Cub Scout Liason - Mike Lynch

Church Historian - Alberta Stornetta

Cemetery Manager - Eric Bowman

Wedding Facilities Coordinator - Marilyn Betz

Funeral Reception Coordinators- Rose Brice

Kitchen Manager - Karen Drake

Head Usher - Marilyn Betz


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