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!

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.

Music Director

Gregory Parker

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Gregory Parker is a Computer and Information Sciences graduate of the University of Maryland, who began supporting the Music Ministry of Brooks United Methodist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Joseph H. Collins, when he was 8 years old. During his youth, he accompanied choirs in which his mother and grandmother sang. Greg also accompanied his grandmother, as she sang for churches throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. During High School, the Southern Maryland Chain Chapter of the Links, Inc. awarded Greg a scholarship, which allowed him to receive Classical Music training. Since that time, Greg has supported music ministries, playing piano and organ, as well as directing choirs at Brooks United Methodist, Mt. Olive United Methodist, Patuxent United Methodist, Abyssinia Baptist, and Kettering Baptist Churches. Greg is married to Dr. Gina Parker and they have 5 sons Justin (Augustana College – Environmental Science Graduate), Collin (Morgan State University – Business Administration Senior), Connor (UMBC – Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Junior), Cole (Annapolis Area Christian Upper School – Senior), and Corban (Annapolis Area Christian Upper School - Freshman)

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Terri Dotterer

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My husband, Mike, and I have two kids, Nathan who is 11 and Amelia who will be 9 on December 30. We also have 3 cats. We live in Reisterstown, MD. We enjoy cross-country road trips, cooking, and reading together. I earned my bachelor’s from University of Maryland College Park in American history. I served in the AmeriCorps in 2007. I have an MAT from Loyola University Maryland in Elementary Education and am currently a student at Wesley Theological Seminary.

I have worked part-time as a preschool director for the past seven years. I enjoy reading, crafting, sewing, and knitting. I have supported children’s ministry at Glyndon UMC for the past ten years, including MOPS, VBS, annual Easter egg hunts, and Trunk-or-Treats. I love all things Children’s ministry related- getting messy, singing songs, and dancing of course. However the biggest blessing is helping children know they are an important part of their church and that they have a home here.

Church Administrator

Sherika Hunt

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Sherry Hartman

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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 and Committee Members

Church Council - Elizabeth Tawil, Chair 

(Members - Alberta Stornetta, Nancy Beers, Griff Hall, Nancy Cody, Owens Walker, Anne Haas, Dan Haas, Walt Bruso, Karen Beer, Corrine Van Hoven) 

Staff Parish Relations Committee - Owens Walker, Chair

(Members - Carol Cockey, Katie Dold, Morgan Ramos, Beverly Smith,Jack Tawil, Kristin Zaleski, Nancy Beers, Rex Barbour)

Board of Trustees - Dan Haas, Chair

(Members - Thomas Britton, Ken Jarvis, Janet Kerchner, Gary Stanlake, Steve Patterson, Leroy Jonas)

Worship Committee - Ann Haas, Chair

(Members - Marilyn Betz, Janet Kerchner, Jay Myers)

Nominations & Leadership Development - Jennifer Karsner, Chair

(Members - Loretta Albert, Nancy Beers, Marilyn Betz, Roxanne Kuhn, Pat Cody, Jackie Britton, Mark Eldridge)

Finance Committee - Nancy Cody, Chair

(Members - Nancy Beers, Walt Bruso, Dan Haas, Susan Hall, Teresa Lynch, Owens Walker)  

Financial Secretary - Teresa Lynch

Stewardship Coordinator - Susan Hall

Treasurer - Walt Bruso

Endowment Ministry - Mike Campbell, Chair

ACCP/ACCC Board - Karen Beer, Chair

(Members - Marilyn Recknor, Becky Batta, Ellyn Campbell, Robin Kirkpatrick, Marilyn Betz, PJ Shrader, and Angela Patterson)

Lay Leader - Nancy Beers

Lay Member to Annual Conference - Nancy Beers

Education - Adult - Griff Hall, Children - Samantha Kelly and Catie Martino

Vacation Bible Sschool Coordinators - Karen Jackson and Hollie Richards

Youth Ministries - Scott Karsner - Youth Director (Leaders - Ashley Cox, Murray Korman, Tom Richards, Mike Zaleski, and Kris Neale) 

Impact Week Coordinator - Ashley Cox

Missions -  Katie Dold

Reconciliation Exploration Team -  Pastor Jen, Tricia Kelly, Mike Zaleski, Roxanne Kuhn, Griff Hall, Shirley Palmer and Ann Brady

Winter Relief Coordinator - 

Family Ministries

Clothing Giveaway Coordinators - Beth Vester and Ellyn Campbell

My Brother's Pantry Coordinator - Marilyn Betz

Boy Scout / Cub Scout Liason - Pat Cody

Church Historian - Alberta Stornetta

Cemetery Manager - Hite Spencer

Wedding Facilities Coordinator - Marilyn Betz

Funeral Reception Coordinator - Jackie Britton

Head Usher - Marilyn Betz

Web Site Administrator - Nancy Cody


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