Dear Asbury Church Family,
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that Bishop Mueller has appointed the Rev. Dede Roberts as the new senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church. She will begin serving this summer following Rev. Mary Hilliard’s retirement.
Rev. Roberts is coming to Asbury from the conference office where she has served for six years as the director of the Center for Vitality, where she has been coaching and equipping congregations and clergy in Arkansas to grow in fruitfulness. Some of you may know Rev. Roberts from when she served as the District Superintendent of the Central
District from 2010 until 2015. Rev. Roberts is married to the Rev. Michael Roberts, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Conway. They have three adult children: Avery (married to Nathan), Michala, and William, as well as two grandchildren, Emma Grace and Jacob.
Dede says, “I am so excited about coming to Asbury! It is a great church in a great location with a great past, and I believe the best is yet to be. I am grateful to Bishop Mueller and the Asbury congregation for the opportunity to serve as your next senior pastor.”
Rev. Roberts will begin her appointment July 1, 2019. Until then, we will continue to be blessed by Rev. Mary’s leadership and will celebrate her years of service to Christ and Christ’s Church.
You are welcome to send words of welcome to Rev. Dede in the weeks ahead as we prepare for the pastoral transition. Her contact information:
11 Evergreen Dr., Conway, AR 72034
Serving Christ with you,
The Staff Parish Relations Committee
The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. All have been asked to pray daily from 2:23-2:26, the timing of the General Conference, for all to be guided by the will of God.