Staff

Lead Pastor

pastor kim risedorph asbury united methodist church livermore california, copyright 2013 Ron Tripp

Pastor Kim Risedorph

Rev. Dr. Kim Risedorph joined the the Asbury staff as a Co-pastor in July 2009. Before becoming a pastor, she was a college professor, specializing in modern Chinese history, at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Over the years, she became more and more aware of how vital it was to tend to our spiritual journey. And that awareness prompted her to start seminary, at Pacific School of Religion, in 1999. She served at Lynnewood United Methodist Church for five years as Pastor of Christian Nurture and Discipleship.

Kim and her husband Steve have two children, Gabe and Becca. When she’s not working  at Asbury, you’ll find her with family, or reading, walking, swimming, or doing yoga.

Phone: 925-447-1950, ext. 102
Direct: 925-583-1602

Pastor of Discipleship

Pastor Chelsea Constant

Pastor Chelsea Constant

Pastor Chelsea Constant joined the Asbury team as Pastor of Discipleship in 2014.  That role includes ministry with youth, young adults, small groups, and many other areas of ministry! Originally from Cupertino, California, Chelsea felt called by God to ministry at the age of 16 while on a trip to Australia with her church’s youth group. Since then, Chelsea has followed God to Tulane University where she earned a BA in Religious Studies, French, and International Development, to Duke Divinity School where she graduated with a M.Div in 2014, to Asbury UMC. Along the way, Chelsea discovered a passion for the local church, Scripture, deep prayer, service, and loving all people.

Chelsea and her husband Nick have one adorable dog named Lily. Along with her passions for ministry, Chelsea loves to bake cupcakes, play with her dog, read, and watch The Office.

Phone: 925-447-1950, ext. 101
Direct: 925-583-1601

Director of Children’s Ministries

Jackie Bennett Asbury United Methodist Church

Jackie Bennett

Jackie Bennett grew up in Livermore where she has worked with children and their families in various diverse capacities in the Livermore community since 1989, including Directing a School Age Child Care Center for LARPD for a number of years. She earned a BA in Human Development and Early Childhood Education from California State University of Hayward. The guiding compass of Jackie’s life has always been a deep spiritual connection to God and Jesus. She and her family have been active participants of the Asbury community since 2005, and in 2015 stepped into her new role as Director of Children’s Ministry. Jackie is passionate about providing a loving, accepting, and caring environment for children of our community and their families, as they connect to the presence of God and grow in faith together.

Jackie and her husband Rich have three wonderful children, Chloe, Emily, and Dylan. She enjoys camping with her family, taking yoga classes, reading spiritual growth books, watching Super Soul Sunday episodes, and laughing with family and friends.

Phone: 925-447-1950 ext. 105
Direct: 925-583-1605

Facilities Manager

The position of Facilities Manager is currently open.  Our Facilities Manager coordinates requests for use of any of the facilities, including the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Conference Room and classrooms.  If you are interested in the position, or if you have questions about using our facilities please contact the Office at 925-227-1950.

Phone: 925-447-1950, ext. 106
Direct: 925-583-1606

 

Office Manager

terri gamble, church secretary, asbury united methodist church, livermore, california copyright 2013 ron tripp

Terri Gamble, Office Manager

Terri Gamble and Karen Baumen share the position of Office Manger.  Terri works Mondays-Wednesdays and Karen works Thursdays-Fridays.

Terri is a native Oregonian who made the move to California in 1997 and landed in Livermore. Shortly after arriving, she found a home at Asbury UMC.

Using her experience in corporate administration, Terri has been supporting the Asbury leadership, staff and members of the Asbury community as Church Office Manager, a position she began in 2012. She says, “It’s amazing how much goes on behind the scenes at Asbury, and I’m happy to be helping all the volunteers who make worship at Asbury a great experience”.

She is married and has two children.

Phone: 925-447-1950, ext. 104
Direct: 925-583-1604

Music Director

G. Allen Schell has the distinction of being not only the oldest staff member, he also has been at Asbury since 1963, the longest of any staff. He received his Music degree (piano) in 1956 and studied organ privately, and still does. He began accompanying choirs when a student and has directed since 1960.

In 1973, he and his wife participated in a seven-week concert tour of southern Germany, which expanded his life-long love of the organ. He began playing electric keyboard with Asbury’s Band in 1994, which, while a challenge, has also been a growth experience. In each new musical adventure, he has found an opportunity to expand his service to the Church.

Phone: 925-447-1950

Choir Coordinator

Jean Braun moved to Livermore from Madison, Wisconsin with her new husband in 1984. She and Dave joined Asbury in February, 1985 shortly after discovering this active, musical community. Jean directs the Rainbow Choir, (Grades 3-5) and Faith Choir (adults). Her passions are teaching music and eating and distributing chocolate at every opportunity.

Phone: 925-447-1950