SAVANNAH, GA – June 24, 2019 – Asbury Memorial Church has unveiled the lineup of speakers for their 2019 summer preaching series. Worship services will be held at 11:15 a.m. every Sunday throughout the summer at the church, 1008 E. Henry St. in downtown Savannah.
This summer series will begin Sunday, July 7 with Rev. Danny Beam. Rev. Danny Beam attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, did graduate studies in theology through Southeastern BTS, and completed 2 years of Greek through New Orleans BTS. He was ordained in 1981, has served churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, and was a consultant with the Georgia Baptist Convention. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master Addictions Counselor license through NADAC. Today he works as an embedded Military Family Life Counselor with the 3rd Combat Aviation Battalion at Hunter AAF in Savannah. Danny joined Asbury Memorial in 2003 and married Barbara Jean Lackey-Beam in 2009. He has two adult children and is soon to welcome his fifth grandchild. John Ashley Beam, his late oldest grandson, is with us in spirit.
Next up, on Sunday, July 14, is Rev. Lesley Brogan. Rev. Lesley Brogan graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with Family Experience. Lesley was born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois, a middle daughter of a middle daughter. She and her partner, Linda Ellis, live in Decatur, GA, and are moms to Ray Ellis’ and Randy Canady’s favorite nephews, John Brogan and Sam.
On Sunday, July 21, Rev. Nathan Godley will address the Asbury Memorial congregation and visitors. Rev. Nathan Godley was born in Savannah and was an active member and leader at Epworth United Methodist Church. After graduating from Armstrong State University, he attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He served a variety of churches in the South Georgia UMC Conference, including Epworth United Methodist Church and White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah. After retiring, Nathan and his wife, Patty, bought the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant in historic downtown Savannah, which their son Patrick now manages.
This exciting summer series continues Sunday, July 28 with ordained elder in the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser. Dawn grew up in Arkansas but moved to Northern Illinois to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She served for nineteen years in the Chicago metropolitan area. She has led congregations ranging from urban to suburban to rural, large, medium, and small, in varied worship styles. While completing her PhD in liturgical studies, she taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Dawn served as the Director of Preaching Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee, for five years. She is currently the Senior Associate Pastor at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. She and her husband, Scot Danforth, live in Knoxville.
Rabbi Robert Haas joins the series on Sunday, August 4. Rabbi Robert Haas, a native of McAllen, Texas, became the 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, Georgia in 2012. After receiving his B. S. from the University of Texas at Austin, he began his first career as an elementary school teacher. He then studied at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and Los Angeles, where he received his master’s degree and Rabbinical Ordination. He served as an associate rabbi at both Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas, and Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas. He then spent a year volunteering in Africa with American Jewish World Service. He is married to April, and he and his wife have a beautiful daughter named Amira.
‘Asburian’ Rev. Claire Marich, speaking Sunday, Aug. 11, is a native Chicago and an ordained deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference. She has spent most of her ministry in professional healthcare chaplaincy, serving both in level 1 trauma hospitals and in hospice settings. She left a career in business consulting to pursue a vocation in chaplaincy, getting a master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and English from Loyola University of Chicago, along with a Master’s in Science in Political Science in Revolution and Terrorism and African Studies from Northwestern University. Claire and her spouse, John, have been members of Asbury Memorial for the last two years. They love living in Savannah; their two adult children, Peter and Stephanie; and their pups, birds, and bees.
Savannah native Chelsea Hester will wrap up the 2019 summer series on Sunday, Aug. 18. Chelsea has a master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. While completing her studies in clinical mental health counseling, Chelsea worked as a play therapist and eating disorder support group facilitator. She now blends her expertise in spirituality, mindfulness, and psychology into her work as a case manager for a local non-profit in Greenville, South Carolina, while also working as a Food and Body Image coach, speaker, and educator. Chelsea stands strong as an ally in the body diversity and body acceptance movement and is honored to bring awareness and conversation to this topic whenever possible. Currently residing in Greenville, South Carolina, Chelsea is thrilled to return to her home church of Asbury Memorial for a morning of worship, celebration, and thoughtful conversation.
Asbury Memorial Pastor Rev. Billy Hester, who will be on summer sabbatical during the speaker series, returns to Asbury Memorial Church on Sunday, Aug. 25.
“We are excited to present another great lineup of speakers for the 2019 series, and hope people from the community will visit our church to hear from these wonderful individuals,” said Rev. Hester.
Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. To learn more about Asbury Memorial, please visit www.asburymemorial.org.
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