Stacy Ash, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries
I grew up in Southern Illinois and Austin, Texas. My parents were from Bloomington, and I attended Wesley frequently as a visitor as a child when we would visit family. I finished high school at Bloomington HS and was part of the youth group here at Wesley as a teenager. My husband Randy and I were married here at Wesley and all three of our children (Ryan, Jeffrey, and Alexandra) were baptized here. We moved for short periods of time to upstate New York and a Chicago suburb but have always returned to Bloomington and consider Wesley our church home no matter where we are.
I attended Illinois State University with a focus in Psychology. I have been involved in youth ministry for 22 years. I began volunteering in the youth program as a Sunday school teacher at age 18. I stepped in as the interim youth director in November of 2002. I have been full time here at Wesley in the youth program since March of 2003.
My heart is passionate to reach students for Christ, to help them develop their own faith and spiritual life response, and to walk beside them during their teen years. Watching students question, ponder, wrestle with and grow to understand what it means to be a Christian – and helping them however I can during that process – is one of the most rewarding things I can imagine.