Angie Gongwer, Director of Children's Ministry
Angie Gongwer graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For 12 years, she dutifully worked in the healthcare industry. But things changed after she had two children. “I loved being a mom and God called me to children’s ministry,” she says. “I’m passionate about the faith development of our children. Laying a foundation for discipleship is imperative to creating a faith that lasts.”
At home, Angie is hard at work laying that foundation with 13-year-old Reid and 10-year-old Riley.
Angie hasn’t once looked back to her former nursing career. “It’s a privilege to do God’s work here at Asbury,” she says. “It’s more than a job; it’s family.”
Questions? Email Angie!
Susanne Warren, Associate Director of Children's Ministry
When Susanne Warren isn’t facilitating the next big event for Asbury’s Kids Town, you’ll find her thinking about facilitating the next big event. She’s a planner. She’s a decorator. And Asbury Kids Town could not function without Susanne and her creativity.
A member of Asbury for 12 years, Susanne started volunteering 10 years ago when her kids, Max (now 11) and Molly (now eight), were small. She became an official Asbury team member in 2016
Her motto is simple, even though her job is not: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3.
Questions? Email Susanne!
Ellen Dean, Recreation Director
Tireless cheerleader. Faithful team mom. And caring friend. Ellen Dean wears all of these hats and still has time to stop and greet new faces or knit hats for children in need.
Yet Ellen insists her full-time job is to spread the word of Jesus Christ through recreation and sports, like spring soccer or Upward Basketball in the fall. Lucky for Asbury and parents all over Shelby County, she’s been doing that job—plus all the others—for 18 fabulous years. “I love children and watching them grow,”
Email Ellen or visit the Sports & Camps pages for details on Soccer, Summer Camps or Upward Basketball and Cheerleading.
Andrea Lowery, Childcare Director
For the last 20 years, parents have seen the same dedicated supervisor greeting them in Asbury’s nursery area: Andrea Lowery.
Week after week, year after year, Andrea and her staff work to achieve the same goal: create a safe, loving environment for children so that parents can worship without pause. For Andrea, the work comes easy. “I love watching our children grow," she says. “They come as babies and leave as little people.” It’s a good sign when those same children find their way back.
Elizabeth Vise, Children’s Choir Coordinator
Elizabeth lives for music. On a full-time basis, she’s a music teacher for Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. She’s a professional singer. She’s directed and produced several plays and musicals. On Sunday mornings, you’ll find her singing in the Traditions choir. During Downtown on Wednesday nights, she’s directing choir from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Elizabeth received her degree in Musical Theatre from Birmingham-Southern College. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Rick, for 26 years. Together, they have three young adult sons: John, Jason and Joseph.
Liz Drugan, Music Ministry Intern
The first thing you’ll notice about Liz is her smile. And the second thing you’ll notice is…her smile. To say Liz is cheerful is an understatement. Whether she’s leading the hymns on Sunday mornings, singing in the chancel choirs, or enthusiastically directing children’s choir on Wednesday, the energy Liz radiates is positive and endearing.
Born and raised in Naples, Florida, Liz attended Birmingham-Southern College and obtained her a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. She lives in Birmingham with her fiancee, Jackson.