Our interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Stacy Evans, grew up on a farm near Marieeta in Washington County, Ohio. He went through the Marietta Citt Schools, graduatiing in 1965. After that he attended Marietta College,then transferring to Kenyon College, graduatiing from there in 1969. His undergraduate major was Political Science. He received a trial year in seminary grant from the Fund for Higher Education and enrolled in Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He completed his M. Div. at Union in 1972. After that, he was a year-long student at Lincoln College, Oxford University, England.
Pastor Stacy returned to the United States and was assigned to Trinity United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, Ohio. There he met his wife, Cheryl (Goetz).
Cheryl is a native of Portsmouth, graduating from PHS in 1965. From there, she went to Miami University where she majored in Music Education, with minors in Speech and Music. She graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in Educaton. After graduation, Cheryl toured Europe with the Acapella Choir, the Cincinnati Symphony with David Brubeck and Max Rudolph. The major emphasis of the tour was the world premiere performances of Brubeck’s oratorio The Light in the Wilderness. She returned to pick up her teaching career, beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio. After two years there, she returned home to help care for her father after his cancer diagnosis. She taught in the Wheelersburg School System, and then in the Portsmouth Interstate Business College until she met and married Stacy in June of 1974.
Cheryl and Stacy began their journey in ministry together at a church in a small town near Toledo. They have serve in multiple settings in the West Ohio Conference for 36 and 3/4 years. Stacy’s last full -time appointment was at Nelsonville First. He took that appointment so he could be closer to his mother to oversee her care in Marietta.
During Pastor Stacy’s full-time ministry he earned a Mastor’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ministry from the Methodist Theological School in 1991 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree (specializing in spiritual formation) from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Stacy and Cheryl were heavily involve in the Upper Room Ministry of The Walk to Emmaus, helping to begin the Greater Columbus Emmaus Community while they were at Broad Street UMC. Cheryl entered Lay Speacking Ministry while they were appointed to Broad Street. She became the leader of Lay Speaking Ministry for the Columbus North District and enjoyed that ministry for several years before feeling her own call to ministry. She was ordained Deacon in 1999. As an outgrowth of her studies at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Family Pastoral Ministry, she entered training as a Family Therapist, becoming certified Advanced in 2001. She has combined serving in church settings and serving in counseling ministry since. She is currently Pastor of Bennington Chapel UMC where she has served for the past 8 years.
Stacy and Cheryl have four adult children, all of whom are married. Son Richard and his wife live in Blacklick. Richard and Kazuko run a business teaching Tae Kwon Do together. Richard works for a copany that helps people navigate through the ins and outs of obtaining health care insurance. Son Robert and his family live with us. Robert is an adjunct professor at Central Ohio Technical College. William and Mary are twins. William and his wife, Rebecca, are based in Chicago. He is a full-time diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, assigned to the U.S. consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mary is married to John McMurtery who is a world-class musician who teaches flute at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Mary is a trained opera singer and yoga teaher. She is currently establishing her own private studio for teaching voice. We have 5 grandchildren with another grandson on the way – due the end of August or beginning of September.
As a family we have lived a very interesting life as we have moved from community to community within the bourdaries of the West Ohio Conference. In retirement, Pastor Stacy has served churches in Circleville, Marietta, Eastern Licking County and Johnstown, where he is Pastor Emeritus. He has had interim pastorates at Johnstown, Baltimore Christ and Sixth Avenue in Lancaster.
Stacy and Cheryl hope that their ministry together at Asbury South will help lay the groundwork for a productive move into the future, and will be remembered as a time of encouragement and support, leading people into a deeper faith and closer relationship with Christ as we navigate these challenging times together.