As we approach the new ministry year in August, it is time once again for us to select new deacons who will be asked to serve our church and provide leadership for the future. This year, the nominating team has selected two individuals who demonstrate a passion for Jesus and a heart of service toward those both inside and outside the church.
Jerry and Ann joined Ashworth Church in 2013. Jerry has served in various capacities including usher, hospitality, greeter, outreach, and as a Deacon from 2015-18. Jerry and Ann have been married for 54 years this May. Ann serves on the hospitality team and keeps our For Kid’s Sake clothing closet in tip-top shape. Jerry and Ann are also members of the Sunday school class taught by Donnie Moran and Fred Farnow.
Jerry and Ann have two sons and live in Urbandale. Their son Joe is also active at Ashworth serving on the Audio/Video team on Sunday mornings. Jerry is retired, sort of, although a workaholic, he stays busy working various part-time jobs and volunteering.
Jerry has served as a deacon not only at Ashworth, but also at churches in Arkansas, Ohio, and Iowa.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Jefferson, IA. She spent much of her childhood playing sports, attending summer church camps, and keeping her two older brothers in line. Following high school, she furthered her education at Central College in Pella, IA. Along with majors in Communication Studies and Spanish, a semester abroad in Spain and summer of missions work in China shaped her worldview and love of Jesus.
Elizabeth moved to Des Moines in 2016 to work as a Campus Staff Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Drake University and DMACC. She’s spent the past three years mentoring students in the faith and working to reach each campus with the gospel. She has no greater joy than witnessing Jesus transform the hearts and minds of the students she serves. She also enjoys making Thai curry, journaling at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, and playing sand volleyball in her spare time.
Ashworth became Elizabeth’s church home three years ago. The hospitality and welcome she experienced as a new-comer encourages her to serve on our prayer, hospitality, and children’s check-in teams while actively participating in Ashworth Under 30.