Ashley was born in Jacksonville, FL, but as a Navy brat, she didn’t stay in one place very long and didn’t attend church regularly until high school. She moved to Gainesville, FL at eighteen to attend the University of Florida and heard about Shift Church while it was still in its pre-launch days, but kept finding excuses not to try it out. Ashley began serving as a vocalist after an invitation to join the worship team and started attending Shift, and quickly understood that there was something different about Shift.
After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Business, Ashley felt God telling her He needed her in Gainesville at Shift Church, and she wasn’t going to argue with Him since she had never lived in one city for so many years. She began searching for a job so she could stay in Gainesville and was quickly hired as a Child Advocate at a local domestic violence shelter. Throughout her time at Shift, God has moved Ashley through several different roles in preparation for her current role as Creative Arts Director.
Book: I have way too many – if I were to list them all, we’d run out of room on the page.
Food: Cheeseburgers and French Fries
TV Show: I will watch nearly any crime show. One Tree Hill is also a personal favorite I keep going back to – don’t judge me.
Snack Food: Fries of all kinds – sweet potato, cheese fries, regular fries, etc.
Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Musical Artists: Another impossible question, I have so many favorites…but if you’re reading this you should check out Arrows in Action (shameless plug for our drummer)
Time of Day: Midnight
Place in the World: The beach, Disney World, or sitting in front of my colorfully lit Christmas tree with Christmas music in the background and the smell of pumpkin in the air.
Place to Pray: The Beach
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking, and hanging out with my dog Ernie.
Verses from the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalm 51:10, James 1
Sport: To play – Volleyball, To watch – all of them except golf (and Nascar, but that’s not really a sport anyways).
Food: Scalloped potatoes or mayonnaise
Snack Food: Poutine – ruining perfectly good french fries by putting gravy on top
Place in the World: The store – grocery store, mall, shoe store – I despise them all. I don’t like shopping.
Time of Day: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Life Motto: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Jane Austen, Esther, Severus Snape.
My Hero: At the risk of being cliche – God. Before Him the only hero I’d allow in my life was myself.
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: If I ever get married, I want to elope.
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: When He broke my heart to teach me about a lot of things, I’m still learning from that time.
"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." "Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward."− Charlotte Brontë
"Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."− Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne