Rev Dr Tommy McDoniel
Pastor Tommy is Asbury’s spiritual leader, teacher and visionary. He is Executive Director of Asbury CDC, and the lead pastor of Asbury Church, coming to the Eastside of Flint in 2010. Pastor Tommy has a passion for ministry with the poor and oppressed and serves in numerous citywide organizations. He chairs the Urban Ministry Committee for the East Winds District UM Churches. Prior to ministry Rev Tommy held executive positions at several software companies. He received his Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary his Doctor of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Rev Tommy also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science.
Matt DePalma works on the Asbury Farms. He has been Urban Farming for over 7 years. Matt completed MSU’s Master Gardener Course and practiced Permaculture techniques across the US and Puerto Rico. Matt is a poet and artist.
Katelin Maylum loves people and the joy that food brings them. As Sr Program Manager for local food systems, Katelin oversees the South Flint Soup Kitchen that helps get food to hungry people. She has a diverse background including experience in food service, law and teaching. Katelin produces movies and has won various awards and nominations for her work, one of which being two nominations from The Detroit Filmmaker’s Awards for Best Feature Film and Screenplay for “Stay”. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wayne State University where she specialized in performance. Katelin also earned a Certificate of Completion for the Post Bachelor’s Program in Paralegal Studies at Lansing Community College.
Blair Neifert manages Asbury Farms. He is a musician and former math teacher. Farming is both a science and an art, and Blair is quickly mastering both aspects of the critical skills that bring fresh, local produce to the tables of Flint residents.