Highlights from the ASP 40th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, FUMC celebrated 40 years of serving with the Appalachia Service Project. It was a joyous day filled with memories of this trip’s legacy and its impact on our church. Below are highlights captured from the day.

Worship Services

ASP alums from across the years shared the impact these trips have had on them personally and on the life of this church. Worship was a spirit-filled celebration of those who began this ministry, those who have passed the hammer, and those who hold the future of this ministry at FUMC.


The ASP 40th Anniversary Celebration slideshow captures the fellowship, hard work, and awe experienced on ASP trips throughout the last 40 years.

The First ASP Trip

Former Youth Director Jay Pierson reflects on the preparation leading up to the first ASP trip back in 1979 under the leadership of Rev. Jack Heacock and Bert Jones.

1979 ASP Team

Members of the 1979 ASP Team reunited during the ASP 40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. Team members pictured left to right include Hunt Cooley, Margaret DeLeon, Caroline Jones, Kirsten Murchison, Carol Brady, Derryan MaGill, and Laurie Barr.