By Cathryn Lien, Staff Writer

If you’re new to Asbury’s campus, the culture shock of a buzzing college campus in a small town might feel overwhelming to you. Or maybe you’re homesick for familiar places and need a place to call your own. Church is a great place to find people who are eager to welcome you into their community. Asburians are lucky to live within walking distance of several places of worship, all of which are ready to be “your home away from home” during your college years.


Wilmore Presbyterian – PC USA

100 North Lexington Avenue

Sunday Morning Services: 10:45 a.m.

Monday Prayer: 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday Fellowship: 9:30 a.m. at Panera in Brannon Crossing.

About the Church: 

Wilmore Presbyterian Church is a mission-oriented church, with “Heart for Christ, Hands for the World” as their motto. The church sponsors missionaries in Ecuador, Arizona and North Carolina, and has taken mission trips across the United States and to El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Haiti and Mexico.


Great Commission Fellowship

Vineyard Community

300 N. Lexington Avenue

Sunday Worship: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

About the Church: 

GCF believes in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the sufficiency of scripture. Come as you are — no “Sunday best” required. Any questions you have can be asked at the “Hub,” the church’s information center, and coffee and Panera pastries are served at the “Pub.” The service begins and ends with worship by GCF’s music ministry team. Pastor Jason stresses biblically-rooted teaching. Each service follows this pattern and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Associate Pastor Ranjo Clements sees Asbury students as a key part of GCF’s community.

“Asbury students are a vital part of our community,” he said. “Our goal is to share Christ’s love with the world and we hope AU students will receive that love and then join us in sharing it.”


Wilmore United Methodist Church

209 E. Main Street

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. at Clark Chapel

About the Church: 

At Wilmore UMC, Sunday school is a time for study, fellowship and prayer. Worship is centered on celebrating God through traditional and contemporary songs, prayer and receiving his Word. “We strive for each person to live a life of personal and social holiness,” Pastor D. Merricks said when asked about the church’s mission. “Together we can transform the world into the image of Christ.”


Wilmore Free Methodist Church

1200 Lexington Rd

Sunday School: 9:40 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 8:30 a.m. & 10:50 a.m.

Sunday Evening Service: 6:00 p.m.

About the Church: 

At Wilmore Free Methodist, come dressed as you are and expect to be welcomed like family. Services include Bible-based teaching and “blended” worship that incorporates traditional and contemporary styles. On attending WFMC, senior Kayla Sheeran said, “I really appreciate how involved the church is in the community, and how they invest so well in college students like me. One of my favorite events is the Thanksgiving dinner at which I have made some great memories with wonderful friends.”



Mount Freedom Baptist – Southern Baptist Church

100 S. Lexington Ave

Sunday School: 9:40 a.m.

Sunday Morning Service: 10:45 a.m.

About the Church: 

Located in the heart of historic Wilmore, Mount Freedom has been serving in the community for 184 years. They have a rich history of faith and a mission to faithfully love God and love people. As their website states, “We welcome you to worship with us, and we are eager to see the unique place God has for you in the work He is doing in us and through us.”