Ashley Evans, Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries, Wallingford United Methodist Church
As of September 2017, WUMC would like to welcome our new Children, Youth, & Families Director, Ashley Evans! Ashley and her husband Casey moved to the area from Kansas City earlier this year. They love the beautiful nature and weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Ashley has a great variety of experience working with children and youth of all ages, and has served many nonprofit organizations specializing in youth programming and volunteer management.
Ashley served as a toddler teacher for nine children ages one to three in an ESL program led by a United Methodist mission and outreach center in Kansas. She also served as a leader for 30 children in kindergarten through third grade with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, planning activities to help with leadership skill development and peer support. Ashley has worked as a coordinator for after-school tutoring and literacy programming. Her first internship helped middle schoolers form community in a youth center in Kentucky. Ashley has also worked with high schoolers and college students in volunteer and service learning community engagement projects. She also has experience working in a children’s hospital with the most vulnerable of situations.
Since moving to Seattle, Ashley has continued her work with young people. She has been a nanny for several families, including a sweet 13-year-old girl with Autism who is learning to communicate with letter boards. Currently, Ashley is a volunteer chaplain with the King County Juvenile Detention Center and volunteers with an art therapy program at Mary’s Place.
Ashley is excited for the opportunity to build community for children, youth, and families at WUMC. She has a creative spirit for God and can’t wait to share that creativity with the current families here in Wallingford as well as those who are new to the church and neighborhood. Ashley is especially interested in opening opportunities for families to grow stronger in their faith together and leading programming to reach out to those on the margins of society, including LGBTQ and questioning youth, the transgender community, and families with children with special needs.