"I thank God for the opportunities I have had to serve in various denominational, inter-denominational and non-denominational settings, in congregational and para-church contexts intersecting many countries and cultures. In my current setting of church-planting and church-revitalization we explore various ways members of the congregation can engage the community with God’s love. Throughout all of my experiences I have seen how the Good News of Jesus Christ transcends all cultures while, at the same time, remains specific to particular groups and individuals within subcultures.
I thank God for my gifts of preaching, teaching, worship designing, prayer, coaching, and pastoral leadership. I desire to utilize them to encourage people and communities on their faith journeys with God, and to enable them to pursue their God-discerned vision for their lives and congregations in practical ways.
I believe the body of Christ benefits when its many members share their diverse ways of encountering God’s love in worship, outreach and service. Worship connects us to God, connects us to each other and inspires us to serve. Inspired through worship, we can embrace God’s invitation to join the holy work of healing the world by being with others in our outreach and service together. As a faith community deepens their discipleship, they shine light into the world – and the darkness cannot comprehend or overcome it – thus providing possibilities for people around them to experience God’s transformative love and to live into God’s plan of redeeming all of creation.
Finally, I thank God for my wife Courtney, our daughter Ceara, and our sons Caleb and Caden."
Pastor Courtney grew up in Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. in elementary education from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She worked with AmeriCorps in Chicago and Colorado before moving to North Carolina to teach math and science in middle school. She earned her Master of Divinity from Duke University.
Upon graduation, Courtney and her husband Dan served as missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Latvia. For two-and-a-half years they worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry, and camping ministries. While in Latvia, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ceara.
Before coming to the Northern Berkshire region, Pastor Courtney served churches in North Carolina, Maine, and New Jersey. While living in Maine, the Randall family expanded again to welcome a son, Caleb.
Ashley is a native Western New Yorker and Alfred University graduate who transplanted to the Berkshires 11 years ago for a job in publishing. She met her husband, David, changed career paths and is now a mama to a sweet 1-year-old boy, Andrew, who keeps her busy. She has been working part-time for New Hope since 2015 doing administrative work, grant writing and children’s programming. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the ROOTS Teen Center.
Ashley is a HUGE book nerd, a Little Free Library owner, sometimes runner, youth advocate, reader, baker, DIY-er, traveler, hiker, and all-around fun gal.