Asbury United Methodist’s 154th ‘Homecoming’ is May 26



Pastor Cedric Jackson and the Asbury United Methodist Church of Clinton cordially invites the community to join the congregation to honor its rich history and celebrate its 154th Church Anniversary and Homecoming.

This celebration will kick off with a spirit-filled service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26, with guest speaker Elder V. Aaron McCleary from Temple of Prayer Church of Lexington, Ky., and music rendered by the 154th Anniversary Choir.

Elder V. Aaron McCleary is an Associate Minister of Temple of Prayer Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Church in Lexington Ky., where Elder C. Charles Johnson is the pastor.

In 1997, he was licensed as a minister at Bethel COGIC Church in Schenectady, New York. He later moved to Lexington, where he became a member of Temple of Prayer Church of God in Christ. Elder McCleary was ordained as an Elder on 2006 at the Temple of Prayer Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Church.

Elder McCleary is a member of Temple of Prayer Church of God In Christ and strong supporter of Asbury United Methodist Church. He has served in many capacities in the church.

This includes serving as a Sunday school teacher and leader: (1) Coordinator for Pastor and First Lady Appreciation Programs, (2) Leader for Today’s Man Ministry and (3) Sunday School Superintendent.

Elder McCleary has spent the last 15 years in the sales profession with Merck & Co., Inc, and currently is an Account Executive with Amedisys Home Health Care.

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the 2004 Vice President Club Award, 2005 Director’s Award and 2007 Vice President’s Premier Top Performer Award.

Prior to his ministry at Temple of Prayer, Elder McCleary graduated from Tennessee State wherein he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in the field of Psychology.

He received his Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix. Elder McCleary served in the United States Army for approximately 10 years in a variety of positions wherein he was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1997. Before leaving, he served in the South Korea where he received his calling in the ministry.

Elder McCleary is the son of Robert L. McCleary and Diane Cain Moore.

He is married to the lovely Stacey and they have two children: Joshua and Jasmine.

Asbury United Methodist will conclude the celebration with a praise and worship service at 3:30 p.m., with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Joseph Weaver and Bazeltown Baptist Church of Harriman.

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Weaver is a native of Clinton Tennessee. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as pastor of the Bazeltown Baptist Church in Harriman for the past 19-years.

Dr. Weaver was licensed to preach the gospel in 1995 at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, where he also served as Associate Pastor from 1994 until 1996. He was ordained at Roseberry City Baptist Church in Knoxville in 1998. At Asbury United Methodist Church, Dr. Weaver served in many capacities which include serving as a Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, and Lay Leader.

Dr. Weaver holds an AS Degree in Business Administration from Roane State Community College; a BS Degree in Criminology and Sociology from East Tennessee State University, and both a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Public Health from the University of Tennessee.

He is a retired Occupational Health and Safety Officer from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge.

He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army Special Operations Forces. During his military tenure, his deployments included tours to Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), and Operation Endeavoring Freedom (Iraq).

For his actions during Operation Endeavoring Freedom, Dr. Weaver received the Army Bronze Star.

Dr. Weaver’s principle vision is to continually win souls for Christ Jesus; while mentoring, empowering and encouraging members to reach beyond their immediate surrounding to achieve desired outcomes. He believes that DESTINY is something one must pursue, for it will not pursue you.

As a result, he is committed to train up the next generation of community leaders to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and reach beyond their current circumstances to achieve their full potential.

Dr. Weaver is married to Phyllis (Cotten) Weaver. He is the father of three children: two daughters,

Maya and Amanda, and one son, Mynatt.

A celebration dinner will follow the morning service.

This is a time of rejoicing as the church comes together and thank God for 154 years of worship and outreach in the community.

The theme for this occasion is, “Coming Home: Come to the House and Get Your Blessing.”

Everyone is welcomed and invited to celebrate the church’s anniversary.

The church is located at, 405 W. Broad Street, Clinton.

You may call 865-525-5089, if you have any questions.