Our Leadership and Staff

At Asbury United Methodist Church, we are grateful to have an outstanding team of leaders who are dedicated to serving the Lord.  Our philosophy is that we are truly blessed to be a blessing.

Pastor Cheryl in the Holy Land

Pastor Cheryl Althoff Brown

Cheryl Althoff Brown joined Asbury United Methodist Church as pastor effective July 1, 2015, after having served the Hartland UMC in Gasport, NY and the Clinton Street UMC in Lockport, NY. Pastor Cheryl is gifted preacher and teacher, with a deep sense of compassion, strong commitment to the Christian faith and principles of social justice, and a terrific sense of of humor!  Her late husband, Jim Brown, was a certified lay minister in the United Methodist Church. The Asbury congregation is blessed to have Pastor Cheryl as its leader.

Antonella Di Giulio – Music Director

Antonella Di Giulio is a pianist, a music theorist and a pedagogue. In addition to her doctoral studies in Music Theory and Musicology at the University at Buffalo, Antonella Di Giulio holds a Master Degree in piano performance from the same University, post -diploma certifications in piano performance, a diploma in piano from the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy). As a researcher, her interests are in music cognition, theory of images in music, music as a language, harmonic language in contemporary music, Italian composers in the 20th century, set theory and Mathematics. She presented her research in several national and international Conferences.

She studied piano with Concita Capezza, Silvana Libardo, then thank to a European Union’s fellowship with Luigi Mostacci and Carla Giudici, in Germany with Sontraud Speidel and Michael Rische. While living in Europe, she had the possibility to take lessons from some of the best pianists and pedagogues and she was awarded in many national and international music competitions. The German Newspaper Rheinische Post describes her performances as enhanced by “…ihrer kompetente Virtuosität, ihrer breit gespannten Expressivität wie ihrer enormen Klangsensibilität…“ (her competent virtuosity, broad expressivity as well as her huge sound sensibility).

She regularly performs as a pianist for a number of associations and festivals , both as a soloist and in different chamber music ensemble. Antonella has been acclaimed for her exciting pianism and for her attention to the quality of sound, and has received particular praise for her outstanding pedagogical engagement. She holds the position of Artistic Director of numerous workshops and Festivals. She is often invited as a guest teacher and pianist for lectures, workshops, and seminars. She joined SUNY Buffalo State College in 2015.

Martin Weir – Co – Lay Leader

Martin Weir is a musician and music teacher. Since moving to the Buffalo area in fall of 2016, he has become involved teaching privately and through the Community Music School of Buffalo. He has even had an opportunity to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoys being on the board of the Chromatic Club of Buffalo, an endeavor which provides an outlet for musicians of all levels to perform and offers music scholarships to promising music students. He and his wife, Jamie, are proud parents of two children; Nicholas, 15 and Anna, 12. Both of whom outshine their parents, as it should be.

Jessica Glaser – Provisional Deacon

Jessica is a provisional deacon who serves both at Asbury and at Evergreen Health Services in Buffalo. Her ministries are centered around social justice, especially with regard to gender and racial equity, the environment, and health care. She is passionate about ensuring the underserved and vulnerable are well cared for and healthy. She is also interested in spiritual healing ministries and has training in trauma-informed care. She serves as the Abundant Health Ambassador for the Upper New York Annual Conference. Jessica lives in Pendleton with her husband, daughter, cat, and numerous chickens.