Answering the call
WILMORE, KY—Savannah Demicell of Colorado City, Colo., was ready to attend college in California. She visited the school and the women’s basketball team, knowing that the only thing left was to sign the letter of intent. Once she signed that document, no other coaches could contact her.
“I had my heart set on California,” she said. “I applied to five colleges in California and then Asbury College.”
While she was waiting for the letter of intent to arrive, she received a call from Coach Debi Powell, Asbury College’s women’s basketball coach.
That call turned out to be the one Demicell had been waiting for. After talking with Coach Powell for more than two hours, Demicell said, “I was just immediately impressed by her. Asbury seemed to be everything I wanted. It fit me like a glove.”
Two days later, Demicell was on a flight from Colorado to Kentucky to visit the campus. “I just felt a sense of comfort on the campus and Coach continued to impress me.”
After meeting with Coach Powell and seeing the campus, Demicell decided to give up her plans for college in sunny California to attend Asbury College. “I knew I would grow here because Asbury is more strongly founded in faith,” she said.
Coach Powell said, “From the first time I spoke to Savannah on the phone, I knew God’s hand was on her life. I could tell from her humility, her ability to know and speak the truth and her enthusiasm that she was one I wanted to coach and lead. I believe Savannah is a world-changer in God’s Kingdom. I wanted her to come to Asbury so she could play and grow alongside like-minded women who are discovering and using their gifts—athletic and otherwise—to worship Christ.”
Just days into her Asbury College experience, Demicell hasn’t regretted her decision.
“Even though I have only been here a week, you can feel the Holy Spirit here,” she said. “I love prayer before class and chapel. It’s been what I have always wanted in a college and in a Christian education.”
Demicell is majoring in missions with minors in Christian ministries and youth ministry. As a member of the women’s basketball team, she will have an opportunity to volunteer on two mission trips.
“I love the opportunity to do missions almost every break,” she said. “There are so many options and open doors for what I am so passionate about.”