Department: Science & Health
Office: MR 213B
Phone Extension: 2360
M.S. Northeastern University, 1974, Botanical Science
B.S. Stonehill College, 1970, Biology
At Asbury since 1996
Subjects: Biological Science, General Biology, Plant Taxonomy, Environmental Science
Nature declares the wonders of God! My goal is to instill in students a love of science so they realize that God’s Book of Nature along with His Written Word completes their understanding of the Christian faith.
I have taught grade school, high school, night school, and summer school — and now it is a privilege to teach on the university level. Making complex ideas understandable, finding new and interesting ways to present a topic, both in print and in the classroom, are my professional goals.
I especially enjoy labs because of the one-on-one interaction. I have revised lab manuals for many of the biology courses, including Plant Taxonomy and Environmental Science, my special areas of interest. In 1998, I developed a program which provides biology and chemistry laboratory experiences here on the Asbury campus for home-schooled students at the high school level. As the Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society Advisor, I am closely involved with student activities, especially Kids College and the annual Sigma Zeta Symposium and Banquet. In 2011, I was instrumental in organizing the Mission Farm Project. Students in the Mission Farm Seminar learn basic agricultural skills that can be applied in mission settings, whether local or global. We are currently developing a one-acre sustainable farm near the Equine Center.
I am fortunate to be married to Dr. Ben Witherington, an internationally known biblical scholar who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary. We have traveled to 18 countries. Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, being on safari in Kruger National Park, admiring the birch trees in Russia, picking pomegranates in Turkey – all these experiences can be shared in the classroom. Being a botanist I also enjoy gardening. My gardens are planted mainly with native perennials all of which are scientifically labeled. In 2011, my garden was featured on the Open Gates to Bluegrass Living tour in Lexington. I also oversee the perennial gardens at the Waveland historic site as a member of the Down to Earth Garden Club in Lexington. We currently attend Centenary United Methodist Church.