Featuring: Krista Clements (Howard Dayton School of Business)
Sharp, compassionate and ready to make a difference in the world, Krista Clements exemplifies the values of Asbury University’s Howard & Beverly Dayton School of Business. Formed by Asbury’s rigorous academics and vibrant spiritual life, she’s ready to use business as a tool to empower disadvantaged communities.
The best business concept I’ve learned at Asbury has been to work with integrity. My professors have beautifully interwoven our beliefs into the corporate world and shown us that we can be a light in the marketplace.
Student, Howard Dayton School of Business
Born near Mumbai, India, Clements followed her family’s tradition of attending Asbury. She knew she wanted to study business before she came to Asbury, but it was a class called Business as Mission that showed her a path for the future.
“For the first time, I saw two of my passions come together,” Clements said. “Missions was always overwhelming to me, but when I focused in on small-scale business, it suddenly felt a lot more doable.”
Throughout the class, Clements learned practical ways to engage local communities through business. A research project, focusing on Mongolia, opened her eyes to the ways cultural needs differ.
“There are things you wouldn’t think twice about if you work in the country you grew up in,” Clements said. “It’s not just starting a business — it’s learning a culture. The need in Mongolia will be extremely different than, say, in Singapore.”
In addition to offering relevant coursework and challenging projects, the Howard Dayton School of Business grounds students in a Christian worldview.
“The best business concept I’ve learned at Asbury has been to work with integrity,” Clements said. “My professors have beautifully interwoven our beliefs into the corporate world and shown us that we can be a light in the marketplace.”
Clements completed an internship with Word Made Flesh (wordmadeflesh.org) and she’s full of ideas for the future. In the next few years, she plans to finish her MBA and continue pursuing business as mission. Reflecting on her student experience, she says her professors are the best reason to study business at Asbury.
“The professors are brilliant, and they care about you as a person,” Clements said. “They listen to me to see what I want to do, and that’s where we start. They go the extra mile. You don’t find that anywhere else.”
Featuring: Louise Spencer (Asbury’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies)
The interlude between Louise Spencer’s calling and her entrance into ministry spans continents, occupations and years. God called Spencer into ministry at a revival in the Republic of Panama, where she was stationed in the Army. It wasn’t until five years later, at the podium of a small church in Kentucky, that she answered her call and formally entered into a life of ministry.
Spencer has gone from a global mechanical career in the Army, to a little church in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains — a congregation she drives 90 miles (each way) to serve each week.
Asbury teaches you how to develop your life around what you believe. You need to have fundamental truths — what you believe in and what you’re going to hold on to — and those are the things in life that, no matter what happens, will stay intact.
Student, School of Graduate and Professional Studies
As a Leadership and Ministry major in Asbury’s Adult Professional Studies (degree-completion) program, Spencer garnered the knowledge needed to serve parishioners on the ever-changing topography of modern ministry.
“Congregations are more educated, so that means their leader needs to have more education,” Spencer said. “People want to know the ‘whys,’ the ‘hows’ and the ‘whens.’ A good education allows me to answer those questions.”
Asbury’s specialized combination of spiritual formation and leadership expertise has affirmed truths Spencer has leaned on throughout her walk with Christ, but it has also added new experiences and perspectives. These are the makings of a firm foundation she will build upon for a lifetime.
“Asbury teaches you how to develop your life around what you believe,” Spencer said. “You need to have fundamental truths — what you believe in and what you’re going to hold on to — and those are the things in life that, no matter what happens, will stay intact.”
With undergraduate studies are coming to an end, Spencer chose to continue her quest as she pursues a Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. Spencer says everyone at Asbury, from admissions to professors, has had a hand in this journey from calling to career.
“Everyone has made an impact,” she said. “They all played a role in who I am today.”