Ashley Carpenter
Director of Children & Family Ministries

Ashley Carpenter has had the honor of being a military spouse for the past 18 years, raising three children Zachary, Lucas, and Grace with her husband Jeff Carpenter. Ashley and her family have lived in many different place. Most recently Ashley and her family have made their final military move to settle here in DeRidder from Fairbanks, Alaska. Ashley describes her family as,“living and breathing soccer with a side of dance for Grace.”


Ashley was a stay at home mom when her children were younger and during that time she acquired a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. Once all of her children were school age, she reentered the workforce working mostly in offices but found it unfulfilling. Ashley then discovered she truly enjoyed being involved with the development of children while becoming heavily involved with the children and youth ministry at her church. This lead her to pursue employment substitute teaching at the local district and eventually becoming a longterm substitute 5th grade teacher at a local Christian school. Ashley found that after teaching two years, working with children was what she loved to do the most, but at the time returning to school to pursue a teaching degree was not possible. Upon moving to Alaska, Ashley still found a way to be a positive impact for the children of her community as the lead secretary for the elementary school on post.


While moving to DeRidder, Ashley hoped and prayed for a similar opportunity and found this position at FUMC DeRidder as the Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministry to be indication that, “God apparently had bigger plans for me.” Ashley says, “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to help educate and develop our youth again, and most importantly an opportunity to help them develop their faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Ashley Carpenter

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