Appalachia Service Project

ASP is a faith-filled, life-changing service experience for youth, college students and adults. Each summer, Bay United Methodist Church sends about 70 new and experienced youth and adult volunteers to Central Appalachia for a week of building safer, warmer, and drier homes for those in need. For more information, keep scrolling.

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ASP 2022

Sun, June 19 - Sat, June 25

New to ASP? Appalachia Service Project is a national ministry in which Bay United Methodist takes part. Listed below are a number of resources that will guide you as you consider joining us in June 2022. Additionally, we have many adults and youth who are available to answer your questions. We invite you on an practical and spiritual adventure that will forever strengthen your heart, broaden your mind, and expand your relationship          with Jesus. 


2022 BUMC ASP Calendar of Events

2022 BUMC ASP Information Sheet


What's a Typical Mission Trip with ASP like?

Trip Coordinator Resources

Summer Trip Information

New Leader Summer Program Overview


To help further, consider donating to ASP using the button below.

Give to ASP


For more information contact:


2021 Project Leads:

Peter Gierosky: petergsales@oh.rr.com

Julie Ware: juliefhw@hotmail.com

John Rodman: notdennis@hotmail.com


Minister of Education for Children & Youth:

Rev. Lauren Clawson:  education@bayumc.org

ASP 2021

In 2021, Bay UMC sent 28 students and 13 adults to southeast Kentucky the week of Sunday June 13 to do emergency home repairs. Our group was divided into six teams, two adults and five students each. Their goal? To make existing homes “safer, dryer and warmer”. Although Bay UMC has been sending volunteers as part of the Appalachia Service Project since the mid 1970s, 2021 will be our 31st consecutive year of participation. 


In addition to our six teams, two of our members, both college students, are on staff at ASP. Staff members work for ASP the entire summer running a “center” in one of more than 25 counties. Each Sunday a new group of 75 volunteers arrive at the center, and the staff members are responsible for feeding the volunteers, securing projects, and providing materials so the projects can be completed. Jen Herz and Sean Gulley both previously volunteered with ASP, now they get to spend the summer in Appalachia helping to improve the lives of the people living there.