Dr. Ashley goad

associate pastor,

director of global missions

Some call me Dr. Ashley Goad. Most know me as just Ashley. I spend most of my time on airplanes traveling the world to spend time with people I love and to talk about Jesus. A few years ago, my word of the year was “abide”, and I helped understand the simple act of communing with Christ. Then I moved on to “dwell” and what it means to make a home in Christ. Now I'm all about the word “lavish” and how Christ calls us to love people...but to love them well by lavishing love upon them, spoiling them. While I call North Carolina home, my actual house is in Shreveport, Louisiana, and my office is at First UMC Shreveport. There, I hold the title of Associate Pastor. My favorite place in the world is with my “son” Mackenson in Haiti, but I often threaten to move to New Zealand and take on life as a hobbit. My hobbies include showering in airport lounges, jumping out of airplanes, perfecting a cup of coffee, eating chocolate by the handful, and playing Friends trivia.


I hold a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. While I was recorded (“ordained”) as a Quaker Pastor in North Carolina, I am officially on loan to the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. In church lingo, I hold the designation of “Other Fellowship.”


Most recently, I've married Christopher Harbuck! We have a sweet black lab named Molly.


email: agoad@fumcshreveport.org

phone: 318.424.7771 ext.104