Aspen Tree Ministries Board of Directors
Executive Director - Rev. Dr. Diana M. DeWitt has been in pastoral ministry since 1996, serving as an ordained elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has held various leadership roles throughout the Tennessee Conference, which include Evangelism, Chairperson of Worship, and is currently the Chairperson of Spiritual Formation. Dr DeWitt has traveled and ministered globally through Karuna Ministries in northern India, and also in Brazil and Mexico.
Diana received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She received a Master of Education and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. Diana's doctoral research was in the area of Transformational Leadership, receiving her Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.
Prior to answering God’s call into the ministry, Diana was a Special Education teacher working with middle school and high school students with learning disabilities. She is mother to Steven and Heather who were her primary ministry targets, as she joyfully served God as a stay-at-home mom during her children’s early years. She is now also delighted to have a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kelly, and a wonderful son-in-law, Jimmy, and four amazing grandchildren, Camden, Kaia, Layna, and Henry.
Diana brings to the Board her passion for sharing the Gospel so that persons might enter into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and experience the transforming power of His Presence. She has a particular passion to see pastors set free from the wounds and demands of ministry, empowering them to more effectively live into their calling, which will make an eternal difference in the lives of people in the congregations and communities in which they serve. Her love for God and love for others shapes and defines her life and ministry.
President - Janice Denton is the Computer Systems Manager of Supply Chain for VF Imagewear, an international corporation, with her office in the Nashville area. She has traveled around the world, as well as managing international operations from her local base in Nashville, thus developing expertise in communications with various people groups. On one business trip to India, Janice made contact with an Indian pastor and his family, being instrumental in providing the necessary support for him to complete his PhD in evangelism at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. She, as well as other ATM Board members, has actively supported this pastor’s ministry here in the US, as well as in Rudrapur, India,
Janice grew up in Henderson, Kentucky, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Management from Murray State University. She is a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church where she has served in many leadership capacities. She is currently the Lay Leader and Trustee of the church, as well as serving on the Finance, Pastor Parish Relations, and Evangelism Committees. Janice sings in the praise choir and leads a ukulele worship band. She also manages the clothes closet for the Room-in-the-Inn guests who spend the night at the church. Janice has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Emmaus Community, serving the Emmaus community in several active rolls.
Janice brings to the Board of Directors of Aspen Tree Ministries a heart of compassion and sensitivity, and a spirit of generosity. Her wisdom and discernment offer invaluable insights, while her ability to tackle difficult challenges with determination leads her to successfully complete complex tasks.
Vice President - Bill Pridemore is currently a Metro Councilman for Davidson County, Tennessee, serving the 9th District in the Madison area. Bill served Nashville as a Metro Police Officer for 33 years, working Homicide, Murder Squad, and Cold Case Units from 1984, until he retired in 2008. While solving many cases, two of his more prominent cold case murders were the Janet March and Marcia Trimble cases. His work on each of these cases has been chronicled in the books, A Season of Darkness by Douglas Jones and Phyllis Gobbell, and An Unfinished Canvas by Michael Glasgow and Phyllis Gobbell. His work on these cases has also been televised on 48 Hours and Court TV.
You don’t do this type of work unless you love it, and you don’t love it because it’s easy or because of the pats you get on the back. You love it because there is something deep within you that calls you to it, and that won’t let you do anything else. Bill was thus called by God, and he has served his community well as a Metro Police Officer, and is now serving as a Metro Councilman.
Bill and his wife, Denise, are active members of Hermitage UMC, where Bill serves as a Stephen Minister, has led small group studies, has served on the projection team for worship, and has been involved in several local mission projects. Bill has also served on the Nashville Emmaus Board of Directors, filling many leadership roles. His children are Jonathan and Christine, and son-in-law, Johnny.
Bill brings to the Board of Directors of Aspen Tree Ministries his integrity and strength of character, his wisdom and spiritual sensitivity, as well as his compassionate and faith-filled responses to life.
Treasurer - Robert (Corky) Jennings is a Certified Public Accountant who is the Managing Partner of Jennings and Clouse, PLC, in Gallatin, Tennessee. Corky oversees the firm’s operations and handles a wide variety of financial and tax planning and compliance work. He brings more than three decades of experience and expertise to the financial business. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Corky was born in Nashville and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He and his wife, Diane, are members of Greenville UMC, in Joelton, where he serves as an adult Sunday school teacher, and has served in many areas of leadership within the church including Administrative Board, Pastor Parish Relations, Finance, and Witness. Corky and Diane were blessed with two children, Richard (who went to be with the Lord in 1994) and Daniel. In May of 2012, Daniel, and his wife, Katelen, blessed them with a granddaughter, Lily Kate.
Corky received a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Austin Peay State University. He is also active in a number of community organizations, including Gideons International, Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Volunteer State Community College Foundation, COMPASS (Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools), and the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Corky brings to the Board of Directors of Aspen Tree Ministries his gift of administration and organization, particularly related to financial and tax expertise. He is sought out for his spiritual wisdom and insights, and respected for his integrity and leadership abilities. His love for the Lord seasons all that he does.
Board Member - Heather Bush wears the many hats of a “stay-at-home/on the go” Mom. She and husband, Jimmy, were both valedictorian graduates of their high school class of over 400 students in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As a graduate of Asbury College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Heather knew that her calling in this season of life was to serve her family. Besides lovingly supporting her husband in his endeavors, she is household manager, chauffer, classroom mom, baseball mom, cheerleader, spiritual director, dance and gymnastics trainer, teacher, Scout mom, encourager, and nurturer to their three children, Camden, Kaia, and Layna.
Heather and her family live in Lexington, Kentucky, where they are members of Christ United Methodist Church. At Christ Church she serves as the 3 & 4 year old Children’s Sunday School teacher and VBS coordinator. She leads a Women’s Bible Study group, is the Children and Family Coordinator, and is on the Council of Ministries. Her personal witness and outreach ministry has brought many new families to the church.
Exemplifying the characteristics of a Proverbs 31 woman in her personal and family life, Heather is also an Independent Consultant with Thirty One Company which offers practical, fashionable, and stylish bags, purses, totes, and accessories for today’s woman on the go. She combines business with ministry as this venue affords her additional opportunities to encourage and witness to women, offering fellowship, conversation and community building through home gatherings. Heather is also a professional cake designer and decorator which gives her an outlet for expressing her creative edge.
Heather brings to the Aspen Tree Ministries Board of Directors a strong commitment to faith and family, incredible gifts of organization and implementation, and spiritual wisdom and discernment as it relates to decision-making and direction.