Gail Ashmore

MA in Ministry Leadership student
Pastoral Leadership concentration
Sioux Center, Iowa

For many students, the choice between seminaries is a difficult one. Not for Gail Ashmore.

“It was an easy decision,” she says. “Calvin immediately partnered with me and affirmed my gifts, calling, and dreams.”

As Calvin’s first fully online student in her program, she experienced the seminary’s personal dedication firsthand.

“It was a big leap of faith to begin seminary,” Gail says. “Calvin not only took a personal interest in what God was doing in my life, but they had the desire to walk alongside me in the journey.”

Gail’s passion, as she will enthusiastically tell you, is to shepherd people through pastoral care and the truth of God's Word.

She serves with her husband, Sam, in campus ministries at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. The pair hope to someday plant and pastor a church together.

As Gail provides pastoral care on campus and partners in raising two young children, she is grateful for the opportunity to plan out her seminary coursework around an already busy schedule.

“As a mom of two young children, my time and availability are quite limited. I often questioned if it was the right time to do school,” says Gail.

Because of the distance learning program, she feels at ease communicating with professors, staying on top of coursework, and connecting with classmates through Zoom meetings.


In an average week, you might find Gail volunteering at her church, having coffee with a Dordt student, speaking at a local event, and attending a play group for moms. Does this look like the average life of a seminary student? Today, perhaps it should.

Seminary students like Gail deserve a program that is radically accessible where they are.