Contact the Piedmont College Chaplain
P.O. Box 10
Demorest GA 30535
Office: Demorest: Daniel 321-B
Phone: 706-778-3000 extension 1179
The Rev. Dr. Ashley Cook Cleere spent her childhood in New England, where Congregational churches abound. While an undergraduate at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, her participation on the Chapel Board introduced her to ministry as an avenue for striving to effect change in the world. She acquired a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, was ordained, and gained standing in both the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ. After eight years as a local church pastor, Rev. Cleere came to Piedmont in 1999 and, as a friend put it, "got the job she always wanted." She continues to love her work because of the students' enthusiasm and the remarkable ways they live out their faith. After she completed a doctor of ministry degree at Columbia Theological Seminary, teaching added another dimension to the chaplain's interaction with students. Topping the list of her academic interests are the Old Testament and American religious history; she looks forward to getting acquainted with freshmen in her Religion 101 classes.