URBANA — The Rev. Ashley Updegraff-Balow has been installed as the new associate pastor for youth and family ministry at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Updegraff-Balow, a St. Louis native who is married to Tim Balow, is a recent graduate of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. She received her bachelor of arts degree in religion and sociology from the University of Iowa. She has also served as master of ceremonies for GROUP Mission Trips for the past five years. GROUP Mission Trips gather Christian young people from around the country to serve distressed neighborhoods through home repair and renovation.
Updegraff-Balow can be contacted at email@example.com.