The Staff of Aldersgate UMC
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Rev. Alex Stevenson, Pastor
Rev. Alex Stevenson was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to SC at the age of 5. His father was an engineer and his mother a homemaker and accountant. He grew up in the church and heard his call to ministry at a young age. His family had attended many different kinds of churches, so when he heard his call he wondered which church God was calling him to be a minister in. Alex decided that the United Methodist Church was the place, because he found that, in the United Methodist Church, Christians of differing points of view could share their beliefs in a Christian environment and grow and the Spirit made the church stronger through those differences.
Alex received his BA from USC Columbia in Psychology and Religious Studies. He later received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Duke Divinity School. He has served United Methodist churches since 1990. He has served in Abbeville, Belton, Columbia, and Spartanburg.
Alex has been at Aldersgate since June of 2015 and is excited about its many different ministries. In the church, Alex loves singing, leading worship, preaching, teaching, and participating in mission outreach. He has always put a special emphasis on the church moving out of the building and into the world. In all his churches he has sought to develop missions and outreach programs as well as growing evangelism and hospitality ministries.
Personally Alex has been married for 28 years to Melissa. They have two grown daughters, Mary and Kaitlyn. Mary is a social worker in Greenville, SC and Kaitlyn is an elementary school music teacher. Melissa is a librarian. Alex knows American Sign Language and is dedicated to making the church accessible to persons with disabilities. He sings tenor and plays the flute. He loves music, science, reading science fiction, and watching sports on TV especially USC football and Duke basketball.
Johannah Myers, Director of Christian Formation
Johannah Myers is originally from Summerville, SC. She graduated from Furman University where she received a B.A. in Psychology. After Furman, she attended the Divinity School at Duke University where she received her Master of Divinity. Johannah has worked in Christian education for over 10 years, focusing on adult discipleship and children’s ministry. She’s served as the Director of Christian Formation at Aldersgate since 2009. Here, she oversees Bible studies and other small groups, Sunday School, retreats, plus a little thing AUMC calls Messy Church (a fun family ministry). She enjoys teaching Bible studies – but in her spare time she is an avid sports fan, especially Duke football and basketball, loves to travel around the world, and owns one crazy black Labrador retriever named Millie. At the end of 2015, Johannah will begin her Doctor of Ministry in leadership through Wesley Theological Seminary.
Ruth Hughes, Director of Children’s & Leisure Ministries
Ruth has been on staff at Aldersgate for 25 years and is currently responsible for Children’s Ministries programming, Leisure Ministries activities, Older Adult Ministries and Hospitality Design. She is married to her husband Gary and has three children; Brianna, Claudia and Sean. As the daughter of a United Methodist minister, working at Aldersgate has brought her full circle to where she thinks God wants her to be.
|Luke Browder, Director of Music
(phone extension 208)
Luke Browder came to Greenville in 2005 to attend Furman University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree. He received his Master of Music degree from Converse College in 2013. He has taught voice at The Lawson Academy at Converse, Clemson University, and currently teaches voice and church music leadership courses at North Greenville University. He has sung with the Greenville Chorale, Piedmont Men’s Chorale, and Spartanburg Festival Chorus, as well as numerous opera and theatre companies, and multiple church choirs. From 2011-2015 he served as Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and he is excited to be answering God’s call to serve at Aldersgate. Luke lives in Greenville with his wife Chelsea, and their dog, Spirit the Springer Spaniel.
At the age of 4, although he could not read music then, Ryland would sit at the piano with his sister as she practiced.
At age 7, his parents enrolled him in Furman University’s Pre-College Piano for Young People to study music history, theory and composition under Dr. Karen Eshelman Tompkins and Ann H. Guest until age 18 upon his graduation from Hampton Park Christian School of Greenville, SC.
Ryland continued his study as a Church Music Major with piano and voice proficiencies at Bob Jones University (1995-2000) under Dr. Fred R. Coleman.
We are so happy to have Ryland here at Aldersgate!
|Jennifer Nelson, Director of Child Development Center
(phone extension 202, direct phone line 864- 268-5028)Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from College of Charleston before pursuing and receiving a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to Aldersgate CDC, Jennifer taught sixth grade, K4 and Reading Recovery in public schools. She was a Media Specialist in Pickens County, and taught Spanish at church preschools in both Rock Hill and Greenville. She has been Director of Aldersgate CDC since 2010. Jennifer and her husband Jon have three children: Emily, Mary Katherine and J.C., who all live in Greenville.
Susan Hamilton , Office Manager & Communications
Susan Hamilton was born in California but at an early age, moved to South Carolina. She attended Greenville Technical College and Winthrop University. She was a bank teller, then trainer for 10 years with Bank of Greer, which turned into United Carolina Bank. She then began working for Belk Department Stores and was a Buyer for them for over 11 years. After staying home with her young children for a few years, God led her to work at Aldersgate. She and her family were already members so it felt natural. After working part-time for 2 years, she moved into a full time position. She has been working at Aldersgate since August, 2004. She is currently the Office Manager and also works with Communication.
Her hobbies include all types of crafts: wreath making, painting, jewelry design, just to name a few. She also loves to travel in the United States. Susan and her husband, Eddie have three grown daughters, Jessica, Heather and Sarah, who all live in Greenville.
Norma Dempsey , Financial Secretary (phone extension 206)
Norma grew up in Bath, Maine, graduated from Morse High School and attended Farmington College. She has had a long career in accounting, working with various companies from Connecticut to South Carolina. Before she came to Aldersgate, she worked 10 years at Ryan’s Steak Houses and was promoted to Accounting Manager midway through her tenure. At the Lord’s leading, she sought work, not in the secular field but in Christian endeavors where she could use her talents for the Lord. Norma has been on staff at Aldersgate since January, 1997.
Norma and her husband, Bo have two grown children, Bob (in Houston, TX) and Laurie (Travelers Rest) and two Grandsons, Cameron and Jacob also in Travelers Rest. (Bo has 3 children from a previous marriage.)