Meet Our Staff
Rev. Michael Bingham, Pastor
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Rev. Michael Bingham was born and raised in the town of Benton, which is in the mountains of rural Southeast Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 1989 with a BBA in Management. Michael worked for six years at Siskin Steel, beginning in Chattanooga, TN. He moved to the Greenville, SC area in 1992 to oversee warehouse operations in the Carolinas.
Michael left industry in 1995 and began work as Director of Youth and Evangelism at Memorial United Methodist Church. In 1998 Michael accepted his first appointment and began attending Erskine Theological Seminary full time. He graduated from Erskine in 2001 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theological Studies.
During his ministry, Michael has been blessed to serve with Salkehatchie Summer Service, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), and has travelled to Mexico, Malawi and various places in the United States.
As a result of the 9/11 attacks, Michael began serving as a Fire Department Chaplain serving with Western Laurens Volunteer Fire Department Station 26 (2001-2002), the Columbia Fire Department (2002-2010) and The South Carolina Emergency Response Task Force for Urban Search and Rescue (2005-2016). After more than 15 years of service, Michael has stepped aside from this fun and exciting (but demanding) portion of his ministry.
Michael is married to Lucie, who teaches at Reidville Elementary School, where she works with preschool special-needs students. They have two children. Joshua is a software developer in Charlotte, and Margaret is a student at Valdosta State University. Michael spends his spare time reading, hiking, camping and cooking.
Dr. Johannah Myers, Director of Christian Formation
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Johannah Myers is originally from Summerville, SC. She graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Psychology and the Divinity School at Duke University where she received her Master of Divinity. Johannah has worked in Christian education for 15+ 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, and Messy Church. Johannah also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Messy Church USA for North and South Carolina. https://www.messychurch.org.uk/messy-blog/north-and-south-carolina-usa-regional-coordinator.
In May 2019, Johannah received her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary after studying with an international cohort at Wesley House, Cambridge UK. Her doctoral project was called “Practicing Faith Together: Messy Church and Disciple Formation” and focused on inter-generational discipleship.
Ruth Hughes, Director of Children’s & Leisure Ministries
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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.
Dr. Grant Knox, Director of Music
Grant earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the Eastman School of music and his D.M. at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He serves as Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre at Furman University. Dr. Knox is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital. He has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Atlanta, Rochester Lyric Opera, GLOW Lyric Theatre, and with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Opera Festival. Equally at home in concert repertoire, Knox has been engaged by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony Orchestra/Chorale, Cobb Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Bach Ensemble of Cincinnati, Rochester Oratorio Society and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Grant and his wife Danielle have two children (Emila and Evelyn) and are thrilled to serve at Aldersgate.
Ryland Brown, Music Ministry
At the age of 4, although he could not read music yet, 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. Ryland is a wonderful musician and we are fortunate to have him with us at Aldersgate.
Jennifer Nelson, Director of Child Development Center
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
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Susan Hamilton has been working for Aldersgate since August 2004. She is married to Eddie Hamilton, and they have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren, with another one on the way.
She started as part-time but once their children were older, she moved into full-time. She is currently the Office Manager, Congregational Care & Communications.
Her hobbies include all types of crafts: painting, wreath making, just to name a few. She also loves to take trips with her family and friends to anywhere.
If you have not met her yet, you will soon!
Her hobbies include all types of crafts: wreath making, painting, jewelry design, just to name a few. She also loves to take quick trips with her husband and kids. They have three grown daughters; Jessica, who lives in Colorado, Heather who is married to Chance and they have 2 children and live in Taylors, and Sarah who lives in Greenville with her daughter Brooke.
David Loose, Financial Secretary
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Hi there, my name is David Loose, (sounds like Louse) the new Financial Manager, here at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Greenville is my hometown and I graduated from Wade Hampton High School and Furman University. After graduation from Furman, I moved to Atlanta, GA for over 20 years and worked as a Bank Control Analyst for NAPA Auto Parts.
I moved back to Greenville in the last few years. I enjoy boating, cookouts, spending time in the mountains in the spring, summer, and fall. I also enjoy sightseeing and travelling, especially to places like Europe, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Biltmore House in Asheville, and other touristy spots across the USA. I also enjoy theme parks such as Disney World, Epcot Center, Harry Potter World, Sea World, etc. My favorite sports are College and NFL Football.
I hope this gives you a little glimpse into who I am, and I feel sure we will eventually meet person to person. I am happy to be here at Aldersgate!
Aldersgate UMC SC
Greenville, SC 29615