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W. Douglas Lain, Jr.
email: Rev. Doug Lain

Doug is originally from High Point, North Carolina. His parents still live there. He was raised in the Methodist Church and has been a lifelong Christian. He was baptized, nurtured and confirmed at First United Methodist Church in downtown High Point. He received his call to ministry as a teenager in that church. Doug attended college at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Doug began his pastoral ministry in 1996. Aldersgate is the fifth church that he has served. Each church that he has served has been unique and has brought different gifts to the Kingdom of God. They have helped him to identify some of the common themes that have emerged in his ministerial career. He definitely has a passion for mission work and beyond, and he loves seeing children and youth grow in the faith. Doug enjoys preaching and teaching, and helping individuals find the best ways to serve the Lord in their home, their church and their community.

Doug and his wife Tara have been married for 12 years. Tara pastors two churches on a part-time basis near Louisburg, but will be taking 2009-2010 off from pastoral ministry as the family transitions into their new Durham home. They have three children. Olivia is seven and has completed the first grade at Wendell Elementary. Emily is five and has been attending a church preschool. Everett is two and currently stays at home with mom. The girls enjoy ballet, tap and reading books.  Everett likes playing with toy trucks and being outside. The entire family enjoys gardening.

When Doug is not engaged in the work of the church he is usually with his family. He is an avid sports fan and is actively teaching the importance of ACC basketball to his children. He considers it a treat to be outdoors and his favorite vacations have all been to places where it was easy to admire God's creation.

Updated June 23, 2009

Aldersgate Senior Pastor Doug Lain
Tara Lain
Associate Pastor
Jane Brannock
Minister of Christian Formation
email: Jane Brannock


Robert Tucker
Assistant Pastor
Nan de Andrade
Minister of Music
email: Nan de Andrade

Nan is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church, and has served for 20 years as music minister in UM churches in the Tennessee Conference (Hendersonville and Murfreesboro) before coming to Aldersgate in Durham, to be closer to family.  She has a Masters of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University – Perkins Seminary (Dallas), as well as a certification in Christian Education.  She loves to sing and to worship, and delights in helping others to experience God through worship and the arts, so she has never had to work a day in her ministry!

Nan and her husband, Bob, both hail from Linthicum, Maryland, and have two grown sons, Luke (married to Emily) and Justice, and a precious daughter, Joanna Pearl (age 4). 

She says, “Investing my whole heart, soul, mind and strength in the service of Christ and his Church has been an awesome privilege, a continually-unfolding adventure and entry into “the joy of the Master.”  I hope and pray that I can effectively help all of Aldersgate grow closer to God and each other, through offering our best in music and worship arts for God’s glory. Please let me know how I can serve you!”


Aldersgate Minister of Music Nan de Andrade
Cathy Sheffield
email: Cathy Sheffield


Laurie Fisher

Evelyn Johnson
Director - Aldersgate Children's Weekday Program



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