Hello everyone! My name is Eric Prenshaw and I am the new Director of Christian Formation and Education. Grace and peace to you all in the name of Christ. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve God alongside you all and I cannot wait to get more involved at Aldersgate UMC. I am passionate about helping people discover a deeper relationship with God. In my visits and interactions with all of you, I have been so impressed with your passion and energy for nurturing people of all ages in their faith. It brings me joy to offer my gifts and abilities and join you in this amazing ministry.
I grew up in Knoxville, TN and attended college at Furman University. During college I had opportunities in the summer to serve God in both Zion and Glacier National Parks. After leading worship services for park visitors in such an awe-inspiring setting, I knew I was called to ministry. I attended seminary at Duke Divinity School and began my first full time ministry position at Sunrise UMC in Holly Springs as Children and Youth Minister in 2011. After my wife Carley was accepted into a Masters program at ECU, we moved to Greenville in 2014 where I served as Director of Youth Ministries at Jarvis Memorial UMC.
My wife Carley and I met while we were in seminary at Duke Divinity School and were married in 2011. We just celebrated our five year wedding anniversary and are excited to be back in the Triangle area! Carley served for many years as a youth and associate pastor before feeling God’s call to serve in the field of Speech and Language Pathology. She will begin a position at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill on July 1. Carley is excited about being at Aldersgate too and looks forward to serving wherever she can.
In terms of hobbies, I really enjoy running, cycling, backpacking, gardening, and playing guitar. Carley and I are also passionate about physical fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle. We ran our first half-marathon together in 2012 and after that, I have completed 4 marathons and several triathlons. I have hiked about 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail and hope to add to that number over the years. We look forward to seeing how we can share some of these passions with others.
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Spreading THE WORD, literally, is Holly's job as Director of Communications. With over 35 years of Marketing Communications experience, she covers everything from bulletins, social media to webmaster. Everything the church does, COMMUNICATES a message. Communications helps clarify the message. Most things printed, published or electronically distributed comes from her office. She is the voice at the end of the phone and will probably be the first person to greet you as you enter the building. Any questions ? contact: firstname.lastname@example.org....She'll answer them too !
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Hello friends! I am Lydia Cauley and I am so excited to be come part of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. I have been a Methodist since I was born. My father, Rev. Dr. Marty Cauley, is a Methodist Pastor and currently works for the North Carolina Conference. Being a preachers kid means I moved around North Carolina throughout my life. I have lived as far West as Asheville and as far East as Swansboro. I actually went to High School at Charles E. Jordan High School, class of 2007! I graduated from UNC-Asheville with a Bachelors in Drama but I like to keep the drama on the stage and my focus was backstage.
After college I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Detroit for a year and a half and got to work with an amazing group of young people there. I can back to NC and received my Masters of Art in Christian Practice from Duke Divinity in 2015. I love working with youth because they always have the best questions! One of my favorite parts about youth ministry is when we stumble upon a question that we can't find the answer to, so we get to discover it together!
A few other things you may want to know about me...I am a little bit of a nerd. I love Star Wars, I've seen The Last Jedi twice already. I have the dates for movies like Infinity War, Han Solo, and Black Panther all marked on my calendar. I like to read and currently my non-fiction book is Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour and my fiction series is Shadow Hunters.
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Nan is responsible for the overall music ministry at Aldersgate. From singing choirs, handbell ensembles for all ages and a contemporary praise band, as well as encouragement for instrumentalists and soloists to share their talents throughout the year, Aldersgate has something for everyone! An ordained Deacon, Nan also shares in worship planning and preparation with other clergy, staff, and the Worship Committee.
“Music is a gift from God that we delight in returning to God in praise and worship! We try to give our best in worship, as a way to communicate with God and to share God’s Word.” All are welcome to join in our music ministry; our official participation policy is the more, the merrier! Details are in the music section of the church webpage. Come, join in the joy!
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Mary is responsible for maintaining confidentiality while posting all contribution records for our members and preparing quarterly contribution statements.
She keeps accurate records of how money is spent and pay all bills that have been approved for payment as well as prepares all financial reports monthly for the church family and distributes them to committee chairpersons, church council, and the finance committee members.
She also prepares and tracks the church budget each year.
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Alan was born and raised in Durham and attended Durham public schools and DTCC. He has been a member of Aldersgate UMC most of his life. He was the Director of Security and Transportation for Croasdaile Village Retirement Community for the pass five years. Prior to that he worked for NC Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety. He retired from the Durham Fire Department in 2003 as Fir Battalion Chief after 30 years.
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Stan has been active as a church musician since the age of ten. He was blessed to have had Christian parents who taught their children by example. Involvement in church was never something that he and his siblings questioned. Stan believes that Music is one of God’s greatest gifts given to us and it can touch hearts where words sometimes fail.
Throughout his career in church and school music programs, he has had the pleasure of working with other capable musicians. This has always been something he especially enjoyed. Stan believes that Music in Praise of our Lord should be of the finest caliber. He feels that church musicians have a responsibility to keep in mind that church members deserve a fair diversity of musical styles when selecting repertoire for church services.
To contact Stan, please call the church office: 919-477-0509