Rev. Dr. Homer E. Morris, Senior Pastor was appointed to Aldersgate UMC effective July1, 2015. He is a graduate (B.A.) of Central Bible College and holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was appointed Deacon in 1977 and a Full Member/Elder of the United Methdist denomination in 1979. Since then he has served churches all over eastern North Carolina, most recently serving St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro. His book, Utilizing Word Pictures in Narrative Sermons was published in 1992, and he is also author of "Filling Father's Shoes", a 1999 Book-On-Tape. Dr. Morris and his wife, Debra have three children: Christy, John and Aaron.
Churches served: Harlowe-Oak Grove UMC, 5th Ave. UMC Wilmington NC, Burgaw Watha UMC, Whiteville UMC, First Clinton UMC, First Morehead City UMC, St. Paul UMC Goldsboro, NC, Jarvis UMC Greenville NC and Aldersgate UMC -
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Eric join Aldersgate UMC on July 18, 2016. Here is his introduction:
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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Jack grew up in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Durham with his family in 1985. He and Barbara married in 1970 and have three children and four grandchildren. Jack is a veteran having served four years on active duty with a naval flight squadron from 1969-1973. He graduated from Miami University and worked for fifteen years for United Way in Rochester, NY; Richmond, Va; and in Durham. Jack enrolled in Duke Divinity School where he received his Master of Divinity Degree in 2000. He completed the Residency Program in Hospital Chaplaincy at Duke University Hospital before being appointed to serve as pastor of churches in both Granville and Person Counties. Most recently, Jack completed Stephen Ministry Leader Training in preparation for his role with pastoral care at Aldersate UMC. Jack enjoys singing in the Aldersgate choir; walking Ozzie, his lab mix dog and watching his four grandchildren compete in sports.
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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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Spreading THE WORD, literally, is Holly's job as Director of Communications. With over 30 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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Andrew Woods is our Director of Youth and Recreation Ministries. He is graduating from Duke Divinity School in 2015 and is a proud Cameron Crazie Duke fan. As Youth Director, his responsibilities include leading all of the student ministries of AUMC with a dedicated team of volunteers. He likes the informal title “champion for youth” because in everything he does, he wants to be an advocate for our youth.
As the Director for Recreation Ministries, Andrew is charged with dreaming and implementing ways for us to do ministry in our community through athletics.
Andrew was born in Durham and considers his patronus to be a bull. He likes sailing, long walks on the beach (no, seriously!), bowties, anything to do with cars, international travel, playing cards, and his corgi, Lucy.
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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