Our Staff

  • Rev. Dr. W. Bryan Faggart

    Senior Pastor

  • Eric Prenshaw

    Pastor of Christian Formation and Education

    Eric is our Pastor of Christian Formation focusing in children and adult education. Eric is passionate about discipleship and loves helping people grow deeper in their relationship with God. After graduating Duke Divinity School in 2011, Eric has served in various roles in the church with children, youth, and adults. In 2018, he was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife Carley, running, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors. 

    To send Eric an email, click on his photo.

  • Holly Marlow Hall

    Director of Communications

    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: info@aldersgate.org....She'll answer them too ! 

    To email Holly, click on her picture. 

  • Henry Branson

    Director of Music & Arts

    Henry is very excited to join the Aldersgate community. He began his musical training at age 9 as a treble chorister in the North Carolina Boys Choir and has been singing ever since. Henry was raised in the United Methodist Church, and has held Choral Scholar and Intern music positions in Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches while working towards his degrees. He believes that music is an essential part of worship, and that it is one of the most powerful ways to glorify God.

    Henry received his BM in Music Education from Furman University and his MM in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University. During his time at Furman, he directed The Twelve Peers, a student ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music and contemporary choral music. While at ECU, he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Music and as the Assistant Conductor of the Greenville Choral Society. In August of 2018, he attended the Yale School of Music Norfolk Choral Workshop as a conducting fellow.

    Henry is especially interested in early music. He currently serves as a Staff Singer at Duke Chapel and is a member of the Raleigh Bach Soloists. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running, and watching sports (especially baseball and college basketball).

    To email Henry, please click on his photo.

  • Lydia Cauley

    Director of Youth & Outreach

    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.

    To email Lydia, click on her photo

  • Evelyn Johnson

    Director of Aldersgate Weekday ministry

    Evelyn is responsible for the daily operations of the Preschool and After school programs. 

    To email Evelyn, click on her photo.

  • Mary Taylor


    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. 

    To email Mary, click on her photo.

  • Alan Roberts

    Facility Manager

    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 Fire Battalion Chief after 30 years. 

    To email Alan, click on his photo.

  • Stan Benton

    Principal Organist

    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