Our Staff


  • Rev. Dr. W. Bryan Faggart

    Senior Pastor

    Bryan is Aldersgate’s Senior Pastor. He is the husband of Judy, a Montessori teacher at George Watts Elementary School, and the father of Meredith a social worker at Croasdaile Village in Durham. Bryan has served churches as choir director, youth minister, minister of Christian formation, as pastor, and he has been a hospital chaplain. He is passionate about worship and feels privileged to lead Aldersgate’s gifted, diligent, and fun church staff. Bryan is an avid reader, loves a good movie, and is rejuvenated from playing with Sadie, an English Spaniel mix, who chose the Faggarts to be her humans. The scripture that, on his best days, guides his life is Micah 6:8: “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  You can reach Bryan at bryan@aldersgate.org.

  • 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.

  • Evelyn Johnson

    Director of Aldersgate Weekday ministry

    For the past 10 years I have been the Director of Aldersgate’s Weekday School and the Afterschool Program. We have over 250 children between the two programs so there is always something exciting happening at the school. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from Bethany College in California. Growing up a Navy kid I have lived in many different states and countries. My husband Ric and I moved to Durham in 1998 and fell in love with the area. 


    My two children (or adults as they like to be called) are Becca and Matt. Matt is working on his Fire Technology degree while volunteering at Lebanon Fire Station – he has definitely found his calling. And Becca is in her first year at Elon University to study Exercise Science. She is having a great year so far!


    I thoroughly enjoy being with all my students who I feel are my kids. I love to see them out in town at the store or a restaurant after they have graduated from the preschool or afterschool and see how they have grown. The students make me smile every day and bring joy to my life. My desire is that every child who attends Aldersgate knows how special they are to us and to God. You can reach Evelyn at evie@aldersgate.org .

  • 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

  • Henry Branson

    Director of Music & Arts

    Henry feels blessed to be a part of the Aldersgate community. He began his musical training at the age of nine 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 Assistant Conductor of the Greenville Choral Society. In August 2018 and 2019, he attended the Yale School of Music Norfolk Choral Workshop as a conducting fellow under Simon Carrington.

     

    Henry is especially interested in early music. He has completed many editions of polyphonic music (including Dunstable, Ockeghem, Tallis, Sheppard, and Victoria), and most recently completed a performing edition of the Michel-Richard deLalande grand motet, Quemadmodum desiderat fontes, which received a premiere performance at the Chorworks Young Artists Summer Course 2019 – a program which he founded alongside Philip Cave. He currently serves as a Staff Singer at Duke Chapel, where he sings in two choirs and performs in the popular Bach Cantata Series. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running, and watching sports (especially baseball and college basketball).


    To email Henry, send to henry@aldersgate.org

  • 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

  • Mary Taylor

    Treasurer

    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.

  • Misty Redford

    Office Administrator

    I was born and raised in Durham.  I graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. As a college graduate, I began working as an outside Sales Representative which led me to another opportunity as a mortgage broker. I grew up as a dancer and have taught at Nina’s School of Dance and still travel occasionally to judge dance competitions for Showbiz and Primetime National Talent Competition.  My husband Bobby and I have two children, Langdon and Davinee who attend Voyager Academy.  Both of my children attended Aldersgate Weekday School. My parents are Jimmy and Debbie Sykes who are members of Aldersgate. I am delighted to be a part of the Aldergate Staff.   


  • 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.

  • Fred Westbrook

    Director of Communications

    Fred is our Director of Communications. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA as the media program project director at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. There he taught the course Media Communications and the Church for senior divinity students annually for several years. At Emory, Fred also had stops developing a video curriculum on health and faith at the Carter Center (two years) and as Head, Media Services and Library Systems at Emory's Health Sciences Center Library (9 years) while also restarting Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the university. 


    North Carolina was calling. Fred came to Duke in late 2000 where he directed the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning at the School of Nursing, with occasional supply preaching in local PCUSA churches. Three years later he moved to Duke OIT to set up video capture/streaming media capacity at Duke. In 2006 he started his own media production company that continues to serve Duke university today supporting streaming in Duke Chapel, Page Auditorium and elsewhere two or three times each week. Fred is a member of The Congregation at Duke Chapel and served previously as its part-time Associate for Communications and IT. Fred's daughters Treah, Sarah and their families worship at North Decatur UMC in the Atlanta area. Fred has three pups, Remy, Roxie and Foster (shown in photo), is a painter, sometime musician and lives in Northgate Park.


    About his new position at Aldersgate, Fred says: "All my life's work I feel has been lived around the notion that faith makes a difference, that God's grace in Jesus Christ and the life we live as the church are critical not just to our survival, but to the world. The more we improve our efforts at communicating God's love, living it out, sharing the goodness we've come to know by embodying that love, we give ourselves more completely to the Kingdom Jesus ushered in. That I might be useful in this remarkable Aldersgate community to help spread the word of the love of God and witness of the saints gathered here, is my earnest prayer."  

    email: fred@aldersgate.org  cell phone: 919-824-4699