Rev. Randy Blanton, Senior Pastor
Randy became Senior Pastor of Aldersgate in July 2016. We are blessed that he has joined this congregation in his call to ordained ministry. Randy is an Elder in full connection with the United Methodist and has been in ministry for more than 16 years. Randy is married to Gina, and they have two daughters Madeleine and Lillian. Randy is charged with ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service at Aldersgate. This means he preaches and teaches the Word of God, provides pastoral care and counsel, administers the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and orders the life of the church for service in mission and ministry.
Rev. Jamie Mosteller, Assistant Pastor
I guess you could say that I am one of the new kids on the block. I became the Assistant Pastor at Aldersgate UMC in July 2015. This is my first offical appointment and I am truly blessed to be here and apart of some amazing people; People that are devoted to sharing the love of Christ within our community and around the world.
I am currently in seminary pursing my Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I also hold an A.S. from Cleveland Community College in Criminal Justice, a B.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and a Masters of Arts in Theology from Liberty University.
My wife Tami and I have two daughters Abbigayl and Emma. When I am not at church or at school, I love spending time with my family watching movies, passing softball or going to the beach.
In order to get to know us better, we invite you to stop by Aldersgate and worship with us.
Lindsay Carter, Director of Children's Ministries
I grew up in Nashville, TN but decided to leave the great volunteer state and to attend Gardner-Webb University where I majored in Elementary Education. After two years of teaching I made the transition to Children’s Ministry and have never looked back. I have a passion for the Lord and love teaching children about Him. I feel truly honored and blessed that God has called me to carry out his ministry. I am married to my best friend, Chip. We love to watch movies, go for walks, and spend time with our family and friends.
Christina Martin, Director of Youth Ministries
I am originally from King, North Carolina, I traveled down to the Shelby area to start working on my undergraduate degree in 2011. During that time, I had the opportunity to serve at local and out-of-state summer camps where I received my call to ministry. In 2015 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Discipleship and decided that I wasn’t ready to move away!
Currently I am pursuing my Masters of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University while also holding a position on staff in Gardner-Webb’s Campus Recreation program as the Graduate Assistant. In my free time I love to climb, read, and hang out with my boyfriend JJ and my puppy Norman!
I am immensely grateful for my opportunity to serve the youth here at Aldersgate. I love working with teens and I am excited for everything that is in store for the youth and the program! Although I am new to Aldersgate, I know that the Lord is present in these people and in this ministry.
Anne Bowen Goss
After serving as a Choral Director in NC public schools for 33 years, I was excited to retire and enjoy the flexibility of the daily routine that retirement brings. Little did I realize that God had other plans and directed me ‘back’ to Aldersgate. I grew up in this church as a ‘charter baby’ as my parents are Charter members. I was baptized and married here. (I married a Baptist and we were members of the Presbyterian church for 37 years.) It was through the music ministry at Aldersgate that I found my career love and more importantly, my spiritual focus. Throughout my life, I have continued to reference the many experiences within the Aldersgate family that encouraged that growth. My prayer is that our music ministry will continue to inspire and enhance the worship experience as we share God’s word through rehearsal, anthem, and most of all through congregational singing.
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Meredith College and a Master of Music degree from UNC-G. My husband, Mike, and I have two children, Elizabeth and Troy. Elizabeth is a former high school science teacher and now a BSN at Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Troy serves as a Captain in the Marine Corp. He and wife Jana have blessed us with three wonderful grandchildren, Troy Jr, Tyson, and Tinley.
Tommy W. Greene, Organist and Pianist
Passion and discipline - The most important reasons I’m involved in church music.! !
It seems as though I’ve been involved in church music my entire life. From the days of singing in the Junior Choir at LaFayette St UMC until today, I can probably say that I have been involved my entire life. My first experience playing the organ was for a Sunday night service at LaFayette St church when I was in the 5th grade - quite a long time ago. I was encouraged to do so by the organist there at the time and she continued to encourage me and teach me over the next 20+ years. Although I didn’t realize at the time, I was truly blessed by her encouragement. ! !
Because I’ve been blessed with a gift, my church role is a mechanism to share this gift and also keep me disciplined to practice for weekly services and keep the gift alive. I truly love my role at Aldersgate and considered this my role in ministry there! !
My ‘day job’ is in the accounting field at a local company here in Shelby. Interests outside of Church and work include cooking, travel, and good wine!
Judy Gordon, Bookkeeper/Treasurer
Judy puts the ink to the paper. Her position at Aldersgate is all about the numbers. She keeps track of the literal in’s and out’s at the church. Her day consists of making sure we have accurate records of funds received and monies paid out. It is not as simple as keeping one column of received and one of paid as you may think. Accounting and being accountable is stressful and Judy keeps the church notified of all the finances. She has been part of the Aldersgate staff since May 2009.
Wesley L. Hendrick, Church Secretary
I was born and raised in our beautiful town of Shelby. I graduated from Gardner-Webb University where I majored in Business Administration. I feel truly honored and blessed that God has called me to be at Aldersgate with all the wonderful staff and members. I am married to my best friend, Josh. I have a stepson, Carter, and a golden retriever named Sam. I love music, watching movies, being outside anywhere near water, and spending time with our family and friends.
Melissa Medlin, Sexton
Melissa is in charge of making sure everything is cleaned up after we all make a big mess.
Aldersgate has a fairly large campus and Melissa makes sure the inside of the buildings are clean and ready for all who come to worship.
Burney Drake, Building Superintendent
My husband, Burney Drake, has been a member of Aldersgate UMC for 34 years. He retired from education as a teacher, coach and principal. Burney and I have been married for 44 years and I tell everyone that I am the “better half” even though he really is. Our kids are Bryan Drake and Carrie Drake. Bryan is married to Shannon and they have blessed us with two awesome grandkids, Lilt and Morgan. They live in Morganton and own the Mountain Burrito restaurant on Fleming Street. So if you are in Morganton or passing through, stop and try the food; we tell everyone that our grandkids need new shoes. Carrie has just moved back to Shelby and has taken a position at Gardner Webb University as the Director of Academics for Student Athletes; we are glad she is back at home.
Matt McNeary and Burney have been building superintendents at the church for the past 8 years. They are the “Dynamic Duo.” You need to know anything concerning the church than they are the Go-To-Guys. Burney has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and is presently the Executive Director. He loves his church, family, Shelby High, Shelby High Football, working in dirt with his flowers and plants, helping people, teaching Sunday school and bible studies.
From Cindy Drake,
The other “Better Half"
Matt McNeary, Building Superintendent
I grew up in the college town of Orono, Maine. I attended the University of Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. My work life has included engineering and management positions. I have enjoyed different things about all the places I have lived - Western Massachusetts, Central Vermont, Upstate of South Carolina and Shelby (two different times). After retirement in 2003 from KEMET Electronics, Linda and I moved back to Shelby to be closer to our three children and seven grandchildren. I have held the Building Superintendent position since 2007 along with Burney Drake. I enjoy the job due to its variation and interaction with the folks. Solving technical problems is my favorite part of the job. The job is never boring and generally is very rewarding. By the way, I am a Mainer, not a Maine-i-ac!!
Rev. Hayward Morrison, Home Friends Minister
35 plus 15 years and counting!
Rev. Hayward Morrison has been a Methodist pastor for many years. Unknowingly back when, he feels he has been called by God was when he was at least five years old. This warms his heart even today at seventy-eight years young. His 58th wedding anniversary is January 10.
His sister introduced him to a Free Will Baptist congregation where her husband was the pastor. “Hayward is a Methodist from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet” she said. He then decided, “I’d rather be a Christian more than being a Methodist.”
Hayward has served as a Methodist pastor for 35 years, and then 15 years in retirement; plus or minus a few. It has been fun doing just what he wants. His greatest joy is talking with people, never meeting a stranger, young or old. Soon to be, he has 15 years as a chaplain at the hospital and 11 years as Aldersgate congregation’s Minister to the Home Friends. These have been life fulfilling for Pastor Hayward.
Speaking of Home Friends, Hayward has visited many on a regular basis, members and constituents in their homes, hospital, nursing, assistant living and rehabilitation facilities. Some are shut-ins. Most are mobile single dwellers. We have 18 known church members who are ninety years of age or better.
Most all of his time and efforts are one-to-one contact with our Home Friends.
Hayward is recognized by a large segment of our congregation whose loved ones are Home Friends. He listens to concerns; helps get some issues straightened out, assists with medical needs, short trips, and mainly letting our friends know that Aldersgate loves them. He has kept our friends more connected and informed of the many activities at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He is available to participate in worship services especially in special services as a way of being visible as the Home Friends Minister. He also has been available to assist with funerals and provide comfort to grieving families.
35 plus 14 years and counting is the continuing goal of this solder of the cross.
Terrie Toms, Playschool Director
Need a break from the children to run some errands, or have some much needed personal time, Ms. Terrie and her staff will be glad to make it possible for you. Our playschool is filled with fun and excitment. The kids will spend the day learning through games, crafts, and other activities. There is never a dull moment. Check out more information about the Aldersgate Playschool on their website.
Connie DiLeo, Covenant Missionary to the Dominican Republic
Connie DiLeo has served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic for 12 years. She began her work with Community Partners, an organization founded by retired Methodist Missionaries from England, where she was the overseer of two schools and two clinics. Her work with young people led to the formation of a new faith community. She is currently serving as the pastor of this congregation.
More Information can be found at http://www.umcmission.org/Learn-About-Us/News-and-Stories/2014/May/Mission-Minute-Connie-DiLeo