In June 2017, Aldersgate adopted a new model of leadership, with 13 lay leaders together doing the work of leading the church. In the past, there were numerous committees and councils, and it was both difficult and time-consuming to gather everyone for all the meetings that model required.

Members of the Leadership Team
July 2021 ~ June 2022

Paul Amos Lay Leader

Terri Phillips Team Record & Treasurer
Cecilia Beck Staff Parish Relations Committee Lead

Hank Henderson Trustees Lead

Ed Little Finance Lead and United Methodist Men Representative

Shari Van Buren Spiritual Formation Co-Lead

Susan Kane Spiritual Formation Co-Lead

John Driscoll Connections Co-Lead

Christine McElwain Connections Co-Lead

Sarah Lynn Mertins Mission Co-Lead

Julie Pfister Mission Co-Lead

Caryn Souza Worship Lead

Karen Latta United Methodist Women Representative

Rachel Franks Davis Young Adult Representative

Patricia Barron Community Engagement Lead

Debbie Farson Strategic Planning Lead

Joel Simpson, Jack Sutton, Chloe Bratten, Sofia Bryant Youth Representatives


Randy Orndorff 
Lead Pastor
Jon Poarch Pastor

Nominations and Leadership Development

Members of the Leadership Team are to be spiritually mature Christ-followers who are passionate about the mission and vision of Aldersgate and spiritually gifted and called to be part of this team. The Leadership Team will consist of 15 lay members serving in three rotating classes. The Lead Pastor, appointed Associate Pastor(s), Director of Communications, and Administrative Assistant are permanent ex-officio members of the Leadership Team.

The lay members of the Leadership Team are nominated by the Nominations Committee for election at a Charge Conference held in June, with their terms beginning on July 1. Persons who discern that they may be called by God to serve on the Leadership Team will complete a Profile Application and Spiritual Gifts Inventory and may be interviewed by the existing Leadership Team members as part of the discernment and nominating process.

Download the Leadership Team Description,

Profile Form, and Leadership Covenant 

Meetings of the Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is scheduled to meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, although sometimes circumstances require the meeting to be rescheduled or postponed. Meeting dates and times are announced to the congregation at least one week before the meeting.

To contact a Leadership Team Member,

please email