Pastors, Staff, and Leadership Board

Rev. Brett DeHart

senior pastor

Pastor Brett focuses on preaching, worship, mission, outreach, and strategic spiritual leadership.
Rev. DeHart has served as Senior Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church since 2020. He has led several congregations in North Georgia over the last 19 years. In each setting, community engagement and missional outreach increased. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Brett and his wife have been married for 30 years and have two young adult children (a daughter who is a Registered Dietitian and a son training to be a pilot).
ext. 2018

Rev. Kim Eanes

Connections Pastor

Pastor Kim’s chief responsibilities are pastoral care, Senior Saints ministry, and discipleship.

Kim spent the first eleven years of her ordained ministry serving small town and rural churches in the Iowa Conference of the UMC (1990-2001). Following the death of her husband in 2000, Kim made the decision to move closer to her parents who had recently retired to Aiken, South Carolina. For the past 21 years, Kim has served a variety of churches including rural, suburban, multi-generational, and New Church starts across South Carolina, including Greenwood, Columbia, Surfside Beach, Fort Mill, Cheraw, and Lexington (2001-2022).
ext. 2016

Tara Wimberly

Kids' Ministry Director

Tara and her husband, Stephen, have 6 beautiful children. She has served her church families in many roles through the years, such as Church Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Nursery Teacher, VBS Director, Special Events Coordinator, and Children's Church Teacher. She also has taught Elementary Science for six years. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children play soccer, dance and cheer.
"But Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.' "   Matthew 19:14
ext. 2015

Linda Leslie Bradberry

Director of Music Ministries

 Linda Leslie Bradberry is a lifelong musician, choral conductor, pianist, teacher, gardener, mother of two and grandmother of five. She is celebrating 34 years of service through music and worship at Aldersgate. "The Lord is my strength and my song."
Ps. 118:14
 ext. 2014

Mark Dickens


 Mark Dickens first came to Aldersgate as organist in 2016.  An Augusta native, he has served local churches for the last 22 years.  Mark and his wife have two daughters and are marking 13 years of marriage this year.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of South Carolina.
 ext. 2014

Ed Wicker, JR.

church Business Administrator

Ed Wicker has served as Church Business Administrator of Aldersgate United Methodist Church since 2017. He has served as finance chair for 10 years and served on the finance committee for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Ed and his wife, Marie, have been married for nearly 42 years. They have an adult son, David, living in Denver and an adult daughter, Brenner, who is married to Paul in Augusta. Ed and Marie have 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson.
ext. 2010

Jill Sessions

Church Communications

Jill Sessions has served as Communications Specialist on staff since 2007. As a member of Aldersgate UMC, she has led children's programs and women's Bible Studies. Connecting people with the Lord, each other, resources, and information is her personal and professional mission. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and have two adult children.
ext. 2017

Barry Brown

Facilities manager

ext. 2025

Connie Pearre

Ministry Assistant

Connie Pearre has served on our staff since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and newest grand baby, and gardening in her free time.

leadership board

Jim Showman


Karen Britton

Lay Leader

Jason Tisdale

Lay Member to Annual Conference

Connie Edwards

board member


Board Member

Scott Macgregor

Board Member

Anne Matson

board member

Bill Phillips

board member

Gail Robinson

board member