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

Tara Wimberly

Director of kids and youth ministries

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

Michelle Rutherford

church Administrative Assistant

Michelle Rutherford is a lifelong resident of the Augusta area. She has 27 years of clerical experience with 15 of those years being in the medical field. She and her husband, Steve, have a blended family of 6 children including 4 teenagers of which still live at home. In her free time, Michelle loves spending time with her family as well as crocheting, tatting, and cross-stitching.
ext. 2012

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 have been married over 30 years and have two adult children. Their daughter works as a Speech Language Pathologist and their son is a Chemical Engineer.
ext. 2017

Barry Brown

Facilities manager

ext. 2025

leadership board

Jason Tisdale

Board Chair and Lay Member to Annual conference

Anne Matson

Lay Leader

Beth Baughn

Board Member

Connie Edwards

board member

Hap Harris

Board Member

Dick Magruder

Board Member

Sandra Moore

Board Member

Cindy Pletcher

Board Member

Jim Williams

board member and Trustee Chair