Leadership

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. Meg Wilkes

Connections pastor

Pastor Meg focuses on Congregational Care, Youth Ministry, Discipleship, and our Senior Saints.
 
Rev. Wilkes has served with her husband (an Elder in the South Carolina Conference) for over 30 years, and has been an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church since 2013. Meg is experienced in ministry with people of all ages and various circumstances, and delights in leading/teaching small groups, offering pastoral care, designing creative worship, and facilitating spiritual formation opportunities. She has most recently served as an Associate Minister in South Carolina. Meg earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Master of Practical Theology from Pfeiffer University/Wesley Theological Seminary.
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

Organist

 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

James Baughn

Church Host & Caterer

 James Baughn has served as a staff member of Aldersgate UMC since 2006. He hosts and/or caters for funerals, weddings, church wide meals and Wednesday night suppers. James considers it an honor to serve in the lives of others. He's lived in the Augusta area since the mid 90’s. James has been married to his wonderful wife, Beth, since 1994. They have two great young adult children, Jack and Julia.

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

Chair

Karen Britton

Lay Leader

Jason Tisdale

Lay Member to Annual Conference

Connie Edwards

board member

MICHAEL HARRISON

Board Member

Scott Macgregor

Board Member

Anne Matson

board member

Bill Phillips

board member

Gail Robinson

board member