Lisa Sebastian
Director of Adult Ministries

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Family Info: I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Nick, since 1999, just shortly after joining Aldersgate. We have three children, Landon (8), Sydney (10) and Gavin (15). You can find them helping out all over church in various areas such as in the sound booth or in the nursery. And, you can’t miss my daughter, she’s the one with the large stroller pushing her “twins” around.

When did you join the staff of Aldersgate? I first joined the Aldersgate staff on June 1,1999 as the Youth Pastor, then after a few years moved to being the Middle School and Family Pastor until October 1, 2011. After taking some time off to raise my then very young children, I rejoined the staff on October 31, 2016 as the Director of Adult Ministries.

What did you do before joining Aldersgate? Before joining Aldersgate in 1999, I was finishing up my Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries degree at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. Also prior to Aldersgate, while at Asbury, I served as the volunteer Youth Pastor at Nicholasville Free Methodist Church, worked in the shoe department at Dillards, and played softball with an amazing group of ladies at the school (never mind we lost every game, we had a blast).

What do you do for fun? I love to do Zumba fitness – it’s my fun and my exercise! But, send me out somewhere with a tent, a kayak, or a backpack and I am a very happy girl. Although I love the outdoors, I’m always up for a Star Wars, Marvel, or Hunger Games movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some romance and comedy movies too, like The Notebook and 50 First Dates.

Favorite books? Umm, books, what are books? I have never enjoyed reading fiction (CliffsNotes were my friend in high school), but I love to read books relating to life and to ministry. Wonder, Fear and Longing: A Book of Prayers by Mark Yaconelli is a practical prayer guide that drew me closer into communion with my Savior. Fresh Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson was such a breath of fresh air to me years ago that I’m actually reading it again.

Who has influenced you the most in ministry/life? My mom because of her steadfastness to the Word of God throughout my whole life and encouraging us to attend church regularly growing up. I would also have to say the people of Aldersgate who have loved me and my family unconditionally for the past 19 years, and for their faithful witness to the power of prayer.