Our Staff

Steve Ezra
Senior Pastor

Before coming to Aldersgate in July 2016, Pastor Steve served United Methodist churches in the Tampa Bay area and in Northern Indiana for almost 20 years. He has degrees from Purdue University (B.A.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.), which he says doesn’t mean a whole lot other than it shows he loves to read, write, discuss, debate, and learn new things. He is married and has four children, three of whom are students at University of South Florida. Go Bulls!
His personal mission as a pastor is to preach Jesus Christ, walk with integrity, and love the people God has called him to serve. He says that Aldersgate is making success in his personal mission easy because it truly is a “church of the warm heart” – the people are easy to love! His desire for Aldersgate is be a church that helps people become followers and apprentices of Jesus, learning how to adopt His way of life in the world. Truly loving one another and bearing fruit. Right beliefs and right behaviors. Conversion and sanctification. Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Loving God and loving your neighbor. These kinds of things.

Connie Carpenter

Children & Family Pastor
Connie Carpenter is the Director of Children & Family Ministries and has been here for over 8 years. Connie has a wonderful connection with the children here at Aldersgate.  She enjoys spending time with friends, playing board games, going fishing (although she will not eat any kind of seafood) and playing the guitar. Her favorite thing to do is use her vacation time to travel around the states to see friends and family. The mountains are her favorite place to go to relax and spend time outdoors. 

Jeremiah Garrett

Director of Student and Young Family Ministries
Jeremiah Garrett is the director of student and young family ministries here at Aldersgate. He enjoys exercising, spending time at the beach and watching college football; go Noles! He and his wife Natalia have been together since high school and we have two wonderful little boys, Daniel and Samuel. It is his desire to see young people radically transformed by having a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
Gary Carruthers
Pastor of Congregational Care
Our Minister of Congregation Care is a well-traveled fitness enthusiast and sports fan. Gary’s previous career in the US Air Force provides a mix of academic study, leadership training and practical experience. He has lived and worked in all four corners of our country, and in more than six foreign countries. He still plays golf and volleyball, and you will find him on the local running and biking trails. Ask him about his favorite sports teams and how God is working in his life.
Lisa Sebastian
Director of Adult Ministries
Lisa Sebastian and husband Nick have been romping around Aldersgate in various ministry roles for the past 17 years. Currently Nick serves as our Contemporary Worship Leader and Lisa serves as our Director of Adult Ministries. They have three children affectionately known as #1, #2 and #3. Ask Nick about how special #3 is…he loves to tell the story. They both enjoy sports and outdoor activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. Lisa and the kids love to hike and camp (camping is growing on Nick). Lisa enjoys Zumba and plays Ultimate Frisbee. They both enjoy watching movies (Marvel, Star Wars, Dramas), tv shows (comedies, Gold Rush, Naked & Afraid, and Nick loves any old western) or Florida, Michigan or Patriots football games.

Diego Posso

Facilities Manager

Diego Posso is our Facilities Manager at Aldersgate. Diego enjoys dancing, cooking, hunting and fishing. He enjoys travel and loves his family. He has been a member of our team since May 2013.