Pastor Steve Ezra is the Senior Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Dr. Steve Ezra (just “Steve” or “Pastor Steve”) was born and raised in North Judson, Indiana, which is a small town in the northwest part of the state. His parents, retired public school teachers, still live in his hometown. Pastor Steve graduated from Purdue University in 1992 (B.A. in Social Studies Education), Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996 (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012 (D.Min.). He served two churches in the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and was adjunct faculty in public speaking for Ivy Tech State College in Fort Wayne before transferring to Florida in 2003 to work with new church development in the Florida Conference. He served 5 years at Heritage UMC in Clearwater and 7½ years at St. James UMC in Tampa. Pastor Steve was certified as a life coach and Natural Church Development coach through CoachNet in 2005. He is an active member of the C12 group, a Christian CEO round table, executive coaching, and business advisory group. His interests include anything automobile-related—antique/classic cars in particular, reading in areas of theology, leadership, and history, and spending time with his wonderful family traveling the world, even if it’s just to Disney World.
Rev. Randy Dodson is the Assistant Pastor at Aldersgate. He has served churches in Michigan, Northern Virginia, Tampa and Cape Cod. Pastor Randy attended a Christian college in Michigan and seminary in Maryland. In his ministry he has served as Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor and Pastor. Randy is married to Margie, and they have three children and two grandchildren. Pastor Randy spends much of his time visiting in hospitals, nursing homes and to the home bound. He oversees many of our service ministries and our study groups. He teaches a Bible study and the adult Emmaus Sunday School Class.
Jeremiah Garrett is our youth pastor. He grew up in Southwest Florida in a little town called Port Charlotte. At eighteen years old he gave his life to Christ and felt called into the ministry. He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Christian Ministries. Jeremiah is married to his wife Natalia and has a 1 year old son.
Children & Family Pastor
Connie Carpenter is our Children & Family Pastor. She is a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible. She has been on staff at Aldersgate since 2009 and served as a Children’s Pastor at a church in Idaho for three years after graduating from college. Connie’s passion is to share God’s love with children and help them to know who God is and what His plan is for them in a way they can understand. She conducts a children’s program Wednesday evenings and on Sunday’s.
Barbara Weatherill is our Director of Music. Barbara graduated in 2006 from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education Her teaching experiences include elementary general music, middle school chorus, orchestra, guitar, and reading. As music minister, Barbara’s desire is to use her passion for music to glorify God and to connect others with the Creator and His people. Aldersgate UMC has been Barbara’s church home since 1995, and she is grateful that she and her husband are now raising their three children in this incredible church family.
Lou Ann Lee
Lou Ann Lee has worked at Aldersgate Christian Learning Center since 1989 and has been the director since 1996. Her family has been a part of Aldersgate Church since 1982. Lou Ann has been married to Terry since 1976. They have two adult children which are involved in their churches and four grandchildren. As the Preschool Director Lou Ann strives to establish a firm foundation in the lives of the children of the preschool just as she and her husband worked to build that firm foundation in their own children.
Nathan is our Communications Director. Nathan received his Associates Degree from St. Petersburg College and is currently attending University of South Florida for his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing music.