Aldersgate UMC's Mission and Vision
Aldersgate UMC is committed to positively impacting lives and our community through Jesus Christ. We are a community where everyone is welcomes, loved, respected, and valued. Thank you for being part of our community today as we worship together.
We strive to grow spiritual by sharing our gifts and talents and serving others to reflect God’s Grace.
Aldersgate UMC's Core Values
Through the grace, example and teaching of Jesus Christ, we unconditionally welcome all persons to receive God’s love and our ministry and service.
Spiritual growth is a life-long journey. Through God’s grace and guidance, we strive to answer even the toughest questions along this path.
Sharing our resources is a tangible way we respond to the grace and love of God. We share our gifts, talents, time, and resources generously to serve our community, neighbors, and our church.
Using Jesus Christ as an example, we are in ministry with individuals and our community. Our goal is to make a difference even if it is outside our comfort zone.
Why is our name Aldersgate?
The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley, an Anglican Minister. Following a difficult and discouraging mission trip to America, he questioned his faith. In 1738, at the age of 34, John Wesley attended an evening worship service in London which moved him deeply. In his journal, Wesley described his “Aldersgate experience:”
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.
from The Journal of John Wesley, May 24, 1738
History of Aldersgate UMC
It was a dark and stormy night when ten adults, two children and two youth gathered in the parlor of Walnut Hill United Methodist Church to meet the soon-to-be appointed founding pastor, Dr. Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. They gathered to begin to capture what would become a “kaleidoscope of dreams” and “a gateway to new beginnings.”
- “A Kaleidoscope of Dreams.” They wanted to be a congregation that would attract a variety of persons who, through their rich and dynamic diversity, would come together in a wonderful mix of creative ministry for Jesus Christ.
- Another important vision for this church was to become a Gateway to new beginnings.
Dr.Jenkins became so excited in sharing his vision and dream for this church that he turned over the communion elements. His wife, Barbara, said “Don’t stop now, you’re doing good.” She ran to the kitchen, got paper towels and she and Jessie Davis began to clean the carpet, all the while saying, ‘Just keep on. You’re doing good, everybody’s fine.”
From that night, a Steering Committee was formed, including the following persons:
- Dan Anderson and Sheila Stevens
- Lori McKay
- Stan and Jessie Davis
- Tom and Marilyn Parsons
- Jim Evans
- Jim Pipkin
- Barbara B. Jenkins
- Jeff and Carol Reid
- Julayne McClain
The decision was made to have an opening worship service in E.L. Kent Elementary School on Sunday, October 20, 1991. Approximately 175 persons attended, and 67 united with the congregation on that day.
It is appropriate that Aldersgate was founded on the 253rd anniversary of John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience as recorded in his Journal of 1738. It is even more fitting that Aldersgate should charter on the 254th anniversary of Wesley’s Aldersgate experience. Rev. Wesley would be pleased to know that hearts are still being warmed by the grace of God through a new United Methodist Church.
Aldersgate began holding services at E.L. Kent Elementary School in Carrollton, TX
Aldersgate consecrated as a new congregation of the United Methodist Church on May 24, 1992 with 204 members.
Dr. Victor Casad appointed pastor.
Aldersgate held its first worship service in its new building on Old Denton Road.
Rev. Woody Weilage appointed pastor.
Aldersgate sells Old Denton Rd. building to Sarang Mission Church
Construction began on new church building
New building dedicated.
Rev. Lyle C. Benson appointed as pastor.
Education Wing Built
Rev. Rodney Whitfield appointed as pastor.