Ministry Team

Pastor Rodney Whitfield's Family

Rev. Rodney Whitfield joined Aldersgate UMC staff as Senior Pastor in July 2018.


Phone: 972-492-9393 x210

As the Minister for Community, Pastor Sarah is responsible for our connection and community engagement here at Aldersgate. She supports, trains, and deploys ministry partners, as well as cultivating ministry opportunities and partnerships inside and outside the church so that children, youth and adults can discover and live out their God-given gifts and talents for God’s purpose for their lives.  As one of our Pastors, Sarah is involved with children, youth, outreach, mission, and the ever popular “other duties as assigned” so that we are fulfilling the mission and vision of our church.

On a personal note, Sarah is married to Gary and they have son, Jason and soon to expect a Baby Boy.  They enjoy hanging out with family and friends, going to the movies and traveling.

Mike Link

Michael Link became Aldersgate’s Director of Music and Worship in June, 2006.  He directs the Chancel Choir and oversees the many facets of music ministry at Aldersgate including both the 9:00 and 11:05 Services.
Mr. Link holds two masters degrees. His first is in  Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago and his second from Concordia University, Austin, in Educational Leadership. His Bachelor’s degree  also is in Music Education from Western Illinois in Macomb, Illinois. Additionally, he holds certification as a Director of Music in the United Methodist Church from Perkins School of Theology. HIs experiences in directing music are vast including children, youth, adults both in choral and instrumental music.
Mike retired in May of 2021 from Director of Orchestras at McKinney Boyd High School and Team Lead for all McKinney ISD Orchestras.  Under Mr. Link’s leadership, the McKinney Boyd Orchestra was the invited string orchestra to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2014 and was named a top five finalist in the Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Orchestra Competition in 2015 and 2020, and was named a National Winner on two occasions and Commended Winner by the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition. He was named Teacher of the Month  at Boyd High School as well as awarded the Most Inspirational Teacher Award by the school district on five different occasions. In addition, he served at the Orchestra Division Chair for TMEA Region 25.
Mr. Link’s vast experiences in music include directing bands, choirs, and orchestras who have all received consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards under his direction. In addition, he taught at Louisiana Tech University before moving to Texas. He has earned membership to the Texas Adjudicators Association on both the choral and orchestra adjudicators lists and has served as a Guest Conductor for All Region Orchestras.
As a performer, he has played in many orchestras and bands, as well as a singer in the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing in Carnegie Hall. Mike is glad to use his many diverse God given talents to facilitate worship at Aldersgate UMC.


Terri Barrett was not born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could!  As she was growing up, Terri’s family moved nearly every year, giving her the opportunity to learn about different cultures within the United States.  When she was 7 years old, she advised her father that she was going to live in Texas when she grew up and marry a rich oil man.  She has resided in Texas since 1981 and in Carrollton since 1988.  And alas, she ended up marrying for love, instead of money.

Terri earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Alabama and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  She was employed by American Airlines, Sabre, EDS, and HP for over 20 years.  During this time, she successfully implemented large, cross-functional programs, such as theoneworld marketing alliance and electronic ticketing, and she managed the programme management office for the US Airways / America West merger.  Terri brings extensive marketing, management, analysis, and IT experience to her position of Director of Missions and Outreach.

Terri has been married to the love of her life, Steve, since 1988.  They enjoyed traveling across the globe and learning about other cultures, tasting new foods, and watching sunsets in many different countries.  They also served as foster parents for many years.  Terri and Steve have welcomed into their family two wonderful daughters whom they love very much.  Terri has been a member of Aldersgate UMC for several years.


Phone: 972-492-9393 x221

Rev. Phillip Truong is the pastor of the Vietnamese Community Fellowship, a congregation of Vietnamese Americans.  The church now shares facilities with Aldersgate UMC. 

Kevin Ahern, Chair
Terri Barrett
Clarence Elliott
Ransom Funches
Kim Kailey
Rik Moen
Lance Phillips
Anna Rienke
Suzanne  Slate
Michelle Townley
Mike Link, Lay  Delegate
Ron Branson, Lay Leader

Suzanne Slate, Chair
Stephen Cutshaw
Lynn Elliott
Bob Michael
Angela Peterson
Barb Wynn

Charles Finklea, Chair
Susan Ahern
Steve Barrett
Nancy Cline
Doug Forbes
Glenn Hale
Daniel Uribe
Paul Wynn

Lance Phillips, Chair
Blanche Farnam
Mark Ford
Michael Hawkins
Anita Oakley
Shelia Stevens
James Williams

Ron Branson
Blanche Farnam
Anita Oakley
Tim Spaight