Our Staff

As a leadership team, our focus is making fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Pastor Dennis left behind a career in law to accept God’s call into ministry. Having served as a youth pastor and associate pastor before coming to Aldersgate as lead pastor in 2006, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in church life and leadership. Pastor Dennis is the leader of the pastoral team. Ask him about his travels following the journeys of the Apostle Paul!
Pastor Sarah has served Aldersgate since 1998 in a variety of administrative roles before recognizing God’s call into pastoral ministry. She is passionate about connecting hurting people to the Great Physician and helping people discover and use their spiritual gifts. As Executive Pastor, Pastor Sarah helps staff and lay leaders develop ministries to fulfill our mission. Jesus and java fuel her day!
Elizabeth brings a passion for helping teens become fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ to Fusion Youth Ministries. Through Elizabeth’s leadership and dedication to developing adult youth leaders, Fusion Youth has grown to include many summer mission opportunities, retreats, conferences and leadership development opportunities for students in grades 7-12.  If you ask nicely, she might tell you where the candy stash is!
Caleb grew up in our youth ministry program and is now introducing other youth to Christ. A graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Psychology and Theology, he specializes in cultivating discipleship in junior high students. Caleb is passionate about finding ways for young men to learn how to be godly men in relation to girls, parents, friends and others!
Brenda is the person with all the answers! (We know who’s really in charge, and it’s her!) She oversees the business of the church and keeps our campus facilities running smoothly without ever losing the servant heart that makes talking with her such a pleasure. Milk chocolate or unsweetened tea from Sonic make her day!
As a busy mom of five, Rachel knows how to manage multiple tasks with a smile! Rachel and her family have been part of Aldersgate since 2011, and we’re delighted  to welcome her to our staff! Rachel is at the helm overseeing the operations of the church office. Want to find the best Mexican food in town? Just ask Rachel!
Kim helps support the many ministries of Aldersgate in a variety of ways and manages all our social media postings. You can see her smiling face in the office weekday afternoons. Be sure and ask Kim the secret ingredient in our amazing Aldersgate apple pies 😉
While completing a degree in communication at Missouri State University, Hannah is putting her schooling to work creating publications, designs, and many other church communications. She and her husband, Austin, are the parents of one spoiled pooch!
Pastor Phil has been serving Aldersgate since its inception, first as a layperson and Lay Leader and then as administrative staff before accepting God’s call into pastoral ministry. 
We’re happy to welcome him back after a medical leave!
After completing a degree in religion at Missouri State, Joshua accepted the role of Interim Minister. While teaching a Bible study, leading a small group and helping with youth ministry, he is preparing to attend licensing school in May 2019 and then join the pastoral staff as a student pastor while he attends seminary online.
Ask his wife, Victoria, and she’ll tell you his favorite food group is still pizza!
After retiring from a successful career in music and computer education, Peggy turned her considerable talents to leading our worship ministries. Having been active in church music all her life, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a dedication to leading hearts closer to the Father through many kinds of worship experiences. Peggy is the only person we know who listens to Christmas music in July, and we love her for it!
With a Master’s Degree in Education and a huge heart for introducing kids to Christ, Amber has developed a new way to captivate little hearts with the love of God: The A.R.K., Aldersgate Righteous Kids. With new learning opportunities in varied formats to meet the needs of different kinds of learners, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard The A.R.K.!
Abby grew up in our children’s and youth ministry programs, and as a youth helper at VBS she discovered a love for working with kids. Mission experiences at Camp Barnabas only confirmed her love of kids, especially those with special needs. Now a college student, Abby is bringing her love for kids along with a lot of enthusiasm to her role!  Be sure to ask her about her favorite vacation spot!
A lifelong resident of Nixa and graduate of Nixa High School, Christian is an accomplished singer and experienced sound technician. He has run sound for Nixa High School musical productions, Springfield Little Theater and youth and children’s events at Nixa First Assembly of God Church. In addition to running sound for worship and special events, he also creates graphics for publications and worship and manages the Aldersgate app. Christian also plays the Cajon. You’ll have to ask him to explain!
Candice grew up at Liberty United Methodist and graduated from Missouri State University. She lives in Nixa with her husband and two sons. Candice brings a passion for children and the local community to her role here at Aldersgate. Look for her and her helpers in the Worship Center nursery on Sundays and at most church events!