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. While she still loves the tech side of church life, she is passionate about connecting hurting people to the healing of the Great Physician and helping people discover their gifts and ways to use them to serve God. As Executive Pastor, Pastor Sarah helps staff and lay leaders develop ministries to fulfill our mission. Like the Aldersgate app? She and Caleb built it!
Buchanan, Elizabeth
Elizabeth brings a passion for helping teens become devoted and faithful 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 multiple 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 relationship to girls, parents, friends and others. Like the new Aldersgate app? He and Pastor Sarah built it!
Brenda is the sweet voice on the phone and the person with all the answers!  (We know who’s really in charge, and it’s her!) She is at the helm in our church office and at the heart of all our ministries while overseeing the day to day business of the church. Milk chocolate or unsweetened tea from Sonic make her day!
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 😉
Pat works weekday mornings in the office bringing her many skills to the creation of church publications including the Sunday bulletin and The Gatepost, our bi-weekly magazine. After retiring from a successful career in the telecommunications industry, Pat is happy to have time to garden and pursue her hobbies. She’s also a great baker!
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. Pastor Phil teaches several Bible studies and loves helping with Confirmation Class!  As Discipleship Pastor, he provides leadership to our intentional faith development activites.  Be sure to ask him about Pastor Fluffy’s Hawaiian Shirt Sunday!
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 cantatas 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 brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to Children’s Ministries. She is always seeking ways to expand and improve opportunities for kids to learn, grow and serve. Bring her coffee to make her smile!
Joshua grew up in our children’s and youth ministry programs, and, after working with kids at a summer children’s program, found his passion for ministry. He brings age-appropriate Bible lessons to children in childcare during church activities and was instrumental in developing King’s Men, a short-term class for fifth-grade boys to learn about becoming the godly men they were created to be. Josh will be graduating from Missouri State University with a double major in Religious Studies and Education before going on to seminary.
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 where his mom, Melissa, is the music minister. In addition to running sound for worship and special services at Aldersgate, Christian also serves as the sound technician for youth and children’s programs and activities. Christian also plays the Keytar and 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!