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Serving on Staff

Derek Weber

Lead Pastor

Rev. Derek C. Weber, Ph.D. has been lead pastor since summer 2007. Focused on Preaching, Teaching, and casting Vision, Derek brings over 30 years of pastoral experience including his role here at Aldersgate. He also teaches preaching for our Indiana United Methodist Conference Pastors and those in training for ministry, lay and clergy. Derek is married to La Donna and has two adult children, Rhys and Maddie.

Charles (Chuck) Scott

Assistant Pastor: Worship and Music

My rule of life can best be summed up with this phrase: Living a Life of Love and Sacrifice

* God the Father first loved me through the gift and sacrifice of his only son, Jesus the Christ, and continues to show love through the gift of the Holy Spirit

* My best response to that love is to return that love by loving:

The Triune God as expressed in private and corporate worship, and presenting myself as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God as my spiritual act of worship.

Self as expressed by celebrating the goodness planted in me, ordering a disciplined life through spiritual disciplines,

Others as expressed in service, compassion, mercy and justice,

Pastor Chuck and his wife Sue moved to Fort Wayne in 1994.

Ellen Rhoades

Parish Visitor

Ellen came to Aldersgate UMC August 2005 from Anderson First UMC.

She serves as our Parish Visitor, visiting those who are ill or shut-in.

She is also a Grief Counselor and Facilitator, having taken training after the death of her husband, Rev Jack Rhoades, in 2001. She has a real passion for helping those who are suffering and in need of spiritual help.

She has been very active in the Conference UMW and the North Indiana Conference. Ellen is an organist and pianist and has substituted at Aldersgate at various times. She is the mother of 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ellen is in contact with our college students, sending them mail every week and sometimes includes treats with the mailings. She is honored to be serving at Aldersgate.

Michael (Mike) Walter

Genesis Worship Leader and Pastor to Youth

Mike is currently a professor of music at both Huntington University and Indiana Wesleyan University He spent over eight years touring in various music ministry bands, and has shared the stage with many of the biggest names in Christian and secular music. He is well versed in many facets of worship, as well as live performance practices and evangelism. Michael has degrees in Music Performance and Anthropology. Mike holds a MA in Ethnomusicology and MDiv. in Christian Worship.

Rev. Lakeya Stewart

Director of New Generations Ministries

Rev. Lakeya Stewart joined the Aldersgate Staff September 2016. She attended Berea College and double majored in Sociology and African/African American Studies. She received the Master of Divinity degree from the Lexington Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree in Clinical Pastoral Education from Regent University’s School of Divinity. She brings 8 years of Youth Ministry experience including work in Brussels, Belgium, as well as work as a chaplain with Hospice and a local nursing home. She was Ordained in 2010 to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. She loves traveling and has visited 15 countries. She is married to Daniel Stewart and they have beautiful triplets, Christina, Carson, and Courtney.

Lakeya joined the Aldersgate staff September 2016.

Trish Fry

New Generations Ministry Assistant

Trish Fry grew up in the United Methodist Church. She previously worked in education and enjoyed her time working in kindergarten classrooms as well as tutoring. After moving to Fort Wayne in 2009, Trish and her family started attending Aldersgate, because of the great children’s programs. Trish previously served as a youth group leader, as well as a counselor on multiple mission trips. She enjoys working with and teaching young children. She and her husband spent time volunteering, before she joined the staff at Aldersgate. Trish loves being a wife and mother of 2 busy children.

Keith Nettleton

Volunteer Church Administrator

Keith has been the Volunteer Church Administrator since October 2015. The Nettletons became members of Aldersgate in October of 1995. Keith graduated from the University of Illinois in 1978 with a BS of Electrical Engineering degree. After graduation, he worked for 35 years as an engineer, program manager and business development manager in the defense and aerospace industry, retiring in March of 2013. Keith is married to Cindy and has two adult children, Kurt and Sara.

Lisa Beerbower

Lisa has been a member of Aldersgate UMC since March of 1989. In January of 2014, she joined the staff as an Organizational Support Specialist. She is also one of the Wedding Coordinators. Lisa is very involved with a number of groups in the Church and is the President of the local unit of United Methodist Women. She volunteers for funeral dinners and events coming into the church. Lisa is married and has two grown sons and three precious grandchildren.

Deb Eckler

Financial Assistant

Deb came to Aldersgate in August 1989. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne and attended IUPU. She works with the Finance Committee handling the monetary and budgeting aspects of the church. Her family includes her daughter Tracy, son-in-law Joe, and granddaughter Alexandra.

Roy Horther

Senior Adult Ministry Coordinator, Missions, Custodian

Roy has been Senior Adult Ministries Coordinator since July 2012 and part-time Custodian since September 2009. He also is the Chair of the Outreach Council and one of the head cooks for the Me-'N-U mission (known for his beef vegetable soup and meat loaf). Roy has earned three Associate Degrees (Higher Accounting, Business Management and Marketing). He worked for the federal government as a civilian for the Army Reserve and retired in May 2009 after 28 years and is also retired from the military service (Army). Roy is married to Nikki for almost 30 years and joined Aldersgate in March 1988 and have three adult children, Christie, Luke and Jordan.

Ken Arend

Night Host

Ken began working with Aldersgate in 2001. He has served as a part-time custodian and maintenance resource until 2009. Ken accepted the position as Night Host in 2011

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