Rev. Randy Blanton, Senior Pastor
Randy became Senior Pastor of Aldersgate in July 2016. We are blessed that he has joined this congregation in his call to ordained ministry. Randy is an Elder in full connection with the United Methodist and has been in ministry for more than 16 years. Randy is married to Gina, and they have two daughters Madeleine and Lillian. Randy is charged with ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service at Aldersgate. This means he preaches and teaches the Word of God, provides pastoral care and counsel, administers the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and orders the life of the church for service in mission and ministry.
Lindsay Carter, Director of Children's Ministries
I grew up in Nashville, TN but decided to leave the great volunteer state and to attend Gardner-Webb University where I majored in Elementary Education. After two years of teaching I made the transition to Children’s Ministry and have never looked back. I have a passion for the Lord and love teaching children about Him. I feel truly honored and blessed that God has called me to carry out his ministry. I am married to my best friend, Chip. We love to watch movies, go for walks, and spend time with our family and friends.
Anne Bowen Goss
After serving as a Choral Director in NC public schools for 33 years, I was excited to retire and enjoy the flexibility of the daily routine that retirement brings. Little did I realize that God had other plans and directed me ‘back’ to Aldersgate. I grew up in this church as a ‘charter baby’ as my parents are Charter members. I was baptized and married here. (I married a Baptist and we were members of the Presbyterian church for 37 years.) It was through the music ministry at Aldersgate that I found my career love and more importantly, my spiritual focus. Throughout my life, I have continued to reference the many experiences within the Aldersgate family that encouraged that growth. My prayer is that our music ministry will continue to inspire and enhance the worship experience as we share God’s word through rehearsal, anthem, and most of all through congregational singing.
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Meredith College and a Master of Music degree from UNC-G. My husband, Mike, and I have two children, Elizabeth and Troy. Elizabeth is a former high school science teacher and now a nurse at Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Troy serves as a Major in the Marine Corp. He and wife Jana have blessed us with three wonderful grandchildren, Troy Jr, Tyson, and Tinley.
Tommy W. Greene, Organist and Pianist
Passion and discipline - The most important reasons I’m involved in church music.! !
It seems as though I’ve been involved in church music my entire life. From the days of singing in the Junior Choir at LaFayette St UMC until today, I can probably say that I have been involved my entire life. My first experience playing the organ was for a Sunday night service at LaFayette St church when I was in the 5th grade - quite a long time ago. I was encouraged to do so by the organist there at the time and she continued to encourage me and teach me over the next 20+ years. Although I didn’t realize at the time, I was truly blessed by her encouragement. ! !
Because I’ve been blessed with a gift, my church role is a mechanism to share this gift and also keep me disciplined to practice for weekly services and keep the gift alive. I truly love my role at Aldersgate and considered this my role in ministry there! !
My ‘day job’ is in the accounting field at a local company here in Shelby. Interests outside of Church and work include cooking, travel, and good wine!
Melissa Medlin, Sexton
Melissa is in charge of making sure everything is cleaned up after we all make a big mess.
Aldersgate has a fairly large campus and Melissa makes sure the inside of the buildings are clean and ready for all who come to worship.
Burney Drake, Building Superintendent
My husband, Burney Drake, has been a member of Aldersgate UMC for 34 years. He retired from education as a teacher, coach and principal. Burney and I have been married for 44 years and I tell everyone that I am the “better half” even though he really is. Our kids are Bryan Drake and Carrie Drake. Bryan is married to Shannon and they have blessed us with two awesome grandkids, Lilt and Morgan. They live in Morganton and own the Mountain Burrito restaurant on Fleming Street. So if you are in Morganton or passing through, stop and try the food; we tell everyone that our grandkids need new shoes. Carrie has just moved back to Shelby and has taken a position at Gardner Webb University as the Director of Academics for Student Athletes; we are glad she is back at home.
Matt McNeary and Burney have been building superintendents at the church for the past 8 years. They are the “Dynamic Duo.” You need to know anything concerning the church than they are the Go-To-Guys. Burney has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and is presently the Executive Director. He loves his church, family, Shelby High, Shelby High Football, working in dirt with his flowers and plants, helping people, teaching Sunday school and bible studies.
From Cindy Drake,
The other “Better Half"
Matt McNeary, Building Superintendent
I grew up in the college town of Orono, Maine. I attended the University of Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. My work life has included engineering and management positions. I have enjoyed different things about all the places I have lived - Western Massachusetts, Central Vermont, Upstate of South Carolina and Shelby (two different times). After retirement in 2003 from KEMET Electronics, Linda and I moved back to Shelby to be closer to our three children and seven grandchildren. I have held the Building Superintendent position since 2007 along with Burney Drake. I enjoy the job due to its variation and interaction with the folks. Solving technical problems is my favorite part of the job. The job is never boring and generally is very rewarding. By the way, I am a Mainer, not a Maine-i-ac!!
Terrie Toms, Playschool Director
Need a break from the children to run some errands, or have some much needed personal time, Ms. Terrie and her staff will be glad to make it possible for you. Our playschool is filled with fun and excitment. The kids will spend the day learning through games, crafts, and other activities. There is never a dull moment. Check out more information about the Aldersgate Playschool on their website.
Connie DiLeo, Covenant Missionary to the Dominican Republic
Connie DiLeo has served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic for 12 years. She began her work with Community Partners, an organization founded by retired Methodist Missionaries from England, where she was the overseer of two schools and two clinics. Her work with young people led to the formation of a new faith community. She is currently serving as the pastor of this congregation.
More Information can be found at http://www.umcmission.org/Learn-About-Us/News-and-Stories/2014/May/Mission-Minute-Connie-DiLeo