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Dennis Perry Lead Pastor
Dennis Perry Lead Pastor “I’ve been on the front lines of human transformation for nearly four decades. I’m fascinated by relationship, religion and business. And food. I like learning h Read More
Jason Micheli Executive Pastor
Jason Micheli Executive Pastor Jason blogs at Tamed Cynic and is a host of the Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast I’m the least well-rounded person in the world, having studied theology at UVA and at Princeton. Read More
Karla Kincannon Director of Spiritual Formation
Karla Kincannon Director of Spiritual Formation “Without creativity we cannot imagine a life faithful to the gospel. Imagination supports the restoration of soul in our Church and our world.” Rev. Dr. Karla M. Kincannon is A Read More
Michelle Matthews Campus Pastor, Kingstowne
Michelle Matthews Campus Pastor, Kingstowne Michelle Matthews is the campus pastor of The Kingstowne Communion, Aldersgate’s satellite congregation. The Kingstowne Communion is a new United Methodist church serving Read More

News and Events

  • Help Make VBS Special
    May 18, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    You Can Change a Child’s Life at VBS At Vacation Bible School each year, we welcome up to 250 local children. It is one of the primary ways we reach new families in the community. The people of Aldersgate make Vacation Bible School go. We need you to put on a great week for these

  • Children’s Summer Events
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    Children’s Summer Events Our faith should be shared in community with others. Aldersgate offers special events for children and their families throughout the year. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 3 yrs – 5th Grade This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage. Join us as children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and

  • Pilgrimages for our Departing Pastors
    April 26, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    Pilgrimages for our Departing Pastors Church members often choose to give a farewell gift to a pastor upon his or her departure. We are organizing these to help Jason and Karla go on pilgrimages of their choice. Jason’s Holy Land Pilgrimage Jason would like to go the Holy Land (Hedy Collver is organizing a trip

  • Aldersgate’s Next Associate Pastor
    April 24, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    Meet Emily Moore-Diamond, Aldersgate’s Next Associate Pastor On July 1, we will welcome our new associate pastor, Emily Moore-Diamond, to Aldersgate. Emily is currently a chaplain at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg while continuing studies in Clinical Pastoral Education, focusing on grief, spiritual assessment, and faith development. From 2013-2017, she was the pastor of Warsaw

  • Karla Kincannon’s Retirement Celebration
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    A Retirement Celebration for Karla Kincannon You are invited to celebrate Karla Kincannon’s distinguished career as a pastor and educator at a retirement party at Cedar Knoll Restaurant on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00 p.m. We will have a delicious assortment of finger foods and non-alcoholic drinks. The $45 per person fee will help cover

  • Aldersgate Art Show
    April 18, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Art Show Register Now! Calling Aldersgate artists of all ages and abilities! The next show in our hallway gallery will be the work of artists at Aldersgate. We are accepting all mediums that are ready for hanging. If you have a framed photograph, painting, sketch, needle work, or any other displayable art, sign up

  • Summer Sunday School Teachers
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Sunday School Teachers Sign up to teach a one-room Sunday school class this summer. We will have a one-room Sunday School for children from rising Kindergarten through 4th grade during the summer session (June 17-August 19). YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEACH EACH WEEK. Select the week(s) convenient for your schedule. Curriculum, craft supplies,

  • Youth Update, May 17
    September 28, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    The latest from Aldersgate Youth Ministry Read the May 17 Youth Update for the latest events and announcements.

  • This Week at Aldersgate, May 15
    October 17, 2016 / No Comments » / News

    What You Need to Know This Week at Aldersgate Read the May 15 edition of What You Need to Know: This Week at Aldersgate for all the latest events and announcements. Watch or listen to all of our sermons at If you don’t already receive What You Need to Know: This Week at Aldersgate

  • UMW Sewing Circle
    March 2, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    New United Methodist Women Sewing Circle   If you like to sew this might be the perfect group for you. We will have Christian Fellowship while we mark, cut, pin, stitch, and sew three projects that will help others locally and in Cambodia. We want all sewers to be able to attend so we will

  • Acolytes
    August 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Aldersgate Acolytes Calling All 4th through 12th Graders Acolyte opportunities are available, and serving instills an appreciation for worship involvement at a young age.  A monthly incentive doesn’t hurt either – the more an acolyte serves, the more chances to receive the monthly gift card treat!  On October 1 at 11:30, an acolyte training service

  • Summer Study of Romans
    June 9, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Summer Study of Romans Jason Micheli “Without exaggeration, Romans is the most important book of the New Testament and is the most important book of the Christian tradition.” This summer’s preaching series is based on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. To complement the series, Jason Micheli is offering a study of the letter on Wednesday

  • Suffering and God
    May 25, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Suffering and God: Theodicy for Dummies An Aldersgate Live seminar with Dr. Eric Hall David King, our summer intern, is doing an online seminar with Dr. Eric Hall this summer. The conversations will take place on Monday mornings at 11:00 on Aldersgate’s Facebook page and subsequently archived on Facebook, YouTube, and below. The series addresses

  • This Week’s Reading, August 4
    August 3, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading August 4, 2017   On Styles of Worship Because of the Common Liturgy experiment, worship styles are the talk of many at Aldersgate. We all have our preferences, and we sometimes think that our preferences are therefore the best choice for everyone. Thankfully, there are those who study and observe how churches

  • Founders Hall Renovation
    July 21, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Founders Hall Renovation Founders Hall, the original sanctuary at Aldersgate Church, is being renovated this year. The goal is a flexible gathering space that can be used for worship, classes and other gatherings, and Day School activities. We thank Steve Guback for the gift that makes this renovation possible. Work began in late June with

  • This Week’s Reading, July 28
    July 27, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading July 28, 2017     Philip Yancey wrote a piece for the Washington Post last week, “The Death of Reading Is Threatening the Soul,” about the difficulty of reading books in the Internet age: “I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading… Books help define who I am.

  • Congratulations Graduates!
    June 29, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Congratulations graduates! Congratulations to the graduates in our congregation. You have accomplished a lot, and your futures await. We asked you to send in the names of graduates in your family. To add your graduate to the list, please write to Best wishes to these 2017 graduates: Rachel Clarke, Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, Virginia

  • This Week’s Reading, June 30
    June 14, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 30, 2017     The Texas Methodist Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, and Harvard Divinity School have been working with two Ministry Innovation Fellows at Harvard, Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston, to research and describe promising innovations in how we gather, worship, and build community. Reports on their

  • Summer 2017 Update
    June 8, 2017 / No Comments » / News

      UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR SUMMER 2017 No, it’s not quite summer yet, but as the school year winds down so does the program year here at Aldersgate. I thought I would get this update out before too many of you slip away for the summer. If you were here for Pentecost, you got

  • New Governance Structure Approved
    April 26, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    New Governance Structure for Aldersgate Approved   The called charge conference on Tuesday, June 13, approved the streamlined Church Council and confirmed those who were nominated to fill the positions on Council, which will now be known as the Leadership Team: Leadership Team (term ends on June 30 of the year in parentheses) Lay Leader:

  • This Week’s Reading, June 23
    June 29, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 23, 2017   Inspired by a new post by Jason Micheli on Robert’s Rules of Order, we’ll look at rules, and rule breaking, this week. Both articles come from Ministry Matters, a website from the United Methodist Publishing House you should know. It’s full of interesting insights and

  • This Week’s Reading, June 16
    June 22, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 16, 2017   This week’s reading includes some interesting gleanings from the web that crossed our screens during the past week. Religious Giving Holds Steady (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy) An interesting look at religious giving trends in the U.S.: “Giving to religion (defined as giving specific to

  • This Week’s Reading, June 9, 2017
    June 8, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 9, 2017   During the program year just ending, we have been holding frequent “Meet the Church” classes with the hope of helping people get to know more about Aldersgate and its ministries, its vision and mission, the United Methodist Church, and what it means to be a

  • This Week’s Reading – June 2, 2017
    May 31, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading With Richard Bass June 2, 2017   This week, we continue to look at how who we are as a congregation, and how we structure ourselves, has an impact on what we do. The reading is adapted from Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Membership by Dan Hotchkiss. Dan is a church consultant

  • Wednesday’s Shooting
    June 14, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    In response to Wednesday morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, we the pastors of Aldersgate United Methodist Church offer our prayers and support to those who were victims of the violence and to the families of all involved in this senseless act of bloodshed. We are grateful to the police who acted swiftly to contain the

  • This Week’s Reading – May 26, 2017
    May 25, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    This Week’s Reading May 26, 2017 The Professional Church Our current conversations about a new governance model for Aldersgate reminded me of an article that appeared in 2008 in the Alban Institute’s Congregations magazine, which I edited at the time. The article, “Beyond ‘Corporate:’ New Insights on Larger Churches,” by Alban consultant Susan Beaumont, helped

  • Easter 2017 Update
    April 26, 2017 / No Comments » / News

      UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR EASTER 2017 This past fall a woman visited us for worship. She was in the last month of her first pregnancy and her husband was a patient in Johns Hopkins with brain cancer. She was looking for sanctuary. We baptized their little boy this Easter at 11:30. Such is

  • Our Wellness Classes
    May 4, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Wellness Classes at Aldersgate Aldersgate’s wellness program offers group fitness opportunities to the congregation and to the community at large. The classes are ongoing and they are a free gift from the church to the community. All are welcome to join class as long as their physician has given approval. Classes are taught by Judy

  • Aldersgate Acolytes
    March 15, 2017 / No Comments » / News

    Aldersgate Acolytes Calling All 4th through 12th Graders We have expanded our acolyte age range to allow middle and high school students to serve and invite your 4th through 12th graders to participate. Acolyte service is welcome Saturdays at the 5:30 service and Sundays at the 8:30 and 11:15 services. Training will be provided if

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