Our purpose at Aldersgate is to be and to make passionately devoted followers of Jesus Christ by loving God, loving others, and serving and sharing Jesus as the church with a warm heart.


Current Sermon Series

God’s Story

Service Times

Aldersgate has three services each Sunday morning. Manna is a traditional service at 8:30am which ends with communion each Sunday. At 10:30am, you can either attend the traditional service in the Sanctuary or the contemporary service in the Fellowship Hall.



See what sermons are planned for upcoming weeks and listen to sermons from previous weeks.



Earl and Belinda Freeman, Co-Pastors

After a couple of decades away from pastoral positions in Huntsville, the Freemans have come to Aldersgate as co-pastors. Come welcome our new ministers!

email Earl here and Belinda here.

Tim Tatum, Associate Pastor and Director of Youth Ministries
Tim grew up in Montgomery and graduated from Catholic High School. The youth group at his church was his second home and he experienced a call to ministry during his senior year. After his freshman year at The University of Alabama (I won’t even say the obligatory phrase that comes next because you know what it is) he never looked back. In his freshman year, he also started dating his future wife, Stacey Davis of Huntsville, who was able to look past the mountain-man beard and poor study habits. During college, Tim was the co-director of a cooperative youth group in north Birmingham and then interned with the youth ministry at First UMC Tuscaloosa. In his senior year of doubled up 21 hour semesters (did you catch the poor study habits he mentioned earlier?), he took his first appointment to 2 small churches in rural Tuscaloosa county. A month after graduating, they got married. A month after that, Stacey started medical school at UAB. And a month after that Tim started seminary at Emory in Atlanta. With three places to live and multiple school and church responsibilities, they don’t remember much from those first two years of marriage. They moved to Huntsville where Tim took over from Sherill Clontz as the Associate Minister at Epworth over the youth and young adults and also serving as the minister of Wesley UMC. After completing seminary and med school, they moved back to Birmingham so Stacey could do her residency training in Pediatrics while expecting their first child, Elizabeth. Tim served at an Associate Minister at Trinity UMC in Homewood over hospitality, visitors and new members, men’s ministry, and other duties as assigned. Once Stacey completed residency, they moved back to Huntsville while Stacey was expecting their second (and last!) child, James. Tim was appointed at Valley, and Stacey began working toward partner at Cornerstone Pediatrics in Madison (and, no, you may not ask her any medical questions on Sunday mornings). After 7 up and down years at Valley, Tim was appointed to serve as the associate here at Aldersgate, getting back into youth ministry and being glad not to be responsible for the general church budget and committee meetings. Tim loves the Church (with a capital “C”) and all that it can do to foster faith in the next generation. His desire is to continue the efforts of some great youth directors here and integrate the youth into the daily life of Aldersgate, and vice versa. He’s an extrovert that loves to preach and teach while trying not to get into more trouble than the youth he is mentoring. 

email Tim here

 Lydia Locke, Director of Discipleship
Lydia is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Public Health. She has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She began church work in 1989 in Kentucky and also served as Minister of Education at Riverchase UMC in Birmingham for 8 years. In 1999, her family, husband Parker and sons Rob and Will, moved to Huntsville. Soon afterward, she joined the staff of Aldersgate as the Children's Director. Lydia gives leadership to the areas of adult discipleship, church wide fellowship, congregational care and assistant to the minister. Outside of church, Lydia enjoys reading and spending time with her family. During vacation time, she can be found back on her parent's farm in Kentucky. 

email Lydia here

Dennis and Fran Cornelison, Contemporary Worship Leaders

Dennis was born and raised in Illinois and spent the first half of his career playing drums in a variety of bands.  Fran is a native Huntsvillian and taught in the public school system for 27 years.  Music brought them together and into the world of Contemporary Worship.  They have been serving at Aldersgate since 2006. 

email Dennis here

Ellyn Smith, Director of Children’s Ministry


Ellyn grew up in the small town of Grant, not far from Huntsville, and after attending college at Birmingham-Southern and working for a few years in Tuscaloosa, she returned to Huntsville. Ellyn now lives within walking distance of Aldersgate with her husband Jake, her sister Shailyn, her brother-in-law Kevin, and her three-year-old nephew Cade. They believe in the importance of community, and are always striving to be more intentional in our relationships with others because they know we're all stronger together. Both Ellyn and her husband are passionate about traveling together and about pursuing ministry opportunities both here in Huntsville and all over the world. One of their favorite places on earth is Camp Sumatanga - it's where Ellyn attended as a camper, where she met Jake and where they were married, and it's where they return every year for at least a week as volunteer counselors. Working with children in ministry is one of her greatest passions. 

email Ellyn here

Dennis Clements, Director of Music Ministries
Dennis was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City), and graduated from Wichita State with a Bachelors of Music Education Degree and earned a Masters Degree of Audio Engineering and Music Composition from The American University in Washington, DC. While working with IVCF, Dennis met and married Jodie, and they have 3 daughters. Amy is married to Christopher Castor and has 2 children, Jaxon and Clarissa – they live nearby in New Market. Jessica is married to Robert Martin and they live nearby but are looking forward to a teaching opportunity in Japan! Leah recently graduated from Samford University and has been accepted at Candler School of Theology. When he was 2 years old, Dennis sang a duet with his brother in church, and he has been involved in music ministry ever since. He has a passion for both Contemporary and Traditional Worship, has led worship teams, and traditional choirs in Kansas, Washington DC, Chicago, and Tampa Bay. Dennis also has a passion for Missions, both local and international. He currently serves on the Board for First Stop, Inc here in Huntsville – a ministry to the homeless (www.FirstStop.org), as well as Reaching Indians Ministries, International (http://rimi.org/) – training Church planting missionaries in India. Dennis and Jodie moved to Huntsville in 2011 to be close to their kids and grandkids, and Dennis is very glad to have found such a good ministry fit here at Aldersgate, and though she would not say it, Jodie is glad he found an office to go to and get out of the house. 

email Dennis here

 Rebecca Bundy, Accompanist
Rebecca has over 35 years experience providing piano and/or organ accompaniment for church worship services. She began playing full-time for Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Albertville, AL at the age of 9. During that time, she was a regular part of Pastor Cook's Sunday morning radio show on WAVU. She played for the show, and often joined her brother Steve for special music duets. At age 16, Rebecca began playing for Solitude Baptist Church in Albertville. At age 19, she went on to First Baptist Church in Albertville to play for the Youth Choir and the Sunday night service. She later would add playing for Sunday morning services at First Presbyterian to her schedule. Rebecca attended the music program at Snead State Jr. College. After graduation, she taught piano, both in the Preparatory Division of the college and for a local music store. She later went on to Jacksonville State University where she graduated with honors in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Piano Performance. After graduation, she was appointed choral director at First Presbyterian Church in Albertville. She remained there until coming to serve Aldersgate in 1991. Rebecca met her husband, Mike Bundy, in 1991 while she was working for the Huntsville Police Department and the Madison County EMA. They were married in 1992 at Aldersgate. Their daughter, Heather, was born in 1994. In 1995, Rebecca left her job with the city police and resumed teaching piano. 

email Rebecca here

 Bob Davidson, Facilities Manager
Bob Davidson and his wife, Mary Ellen, have been active at Aldersgate for many years. Bob works with our Trustees and manages all of our cleaning and maintenance contracts. He also coordinates the use of church facilities and the church van. 

email Bob here

Jessica Johnson, Office Manager
Jessica and her husband Bobby are natives of Huntsville. Jessica graduated from Grissom High and Bobby from Lee High. Bobby works for PPG Industries. Jessica has over 25 years experience in administrative and customer service based businesses. Her church/Christian based work includes Hillwood Baptist Church, Southwood Presbyterian Church and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jessica & Bobby have been married since August 31, 2013 and have a combined family of 5 children. Garrett Dunn, Clark Dunn & Brady Johnson, Ashlyn Johnson & Macey Johnson. Jessica enjoys teaching 1st grade children's choir at Whitesburg Baptist Church where she is a member. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks, traveling and coffee with friends. 

email Jessica here

Beth King, Financial Manager


Get Involved

Catch up on the latest news and upcoming events in the most recent newsletter – The Pulse:


Scouting teaches young men and women important life skills and provides opportunities for growth, service, and fellowship. Aldersgate UMC supports multiple different Scouting Activities.

Music Ministry

The music programs at Aldersgate are conducted to help each participant deepen their devotion to Jesus even as we serve others through the ministry of music.


United Methodist Men

The UMM at Aldersgate primarily meets on Thursday mornings for pancake breakfast and Bible study.


United Methodist Women

All Women are welcome to join us for fellowship, a program, and refreshments. (more…)


Evergreen is for those admitting to age 55 and older.


Sunday School

Connecting to a Sunday School group offers one of the best means for growing in the faith, enjoying fellowship in the church family, and receiving care during difficult times.


Opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry

There are several different ways you can get involved in serving with AUMC Kids!


Small Groups

There are many opportunities to fellowship with small groups of people outside of the usual Sunday School time. There are year-round groups and short-term classes for you to join.



There are many ways you can help be the hands and feet of God. Please look through the list of opportunities and see which ones touch your heart and move you to help.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park offers healthy sack lunches to all who need them each summer when school is out.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance.


Heart of Christ Ministry in Honduras

In response to God’s call in Zechariah 7:9-10, Heart of Christ Ministry in Honduras, founded by Reverend Lee and Gracie Murphree, has served the victims of violence in Honduras for over 12 years.


2018: A Year of Missions

There are many ways that Aldersgate UMC helps those in our community, country, and around the world. Here is a summary of how we’ve served those around us in 2018.

Read 2018 Report


We organize ourselves around 3 things:
1. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
2. Community with other youth
3. Community with adults
Almost all of our events take place in the Disciple Center (known as “the DC”). This building is the house on the back of the church property.

Weekly Youth Happenings

Along with the usual Sunday activities, Aldersgate Youth have events on various days and times.



Our 6th & 7th graders participate in confirmation on Sundays, typically begins the spring.

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Youth Forms and Files

You can find various youth forms and files by clicking to this page.


Children and Families

Welcome to AUMC Kids!

At AUMC Kids, we learn bible stories. We serve together. We believe in the importance of community and intentional relationship with others. We provide opportunities for parents and children to grow their faith together. We sing, play music, laugh, and love one another.

All our volunteers are trained and screened in accordance with Aldersgate UMC’s Safe Sanctuaries policy, a copy of which is available by clicking here.

The best way to stay in touch with what’s happening is to subscribe to our weekly newsletter for announcements, events, and our favorite parenting and ministry resources.

Continue reading “Children and Families”

Sunday School

We offer age-appropriate Sunday School classes for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10:15. Our nursery is available every Sunday morning from 8:30 – 11:30 for children ages birth to 2 years old.


Sunday Night Activities

Children of all ages are welcome to join us on Sunday nights from 5:00-6:30 for our evening activities, including a snack, music time, and a bible-lesson-based activity.



Safe Sanctuaries

We seek to provide an environment that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe for all persons who enter our doors, especially children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

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See upcoming events and minister availability on the Aldersgate UMC church calendar.

View Calendar

Contact Us

Contact us here:


12901 Bailey Cove Rd 

HuntsvilleAL 35803

(256) 883-9062


Located at Bailey Cove and Mountain Gap.
Right across from Publix