Wednesday, May 6, 2015 You Are Here: Getting Connected / Ministries / Missions

Our Mission Teams Serve... Locally, Nationally and Internationally

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)


Local Mission Opportunities

  • Work Days at Chisholm School
  • Dinners at Court Street
  • Meals on Wheels Delivery
  • Meal Service at Salvation Army and Friendship Mission
  • Meal Preparation for Montgomery Area Council on Aging’s Frozen Meals Program
  • Home Repair and Yard Work Projects
  • Citywide Great Day of Service
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Special Seasonal Projects


Missions Support Opportunities

  • Serve on the Missions Leadership Team
  • Join the Missions Prayer Team
  • Coordinate Special Mission Projects
  • Correspond with our Missionary Partners
  • Host Visiting Missionaries
  • Publicize Events
  • Maintain the Missions Bulletin Boards


National and International Mission Trip Opportunities

Aldersgate has a long history of sending work teams to minister in foreign countries and needy areas of the U.S.

Foreign mission teams have served in Ghana, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Ecuador and Nicaragua in recent years.

Here in the U.S., work teams have served in Appalachia (Red Bird Mission; Beverly, KY), Alabama (Alabama Rural Ministry and tornado relief) and along the Gulf Coast (disaster relief).

Look for details in the coming months about the following opportunities:

  • Annual Red Bird Mission Trip
  • Adult Foreign Mission Trips
  • Youth Mission Trips

 Meals on Wheels

Aldersgate has a commitment to provide volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels daily to ten recipients in the Dalraida area.  We have an immediate need for volunteers on several days.  It only takes approximately one hour to deliver the meals.  The recipients are most grateful and you will receive a blessing for having helped someone in need.  If you can help with this mission, please email or call Betty Spencer at 277-5893.


Aldersgate's Partners on the Foreign Mission Field

These missionaries need our prayer support as well as the financial assistance we provide through the church budget. Please pray for them, their families, their ministries and those they serve.


Ed & Linda Baker, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

After completing seven years in Paraguay, Ed & Linda moved their water ministry to Nicaragua where they spent two years. While in Paraguay and Nicaragua they completed 39 water projects and coordinated the construction of churches, schools and homes for pastors. Starting in January 2011, Ed & Linda took on a new challenge as Co-Directors and Water and Sanitation Specialists for The Mission Society’s Global Resource Team (GRT).  

Now they are sharing with other missionaries what they have learned working in the areas of water and sanitation in the developing world. Projects planned this year and beyond will take them to Africa, India, Thailand and Latin America. Ed & Linda feel strongly that their ministry is to use the gift of clean, abundant water as a mechanism to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This platform has proven very effective over the years. They pray God will continue to use them and bless their ministry as it expands around the world. Check out Ed and Linda's Website to learn more about them and their work. They need our prayers as well as the financial support we provide.

Paul & Sylvia Cummings, Spain - One Mission Society 

Since 1984, Paul and Sylvia Cummings have served in Spain as missionaries with OMS International, now One Mission Society. Their multifaceted ministry includes evangelism, discipleship, music, teaching English and computers, home Bible studies, camps, women’s ministry (including quilting) and men’s ministry (including boat building).  

After four years of serving as part of a pastoral team in Motril, the Cummings went to Madrid in 1990 where they have been supervisors in the exciting Marriage Encounter program, interim camp director of the Rock of Horeb camp (Paul) and director of the English ministries (Sylvia). Paul has also developed a ministry of offering computer classes in the church. Teaching English and computer builds a bridge between the community and the church and opens doors for presenting the Gospel. Visit Paul and Sylvia's website for more information.

Kristen Fisher, Worldwide - Global Women

Kristin Fisher works for Global Women, a nonprofit organization guided by a vision of a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community, and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose. Knowing this vision is not a reality for so many women living especially in developing countries, they are motivated by Christ to serve as a catalyst for positive change on behalf of vulnerable women.

Global Women is currently active in nine nations where they strive to form partnerships with indigenous Christian women to lead initiatives aimed at helping poor, vulnerable women in the areas of sex trafficking, clean water, maternal health, economic empowerment and education. Their strategy allows them to share the Gospel of Christ through life-changing programs that teach skills, improve access to maternal health and clean water, encourage education opportunities for girls and offer restoration and rehabilitation for women who have been trafficked. Visit the Global Women website to learn more.

Cameron & Anne Gongwer, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

Dr. Cameron and Anne Gongwer currently serve with The Mission Society in health, education and discipleship outreaches in Ghana, West Africa, from their home base in South Bend, Indiana, where their daughter Caylor is a high school student. Cam, who developed the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital, works through Crosspoint Global Health Ministry to collaborate in community health transformation and equip health workers for servant leadership. He helps coordinate mobile medical clinics with church planting efforts, trains health workers in international medicine and public health, and networks with Christian health professionals in Ghana and the USA.

Anne communicates with the leaders of the Reading Town Library that she established during their 13 years in Ankaase and with BLESS Literacy in Ejura, Ghana. Her goals are to listen to and encourage their vision, to assist with funding of operating costs, Bibles, books, and larger projects, plus share in discipleship through Scripture, prayer and testimonies. Visit their website to learn more.

Neal HicksNeal Hicks, Japan - The Mission Society

Neal Hicks and his first wife Mari served in Japan for over 30 years, 21 of those with The Mission Society, before her death from esophageal cancer in March of 2012. Neal pastored a Free Methodist Church in Tokyo, ministering in a variety of culturally-appropriate ways, including feeding and clothing the homeless, and serving as a leader with the International VIP Club ministry, an outreach to unreached Japanese business men and women with the Gospel.

Neal is presently based in Tennessee, but he remains connected to the Tokyo homeless ministry and the churches he served in Japan. He is leading English conversation classes and Bible studies with groups of Japanese families in the greater Nashville area and co-leading worship in Japanese every Sunday afternoon. Neal also leads the new Nashville International VIP chapter and is ready to launch a Christian VIP gun club to reach Japanese fathers. We congratulate him and his new bride Shirley on their recent marriage. Neal greatly values our prayers and financial support. Visit Neal's webpage to learn more.

Andrew & Margaret Howell, France - The Mission Society  

Andrew and Margaret Howell have been part of The Mission Society team to France for the past 15 years after having previously served in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Andrew and Margaret serve in Global Family Ministry in the US, France, and abroad. They have accepted the role to provide counselling, coaching, prayer ministry and training of couples and families for The Mission Society. In this position they often teach on marriage and family relationships. They seek to expand and develop family ministry among the constituency of The Mission Society and its network, as well as among their workers globally. Andrew and Margaret moved back to the US to begin this new ministry in October 2013. 

They now reside in Prattville, AL, but travel throughout the world spreading the Good News of the Gospel. They are delighted to have us on their support team and consider us an answer to prayer. Visit them online for more information.

Szabolcs Kerekes, Hungary - CRM

Szabolcs Kerekes has been involved in church planting in Hungary since 1998. He has published three books and translated materials for use in mentoring key pastors, church planters and future leaders. Szabolcs teaches by example, evangelizing and serving the poor, sick and outcast in many ways. He conducts several youth camps each summer and ministers regularly in a Budapest prison for girls.

We were pleased to have Szabolcs visit Aldersgate in October 2011. He shared with us the challenges of trying to reach the post-modern world of Eastern Europe with the Gospel. Szabolcs reported with great joy that he had been reunited with an old friend who shares his love for the Lord; he and Hajnal were married in April 2012. He appreciates our support and prayers.

Jim & Penie Koch, Jamaica - Kingdom Builders Ministry

Jim and Penie Koch have served with Kingdom Builders Ministry in Jamaica since 1996. Their goal is to assist people in identifying their God-given purpose in life and equipping them to fulfill that purpose. They are dedicated to sharing Christ's love with people in need by providing basic needs and abundant love. From their base in Whitehorse, Westmoreland, on the southern coast of Jamaica, they spread the Gospel to the surrounding communities of Jamaica.

The Kochs host short-term work teams and missionary interns and work with them to serve the needs of the poor, elderly and infirm. In July 2009, a team of 24 adults and youth from Aldersgate spent a life-changing week working with the Kochs, conducting VBS, doing home repairs, visiting a nursing home and a hospital to cheer and pray with the patients, and doing simple, but meaningful, tasks like carrying heavy containers of water for local residents. To learn more about Kingdom Builders Ministry, go to the Kingdom Builders website.

Adam & Melissa Williford, Mexico - Yugo Ministries

Adam and Melissa Williford have been missionaries with Yugo Ministries in Baja California, Mexico, since May 2013. Yugo exists so that lives can be transformed by Jesus Christ in Mexico and around the world. By partnering with local pastors they are able to proclaim the Gospel in three ways: outreach, discipleship and orphan care. Adam and Melissa both work in Yugo’s Mexico field office. Together they work with Yugo’s executive staff, ministry directors, and media team to coordinate many of the ministry’s day-to-day activities and the work of mission teams.

Adam and Melissa share a passion for foreign missions, a passion for reaching out to those who are in need of shelter and food and are starving for the Love of Christ. The Willifords have committed to serve with YUGO for two years, but ultimately are surrendered to God’s will and timing for them to be in Mexico. Near the beginning of 2015, they and big sister Taylor will welcome Baby Asher to their family ministry. Adam and Melissa are from Montgomery and have family connections at Aldersgate. To learn more go to

Mark Wittig, Colombia - Christian Union Sports Club

Mark Wittig served as a missionary with OMS International in Colombia for 25 years, but is now employed directly by the ministry he started and has nurtured during most of that time. He supervises the Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC), a city-wide sports program, which evangelizes and disciples over 1,000 children and youth of Medellín through soccer on a weekly basis. Mark, an ordained minister, is also involved in a church-planting ministry and was professor of missions at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia until recently.

2011 was a big year for Mark, his wife Elizabeth and their family. The summer was filled with exciting activities celebrating CUSC’s 20th anniversary. In October, they welcomed baby Jose’ Miguel. Please keep Mark and his ministry in your prayers. You can learn more about the Christian Union Sports Club at Christian Union Sports Club online.

Marion & Mary Woods, Costa Rica - Methodist Rural Center  

Marion and Mary Woods have served as retired missionaries in northern Costa Rica since their marriage in 1993. They run the Methodist Rural Center in Ciudad Quesada which serves as a retreat center for Costa Rican churches and as a base for Volunteer in Mission Teams working in the northern part of Costa Rica. They were hosts for 27 work teams in 2014. Aldersgate teams have worked with Marion since 1984; Mary’s first trip to Costa Rica was with one of our teams in 1986.

For 64 years, Marion has served as an evangelistic missionary establishing congregations and constructing chapels and parsonages throughout Costa Rica. At the age of 96 and with the help of his beloved Mary, he is still serving God in a remarkable way. To learn more about the Woods and their ministry, visit the Methodist Rural Center website. They are grateful for our financial support and our prayers.


Missionary Couple, Asia

This young couple has a special connection with Aldersgate since she grew up in our church. They work for a teaching organization that sends Christians as English teachers to Asia. For security reasons their names and assigned country must remain unnamed. They are team leaders in a Teaching Fellowship Program which recruits recent college graduates to serve as teachers for university students for one year. Working as educators, they have the opportunity to interact with university students and teachers, but they also have exposure to business people in their community.

She is a pharmacist and meets regularly with local health care professionals. Their work is two-fold: they strive to teach excellently and live intentionally among their students and colleagues. As relationships are built with the people around them they have the opportunity to share the Good News on an almost daily basis. They also strive to come alongside like-minded people on their campus primarily through one-on-one relationships, building community among brothers and sisters on campus and connecting them to fellowships in the community.

Note: Due to their location, communication with this couple is sensitive. Please contact the International Acts 1:8 Team for instructions and restrictions before attempting to contact them.


Missionary Nurse, India - The Mission Society

This missionary partner, a registered nurse, has served for many years and in several locations as a missionary with The Mission Society. She currently serves faithfully in a hospital in one of the most corrupt and poverty stricken areas of India. For security reasons her name and exact location must remain unnamed. Through medical and spiritual training and support, her ministry focuses on students, nurses and doctors who are struggling to be a light to the poor of northern India. She teaches academic courses and Bible studies, assists with spiritual retreats, and counsels and mentors young nurses, dentists, and doctors in training.

She also works as a consultant in the hospital for quality management issues. As an experienced missionary, she serves on The Mission Society’s leadership team responsible for missionaries in that area of the world and mentors newly arrived missionaries in India. She will tell you that her most important job is interceding in prayer for other missionaries in India because it is a very difficult and dark place to work and to spread the Gospel.



GBGM Missionaries

Aldersgate helps support the following missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church through our Alabama-West Florida Conference apportionment giving.


Rev. Alex & Brenda Awad, Israel/Palestine

Rev. Alex and Brenda Awad have served in Israel/Palestine for more than 20 years.  Alex, a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, pastors a small international church in East Jerusalem and is affiliated with Bethlehem Bible College as professor, dean of students and board member.  Brenda fills several roles at the church and the college, from teaching to administrative work to coordinating visits by United Methodist groups.

The Awads visited Aldersgate in the late 1980’s.  At the time, they had been forced to leave their ministry in Bethlehem because the Israeli government had refused to renew their visas.  They were finally allowed to return in 1994 where they continue to serve.

Revs. Jay & Grace Choi, Philippines

Revs. Jay and Grace Choi have served in the Philippines since 2002.  Jay serves at Union Theological Seminary, an ecumenical theological formation center founded in the Philippines in 1907 and jointly sponsored by The United Methodist Church and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines. 

Grace is a community health worker in several community outreach programs of Harris Memorial College and teaches piano and voice at the school.  For more than 100 years the college has been the only training center for deaconesses in Southeast Asia.  It was established in 1903 and has played a major role in the ministry, life and mission of The United Methodist Church.

Dakin Cook & Sara Flores, Quito, Ecuador

Dakin Cook and Sara Flores met and were married in her native country of Bolivia, where he served as a GBGM missionary from 1993 – 2007; they currently reside in Quito, Ecuador.  Dakin serves as GBGM’s mission financial auditor for South America working to ensure that mission funds are distributed and used in appropriate ways.

Sara serves in church development and community ministries, working with the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador.  Her work places emphasis on diaconal ministries in support of projects that respond to the prioritized needs of congregations and their communities.  Sara earlier served as integrated ministries advisor for the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia, working to strengthen the church's ministries in health, education, and community development.

German Gomez, Clanton, AL

German Gomez, a native of Mexico, is assigned to San Juan Mission in Clanton, AL, through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries.  He serves as the pastor of mission, jail ministry, social work, and mission development and has planted several churches.

German says he has a calling to preach, teach and make disciples.  He sees God moving through his ministry when he sees families changed through the work of the Holy Spirit, when he goes to the jail to preach and sees the change the Lord brings to the prisoners, and when the prisoners leave the prison and the Holy Spirit brings them to the church.  German and his wife Leticia, who is also a GBGM missionary serving at San Juan Mission, have three children.

Rev. Rhett Thompson, Panama City, Panama

Rev. Rhett Thompson serves as pastor of an Evangelical Methodist Church in Panama City, Panama, and as the national coordinator of Volunteers in Mission in Panama, helping construction and medical mission teams from the UMC.  Additionally, he has coordinated efforts of the church to strengthen its outreach into surrounding low-income neighborhoods through a day-care program and other projects.

Rhett has also been involved in the development of a comprehensive rural health project which serves the Ngobe Indians, the poorest of the poor in Panama. This project includes the provision of potable water, adult literacy classes, community organization, and pre-school education for the Ngobe children.

A native Alabamian, Rhett is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and a Masters in Family Counseling from the Catholic University of Panama.

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