Rev. Shelly McNaughton-Lawrence, Senior Pastor
Shelly joined the staff of Aldersgate in July 2006. She has a deep passion for sharing the love and compassion of the Christian life with people from all walks of life. Shelly grew up attending the Shawnee United Methodist Church in Shawnee, KS, and has been active in all areas of ministry since her youth. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television Journalism from Kansas State University and received her Masters of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology. Shelly has served churches all over the United States, including California, Florida, Iowa and throughout Kansas. She received the Denman Evangelism Award in 2000. Shelly and her husband Eric have two children, Sarah and Sean.
Kara Stanley, Director of Discipleship
Kara joined the Aldersgate Staff in July 2021 as the new Director of Discipleship. She received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from UMKC and received her Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary. Kara has served in various forms of ministry throughout her entire career. She hopes to foster “intergenerational engagement” in all our areas of ministry here at Aldersgate.
Becky Waters, Worship Arts Director
Becky comes to us with a lifetime of church music experience. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education. Becky also served as the worship pianist for Baker University for many years.
Worship Pianist, Amy Warner
Megan Lynn, Preschool Director
Megan joined the Aldersgate Preschool staff as a co-director in July of 2020. She graduated from Baker University with an Elementary Education degree with an emphasis in special education. Before joining Aldersgate, she taught Kindergarten for six years which gives her knowledge on how to prepare children for elementary school. Megan has a passion for working in early childhood and loves to share God’s love with children all while instilling a lifelong love for learning!
Larry Welch, Treasurer
Stan Fish, Media Coordinator
Julie France, Child Care Director
Julie has been a member of Aldersgate since 2002 and volunteers to help with lots of activities that impact children and youth. She joined the Aldersgate staff as Child Care Director in 2012. Julie enjoys caring for young children and guiding her care workers in ways to help children feel at home at Aldersgate. Julie and her husband Erik have two sons and one daughter.