We seek to make Christ’s Love visible through inclusivity, hospitality, and service.
Our Core Values
All are welcome at Redford Aldersgate and ALL means ALL. We are a place that welcomes people of all backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, sexual orientations, gender identities/expressions, physical abilities and economic situations.
Our congregation will do everything we can to be “red letter” Christians, using the words Jesus said and the stories Jesus told to inform and motivate everything we do.
We will welcome each and every person that comes through our door and will seek to integrate new people into the life of the congregation. Each person has gifts to bring that make us more able to do whatever it takes!
If our church closed, would anyone except our members notice? We hope so! We seek to be in service in our neighborhood, our community and our world. We believe we are here to benefit our non-members.
Everyone in our church is encouraged to participate in bible study, small groups and missions in an effort learn more about their faith and inspire their own journey to living more like Jesus did.
They will know we are Christians by our love! We will go out our way to visit the sick, pray for each other and meet the needs of our neighbors. We believe that we are called to love the world as God loves us.
We believe in extraordinary sharing, willing sacrifice, and joyous giving out of love for God and neighbor.
We appreciate and honor all the people and events and traditions that shape the church that Redford Aldersgate is, while at the same time we seek to innovate and respond to the challenges people face today.
In addition to the many volunteer leaders who make our ministries possible, our staff includes:
Rev. Ben Bower
Pastor Ben is our Lead Pastor and has a heart for justice, reconciliation, and building bridges in our communities that testify to the inclusive nature of God, the subversive teachings of Jesus, and the radical transformation of the Holy Spirit. Ben is married to Mallory and they have a horse named May, a dog named Jemma, and two cats, Nelix and Fidra.
Rev. Nadine Johnson
Pastor Nadine is our Associate Pastor, primarily serving our Brightmoor Campus. She brings a wonderful spirit of pastoral care and a vision for where the Kingdom of God is breaking forth in our midst. Pastor Nadine has been married to her college sweetheart for over 25 years and they have five wonderful children and one amazing grandchild.
Louise is our Church Administrator at Redford Aldersgate. Louise makes sure that everything is running behind the scenes, organizing volunteers, and helping to make the welcome real at RAUMC.
Earl (Woody) Rush is our Facilities Manager. Woody’s got a gift for putting broken things back together. He’s got a long history of repair and maintenance, and is an instrumental part of caring for our buildings and our community.
Cindy is our Custodian at the Redford Campus. She ensures that all of our spaces are together and ready to welcome people. Her gifts in leadership and ministry help to define who we are.
Claire is our Director of Congregational Care and Missions. She also serves as the Manager of RBI’s Food 4 U program and Furniture Ministry. On top of all of that, Claire is a gifted musician and can be found playing piano and organ with the choir on some Sundays.
Pastor Julie Herod
Julie is our Treasurer and ensures that we are on track with our budget, while staying true to our mission and convictions.
Terence is our Custodian at the Brightmoor Campus. He’s a dedicated member of the church and a leader who makes us who we are.
Laura is our Evening Receptionist. She is a welcoming presence for all of our evening 12 Step meetings, events, and groups!
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