Announcement of New Lead Pastor

cc5f2104-6633-4941-8fdd-6c54ffcb0be3WELCOME REV. BENJAMIN AND MALLORY BOWER!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Ben Bower as Lead Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2016. Pastor Ben and Mallory come to us from Trenton First UMC, where they have served for the past three years.

Pastor Ben and Mallory are a dynamic and committed couple whose joy in living out their Christian faith is evident. Pastor Ben introduced himself to us with these words: “I have 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.” He has a great deal of experience over the past seven years working in and leading mission-oriented projects and activities. Pastor Ben feels that “This life of faith is not one we journey on our own, but in connection. This connection is made up of people of all types because the Kingdom of God is a reflection of God’s own creativity and love.” Journey. Communities. Inclusive. Radical Transformation. Life of faith. Connection. The Kingdom of God. God’s creativity and love. These are key characteristics that Pastor Ben uses when describing himself, but aren’t they also accurate representations of Redford Aldersgate UMC?

Watch for opportunities to meet Pastor Ben and Mallory over the late summer months. We will be hosting several “Meet and Greet” events in the homes of some of our members, where you will have a chance to meet them in informal and comfortable settings. Watch for announcements and invitations in the coming weeks.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to join us for Pastor Ben’s first worship service in Redford on Sunday, July 3. We are excited to begin this chapter in the history of Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and honored to have Pastor Ben lead us into it. Praise God!


  1. Dear Pastor Ben,
    When I thumbed through the 2015 Detroit Annual Conference Minutes, I only found a dozen names of my colleagues who entered the Conference about the same time I did: 1981. That explains why I think we haven’t met – yet. I retired in July 2015 and have since been retooling my folk/blues/americana music ministry. In that ministry, I was
    Juried and underwritten by Michigan Touring Arts, a division of the Michigan Humanities Council
    Invited to play in churches and small festivals throughout Michigan
    Touring nationally for seven years
    Recording several self-produced albums of traditional and original music
    I am reaching out today to offer this music ministry for use in your church. Pastors often schedule these audience-participation-concerts as either part of a worship service (music comprising 30-45 minutes of the service), a free-standing performance, or as part of an already planned event. I am always happy to work with colleagues to plan the most meaningful contribution to the life of your community. This collaboration always includes a sensitivity to current congregational needs as well as cooperation with themes being used in worship and congregational life.

    Please take just 2-4 minutes to peruse my website ( and YouTube channel (Hayden Carruth Music). Then give me a call, text, or email to explore what this ministry can contribute to your ministry. Thanks for your attention and blessings on your people and your ministry!

    In Christ,
    Hayden Carruth :: 734.330.9497 ::

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