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Pastor Laura came to Aldersgate UMC during June 2021. She is happy to be in Sumter where she is learning to see the beauty of God’s creation in a new setting. Pastor Laura is originally from the mountains s of Western North Carolina. She served a church in Greenville while she worked on her MDiv from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.  She served at Surfside Beach after completing her degree and while she completed the ordination process. 


Her office door has a sign that says “Grace is given here.” She hopes you will come visit her and hear grace in a conversation. Her prayer for Aldersgate is to be a congregation that gratefully accepts the gift of God’s grace and generously helps our community experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ. 

She enjoys family time with her husband, Daryl and her grown children and their spouses, Ben and Carli and Sarah and Matt. The family dog, Tucker is a big part of her life. She enjoys a nice walk, a good novel, and a challenging jigsaw puzzle. 

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Sphendi Dani - Maintenance Director

Sphendi Dani came to America in 2001 from Albania.  He has been married to his wife for 31 years and they have three amazing children.  His favorite verse is Matthew 4:19 “And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  He loves to serve the lord with excellence in all that he does. 

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Teralyn has been married to her husband for 20 years and they have four children, and a plethora of animals.  She earned 2 Master's degrees, one is a MBA specializing in Human Resources and the other is in Pastoral Counseling focusing on Marriage and Families.  She got the second masters knowing how hard this life can be and just wanting to give individuals and their children a resource to either vent, or look for solutions to ease the struggle even just a little.  Since then, she has focused on educating parents, and worked with children so they can KNOW who our great God is.  

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