History of the name “Aldersgate”
The name “Aldersgate” is in honor of the street in London on which John Wesley had his “heart warming” experience. John Wesley is the founder of the Methodist faith.
Brief History of Aldersgate United Methodist Church
In 1885, North Randall Church, a small church at Warrensville Center Road and Emery Road was organized. During the next 40 years, despite some difficult times the church increased in membership. In 1924, the congregation of the North Randall Church joined the Methodist Episcopal faith. With the help of lay members and dedicated pastors, the church continued to grow through the Depression years and World War II. In 1952, the congregation merged with Elsmere-Lee Methodist Church and was renamed Aldersgate Methodist Church in honor of the street in London on which John Wesley had his “heart warming” experience. The congregation purchased five acres of land on Eastwood Lane, which is the site of the present building. The building was completed and dedicated 1957. The East Educational Wing – Van Horn Hall, was opened two years later in 1959. In 1994, the educational wing was dedicated to Bishop James S. Thomas, then Bishop of the East Ohio Conference. Under several pastorates, Aldersgate became a presence in the Warrensville Heights neighborhood, reaching out to the community, providing a variety of ministries, and providing opportunities for community groups to meet. Our members share their gifts and talents beyond the local church, serving on boards and committees at the district, jurisdiction, and general church levels. Aldersgate is a Congregation Resource Center for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21St Century. We have also begun a connection to the ministries, churches, and people in Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Africa as part of Bishop Hopkins’ 3 Cs Initiative. We continue to be in mission to our local community and around the world. As we strive to be open to God’s leading for Aldersgate, we are looking at new ways to reach the least, the lost and those outside our doors. The Lord continues to bless Aldersgate and as we celebrate our 87TH Anniversary, we prayerfully and boldly look to the future as we strive to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”