A Christ-centered inclusive Christian church. Wilmington, DE

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2313 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-2911

(302) 478-2575


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Who We Are

With God's help and through prayer: we Gather as God's people, Grow in faith and love, and Go into the world as Jesus' disciples.

About Us

Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Creative, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Inclusive

Community Service, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Young Adults, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Preschool

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Organ

Methodist (UMC)




Our Services

What are services like?
We offer 2 traditional style worship services in the sanctuary - 1 early (~8:30) and later at 11 a.m. A contemporary family-friendly service is held at 9 a.m. in the auditorium. Worship times change in the summer months (June through September). Music is a huge part of all worship services with traditional worship music with a ~50 voice Chancel Choir, Brass Ensemble, Bell Choir, "journey" Band (contemporary Christian, and music opportunities for all ages of children and youth. Christian education and small groups are offered each Sunday for all ages and with additional offerings throughout the week.

What is the community like?
We are an inter-generational community of Christians. Some dress in jeans or shorts, others in suits and ties and everything in between! No one should be concerned about fitting it! We are made up of singles, families by many definitions and welcome all who wish to learn more with us about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We hope you will give us a try. We ALL begin there at some point and the journey to becoming a believer is a gift to all. No one is turned away because of probing questions or doubts. It's just a starting point.


J. Christopher Pennington

J. Christopher Pennington

What a blessing it is to serve the people of Aldersgate UMC! My arrival at Aldersgate comes after a series of many wonderful stops along the way. I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Brandywine High School before heading off to the University of Delaware. Following graduation, I went off into the workforce starting out at a travel agency and ending up at a title insurance company before taking my first pastoral appointment. Along the way, I honed my skills at management and personnel, accounting, and all facets of running a business. It was a fun time of life but the most fun was that during this time I met my wife, Christy. I felt the call to go into pastoral ministry on May 25, 1997 during a retreat experience at a Methodist camp in Maryland. I immediately began the process of becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church. I attended Palmer Seminary that fall and completed my Master of Divinity degree in the spring of 2003. During that I time I was serving as the pastor of three churches on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. What a joy the people of the Crapo Charge were and remain in my life. Upon finishing my degree, I was appointed to serve Christ UMC in Wilmington, Delaware. I spent four years there and cherish the memories I have of those people. From Christ UMC, I was appointed serve the community of Seaford, Delaware at St. John’s UMC. I will never forget my four years at St. John’s. I started at Aldersgate UMC on July 1, 2011 completing a journey of serving in many different styles of churches. I look forward with eager anticipation to what the future holds because I know who holds the future. I pray God’s blessing upon you and the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you always!

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