301 North College Ave.

Aledo, IL 61231

PHONE 309-582-2169

​​​"We exist to

​connect people to

Jesus Christ!"



Brooke is a graduate Western Illinois University/Quad Cities. She continues to feel exceedingly blessed to serve as one of the nursery attendants for the Aledo UMC. She loves seeing the youth of this congregation become excited and passionate about God. Through Jesus Christ, she has learned to let go and to let God handle whatever life situation comes her way. Thus, this is her motto: “Too blessed to be stressed!”

Ruth Dulaney- Director of Volunteer Ministries

Ruth is semi-retired after her career as a Medical Technologist and Laboratory Manager.  She has three married daughters and six grandchildren.  At AUMC, she is actively engaged in leading the Caring Hearts teams, Wednesday Night Fellowship meals, and other ministries.  "I love being able to work with others for the common goal of being the 'Hands and Feet of Jesus' in our community".


Dwight is a retired banker and enjoys keeping busy in retirement as Treasurer of the church. Dwight and his wife Joan live in Aledo and have one daughter and husband who live in Bloomington, Illinois. Dwight enjoys volunteering at church, going on mission trips and volunteering for community groups. Dwight is currently involved in the Exchange Club of Aledo, Aledo Civic Center Authority and Aledo Masonic


     Ashley Nicole Schmidt graduated from Knox College in 2017 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Creative Writing. She earned her Associates in Science from Carl Sandburg College in 2015. She has a somewhat clear thought of what she wants her future to hold and hopes she can continue to live her life for the Lord. One day, she plans on having her own family, but for now her cat Roman is all she needs. Ashley hopes and prays everyday that she can take her amazing title of Director of Families and Young Adults as far as she can and then some.

Email- ashley@myaledoumc.com

I have served as a nursery attendant at the AUMC since the spring of 2012. I simply love to be with small children. I am self-employed as a Cosmetologist for 43 years. I’m married to Bob of 35 years. We also have three grown daughters and we have four grandchildren. I love the saying: “From little seeds grow mighty trees.” I feel the love and care that we provide for these little children, we are giving them a good start on their Christian journey. I feel extremely blessed to be serving such a great congregation and community here at the AUMC.


Debbie Swank- Office Administrator

     In the fall of 2012, Debbie took on the mantle of Office Administrator here at AUMC- her family's home church. She says, "It is an honor and privilege to work for our church family. This is my 'retirement' job, and I love it!" Before becoming Office Administrator, Deb spent 20 years as a self-employed cosmotologist, as well as the bookkeeper for her husband's plumbing business. Her family includes her husband Stan, 3 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and her first great-grandchild! One of her favorite Bible verses is Zephaniah 3:17, "For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." What an awesome God we serve! Email- office@myaledoumc.com

Rev. Mark Harris- Directing Pastor 

     Rev. Mark is happily married to his high school sweetheart Joanne and they have 2 sons- Sam and Hunter. He is a fully ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in his 21st year in the ministry. He began his ministry career with 7 years as the Associate Pastor at The Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, IL. He then served as the Directing Pastor at The St. Joseph United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, IL for 8 years before coming to Aledo in July of 2012. He graduated with Honors from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Acting. He also graduated with Honors from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO with a Master's Degree (MDiv) in Theology. He has a passion for growing churches by helping people deepen their faith. He is a drummer as well as an actor, magician, juggler, singer, website designer, film maker and writer. (www.stickwithjesus.com) Email- revmark@myaledoumc.com                           

Click HERE to send a private Prayer Request to Rev. Mark

Mike Millar- Director of Worship

     After 35 years as a classroom teacher, Mike has entered his “refirement” years.  Since June 2011, he has served as Director of Worship. He leads the Praise Band – Connection and sings in the Chancel Choir.  He plays guitar and enjoys volunteering for Mercer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Erika Kate Hope Alliance.  Mike and his wife, Barb, live in Aledo.  They celebrate four grown children, all married, and eleven grandchildren.  Mike says, “I am blessed by this opportunity to serve the Lord and a loving, supportive church family.  I give thanks for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.  Sing praise and live in the love of Jesus!” Email- mikemillar@myaledoumc.com

Melissa Coleman- Director of Youth and Children's Ministries

    Born in Davenport and raised by an incredible set of parents, Melissa Marie Coleman is the youngest of two.  She could not have prayed for a better sibling than her older brother who serves as her inspiration.  The blessing of her family is what laid the Christian foundation that has made her who she is today.  She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was eight years old.  She received her calling to be a psychologist at age 15 and earned her degree from Saint Ambrose University in 2003.  She served as the Assistant Director/ Lead Case Manager/Head Trainer for Christian Care (a Domestic Violence Shelter that serves the QCA) as well as Project Now as a Transitional Housing Case Manager for homeless teens and families, serving Rock Island and Mercer Counties.  Expanding her mission field, Christ called Melissa into ministry in 2008 as Youth Servant Leader/Sunday School Teacher for West Branch UMC for four years.  In 2012, she received the GREATEST blessing when God placed her as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries of Aledo United Methodist Church.  Throughout this amazing journey, Melissa prays she will be so sold-out for God that when she opens her eyes open every morning, the devil says, “Oh, no! She's awake!”   ​​ Email- youthdirector@myaledoumc.com