301 North College Ave.

Aledo, IL 61231

PHONE 309-582-2169

​​​"We exist to

​connect people to

Jesus Christ!"


Natalie lives in Aledo with her husband and two kids. She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She is currently in her 9th year teaching special education. She earned her Master's Degree from Western Illinois University in May, 2019. She feels blessed to have been provided the opportunity to touch the lives of our youngest church goers and share God's love with them as the Nursery Director.


Stephanie is a Senior at Mercer County High School. She lives in Seaton with her grandma and weiner dog, Lucy. She enjoys singing to kids, making crafts, and watching how-to videos. She is currently learning how to sew. She enjoys helping the kids in the nursery grow and smile. 


    Kathleen is a graduate of Monmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies, theatre arts and speech communication. She and her husband Mark are the proud parents of Evan, Walker and Eleanor. She is an avid knitter and crocheter and enjoys charity projects. After 13 years of guest teaching in the Galesburg school district, Kathleen is excited to join the Aledo UMC team. She is looking forward to meeting you and your family and helping the children of Aledo UMC grow in Christ.   

Email Kathleen:  kathleen@myaledoumc.com                       

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".

ashley schmidt- church treasurer / nursery assistant

 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 has been a blessing to the church from the day she walked in the door, already having worn many "hats" in her service here!

​Email Ashley:  myaledotreasurer@gmail.com

REV. Dan WRIGHT - Directing pastor

Email Rev. Dan:  pastordan@myaledoumc.com



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 cosmetologist, as well as the bookkeeper for her husband's plumbing business. Her family includes her husband Stan, 3 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren! 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 Debbie:  office@myaledoumc.com

Mike Millar - Director of Worship

 After 35 years as an elementary classroom teacher, Mike has entered his “refirement” years.  Since June 2011, he has served as Director of Worship.  He leads the praise band – Connection, plays in the praise band – Forgiven, and sings in the Chancel Choir.  He enjoys singing, playing guitar, and volunteering for Mercer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.  Mike and his wife, Barb, live in Aledo.  They celebrate four grown children, all married, and twelve 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 Mike:  mbmillar70@gmail.com