Our History

The seed for Aldersgate United Methodist Church was planted in 1966, when the New Orleans District Board of Missions reacted to the projected growth in the Slidell area by purchasing land on Robert Road for another United Methodist Church in the future. Their foresight became a reality in 1976, as a task force of persons dedicated to developing a new United Methodist Church met under the direction of Bishop Finis Crutchfield. This group selected the name for the new church, obtained temporary facilities for worship and secured a parsonage.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church was thus born on June 27, 1976, with a handful of people gathering to worship in a room on the top floor of a restaurant. Within a few months, the congregation needed more space and moved to a local dance studio. It was here that Bishop Kenneth Shamblin led in Aldersgate’s charter service on October 3, 1976, with 107 persons receiving charter certificates.

In June, 1977, Aldersgate celebrated its first anniversary and proudly moved into its own facility, a multi-purpose building with sanctuary, kitchen, offices and classrooms, at its present address, 360 Robert Boulevard. The Aldersgate community continued to grow at an unprecedented rate. An educational building was added in 1979, but still the demand for more space continued. In 1981, a beautiful sanctuary to seat over 500 was built. In the next several years, additional property and buildings were purchased to meet the continuing growth. We are proud of the new John Wesley Center and the newly completed Susanna Wesley Building. These are the latest of our building programs – with more to come as we continue to grow.

Throughout Louisiana, the name Aldersgate has become synonymous with rapid growth and progressive programs of outreach and Christian education. Within the Slidell community, Aldersgate has provided leadership in meeting the wide variety of human needs. On the same level, Aldersgate has become a model for church growth and strong programming.

From its modest beginning, this little church has grown to become one of the largest United Methodist churches in Louisiana. Aldersgate has enjoyed excellent ministerial leadership and guidance from Chris Andrews, Thomas Dunbar, William Peeples, John Winn and Carol Cotton-Winn, Cliff Wright, Don Cottrill, Dave Fortuna, Nick Evans, John and Marie Williams, Gary Willis, Lane Cotton Winn, Nancy Wofford, Mike Palermo, and currently Tracy MacKenzie. The growth of Aldersgate is due in great part to the initial financial and spiritual support from the Conference, District and local levels. Finally, Aldersgate United Methodist Church has become a leading church because of the people – – dedicated, caring, involved people who believe in putting their faith into action.


October 29, 2017
  • One Combined Worship Service & Children's Sabbath!

    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    We will Worship today at one combined Service. Don't miss Children's Sabbath on this day. Our children will lead, sing and ring!

  • One Combined Worship Service / Children's Sabbath

    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • One Combined Service at 10am / Children's Sabbath

    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Trunk-Or-Treat

    October 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Campus Wide

    Calling all ghost, pirates, princesses and superhero's! Join us for our 15th Annual Trunk Or Treat.

November 15, 2017
  • Wednesday Night Dinner

    November 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    John Wesley Center

    Join us on Wednesday Evenings for a time of supper and fellowship.
    Dinner starts at 5pm and finishes at 7pm.


8:30am - Traditional Worship

Join us for this traditional United Methodist worship experience, built around liturgy, congregational prayer, hymns led by the choir and organ, hearing the spoken word, and reflecting upon it with current, relevant messages, and caring for one another in prayer.

9:45am - Sunday School

Our Sunday School hour includes 10 adult classes, a youth class, sixth/seventh grade confirmation class, and seven other children’s classes.

11:00am - Contemporary Worship

Come as you are to this contemporary worship experience.  This service features our praise bands sharing new and favorite songs, experiential messages rooted in the scriptures, and a time build our community through prayer.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church
360 Robert Blvd
Slidell, LA 70458
(985) 641-5829
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