Meet Our Staff
Reverend Kenneth Suhr
Senior PastorRev. Kenneth K. Suhr was appointed to Aldersgate UMC in July 2016. He first served Abundant Life Community of Korean UMC in San Diego for 9 years (1998-2007), was then appointed to Faith UMC in Torrance for 9 years (2007-2016), and hopes to reach the 10 year mark at Aldersgate !
He is the grandson of a Methodist pastor and professor, and was born and raised in Southern California. After receiving his degree in economics from UCLA, he went on a two-month mission trip to a small, beautiful First Nations island off the west coast of Canada, Klemtu. Ken experienced the best two months of his life simply building relationships of trust, helping as he was able, and sharing the love and hope of Jesus for all. It is on the island of Klemtu that Ken experienced the words of Isaiah 40, “soaring like an eagle” come alive in his life for the first time… and it is on the island of Klemtu that Ken received his call to full-time ministry.
Ken is married to Sunnie (1997), and they have four sons ( two in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary). They love eating good food together, playing sports, going fishing, singing praises, going on mission trips, and enjoying the company of good friends.
Ken is excited to partner with all who seek to bring the kingdom of heaven here on earth, and to simply put a smile on Jesus’ face day-by-day.
Reverend Tim Ellington
Teaching PastorPastor Tim grew up in Seattle, WA, where his father served as a United Methodist pastor, and moved to Pasadena, CA while in high school. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1991 and then worked in campus ministry for five years. Tim graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 2001 and since that time has served churches in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Kailua, HI.
Tim has been married since 1997. His wife Cindy is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Their two sons are Micah, 13, and Daniel, 11. Tim loves teaching and equipping people to be a part of what God is doing in the world. He is passionate about making disciples who make disciples. He also loves 80’s music and Seattle sports teams, especially the Washington Huskies.
Multimedia and Sound
Bell and Chancel Choir Director
Director of Children's Education
Director of the Children's Center