Rev. Bill Halter is the Lead Pastor at Aley Church and oversees all staff and ministries. He is married to his wife Sharon who works in IT at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  They currently have two fur babies, Gabby and Ace! Pastor Bill earned his bachelor degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a retired middle school and high school social studies teacher. He obtained his Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Prior to coming to Aley, Pastor Bill has served multiple churches in Shelby County, Ohio. For fun, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, playing golf, and anything football.


Interim Pastor

Rev. Wendy Lybarger is serving as interim pastor of Aley UMC, while Pastor Bill is on renewal leave, and is a Regional Missional Specialist with the West Ohio Conference (UMC); she will be serving 10-15 hours per week at Aley. Ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 2010, Wendy has served small, mid-size, and large churches in rural, urban, suburban, and university settings, and was Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Miami Valley District. She has served on several conference committees and has also been part of West Ohio delegation to the North Katanga Conference, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to inaugurate the new Wings of the Morning airplane in 2013 and to teach at their Pastor’s School in 2018. Wendy lives on the north side of Dayton with her spouse Tom, their tuxedo cat Mr. PIB, and their rescue puppy Lady; she is mother of 3 and “nana” of 7, an avid sports fan (OSU football and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey) and loves to travel, walk, garden, and cook.

Wendy's days off are most often Monday and Saturday.


Pastor of Outreach & 

Family Life

Rev. Abby Lightle has served at Aley since June 1, 2019 and currently serves as the Pastor of Outreach and Family Life. In this role, Pastor Abby oversees the outreach ministries of the church and seeks new opportunities for the church to be active and serve in the world beyond the four walls of the building. Additionally, Pastor Abby leads youth in grades 6-12 and family ministries while overseeing kids ministry within Aley.  

For 8 years Abby was a high school science teacher, softball coach, and Science Olympiad advisor while serving in part time ministry at her home church in Anna, OH. She graduated from United Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity and in May 2022 she was fully ordained as a Deacon within the United Methodist Church. For fun Pastor Abby enjoys spending time with her family, working with her hands, reading, and exploring new places. 

Abby's days off are most often Friday & Saturday. 

  • SUSAN GRINKEMEYER - Kids Ministry

    As the Kids Ministry, Susan oversees the ministries for infant through 5th grade and volunteers for these ministries.  Click here to see more about our Children's Ministry at Aley.

  • Karen engel - caring ministries

    Karen heads up the Caring Ministries at Aley which helps take ensure those involved at Aley are receive opportunities for physical and spiritual care on a personal level.  Click here to see more about Caring Ministries. 

  • Tom Oxley - church Business Administrator

    As our Church Business Administrator, Tom oversees the business aspects of the church and works closely with Trustees, SPRC, and Finance to help Aley Church function efficiently and effectively.  Tom helps maintain a well-cared for property that allows other staff to be able to focus in their ministry areas without worrying about the physical space.  

  • JESSICA CLARK - Administrative Assistant

    Our Administrative Assistant helps our office stay organized and efficient through answering phones, emails, managing the calendar, and coordinates communication through several ministries within Aley among many other tasks.

  • Gail Simpson - Community life coordinator

    As our Community Life Coordinator, Gail helps organize events for the church and ensures that everything needed for those events is taken care of as well as helping coordinate willing servants.  Gail is also currently serving as the Lay Leader at Aley. 

  • Adam Clark - Digital Media Coordinator

    As the digital media coordinator, Adam oversees our live-streaming and sound board operations.  He also assists with setting up/running virtual meetings and producing digital content for our social media accounts and website. 

  • KRISTINA CROUCHER - aca director

    Kristina oversees the business aspects of Aley Christian Academy and works to establish and maintain a safe, fun place for children to learn and grow.  Click here for more information about the ACA.

  • Pam Rauch

    Choir Director



  • Tracey McKibben


  • christy riel


Aley Worship Leaders

  • Jean lockwood



Meet the Aley Staff!