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Pastoral Staff

Howard White

Howard White

Senior Pastor
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Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Religion Studies, Texas Christian University

Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey

Doctor of Divinity, Preaching, Chicago Theological Seminary

Additional non-degree studies at Durham U., England, & Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, India

 

Family: Wife, Leah Farrar-White; children, Sophie and Dow White

 

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: The way we serve our neighbors both near and far

 

Hometown: Moline, IL

 

Best childhood memories: Camping trips with my family

 

Favorite Bible verse:  God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20, The Message)

 

Favorite book:  Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie (Oops. I was supposed to say “the Bible.”)

Favorite food: Root beer malt from Whitey's Ice Cream Parlor in Moline

Favorite movies: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

Favorite vacation spot: Walt Disney World

 

Habit I want to quit:  Eating late-night snacks

Hidden talent:  Untying knots

Hobby:  Musical theater

 

Must-have guilty pleasure:  Cream horns

Proudest moment:   When Leah said “yes”

Strangest thing I have done:   Talk about the Bible with Margaret Thatcher

Way to relax:   Books and TV

Weirdest thing I’ve eaten:  Haggis

What I wanted to be when I grew up:    A professional actor

Melly Momo

Melly Momo

Associate Pastor
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Education: CEP Residency in St. Louis, MO; Master of Theological Studies,

Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO; Bachelor of Divinity, Africa University, Mutare/
Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Art French Linguistics, I.S. P Lubumbashi/ DR Congo.

 

Family: my children Barakah Stephen & Sifa Grace.

 

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: lot of smiles and happy faces, people who love the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Hometown: Wherever I am

 

Best childhood memories: evening children prayer meetings, Mulungwishi UMC Mission station.

 

Favorite Bible verse:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3: 22-23 (NRSV)

 

Favorite book:  The Bible

 

Favorite food: Galette (Belgian)

 

Favorite movies: Ice Age & Horton Hears a Who!

 

Favorite vacation spot: Laguna Beach, California.

 

Habit I want to quit:  Late bedtime.

 

Hidden talent:  I can crochet

 

Hobby:  Gardening, prayer

 

Must-have guilty pleasure:  Chocolate with Almond

 

Proudest moment:   When I became a mother

 

Strangest thing I have done:  riding a roller coaster at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania.

 

Way to relax:   listening to Spirit filled Christian Music.

 

Weirdest thing I’ve eaten:  Sushi

 

What I wanted to be when I grew up:    Serving God

Other Staff

Organized Alphabetically by Last Name

 

Jennifer Bosworth

Director of Wesley Christian Child Development Center
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Education:

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood, Western Illinois University

 

My Family:  Husband, Mike; son, William; daughters, Lauren and Rachel

 

What I Love About Wesley United Methodist Church:  The community of this church and especially the staff.

 

Hometown:  Macomb, IL

 

Best Childhood Memory:  Going to visit my grandparents and cousins in Wisconsin.

Favorite Bible Verse:  "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."  Deuteronomy 31:6

Favorite Book:  "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" by Audrey Wood

Favorite Food:  Ice Cream

Favorite Movies:  "Parenthood," "While You Were Sleeping,"  "The Hunger Game Series,"  "Star Wars Series,"  "Pride and Prejudice," and "Muppet Movie"

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Destin, FL

 

Habit I Want to Quit:  Pop--I love Coke.

Hidden Talent:  I remember all the words to 80's pop hits.

Hobby:  Quilting, reading, painting

Must-have Guilty Pleasure:  Hershey Bar

Proudest Moment:  When my children realize that Mom actually knows something!

Way to Relax:  Read, sew, go for a walk

Weirdest Thing I've Eaten:  I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food.

What I Do In My Free Time:  I love to quilt and make stuff, paint, and read.

What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up:  I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher.

Belinda Breeden

Belinda Breeden

Office Manager
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Education:  High School-Macomb Senior High School

                     Bachelors of Business in accounting--Western Illinois University

 

Family:   My husband, Greg, and I have been married for 29 years. We have two adult children, Drew and Ashley.

 

What I love about Wesley Church:   The people

 

Hometown:   Macomb, IL

 

Best Child memory:   Going to state in volleyball

 

Favorite Author: Sandra Brown and Harlan Coben

Favorite Food:   Pizza, anything with cheese---NOTHING GREEN!

Favorite movies:  The Notebook, The Proposal, Sweet November, A Few Good Men and Steel Magnolias

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Vegas

 

Habit I Want to Quit:  Candy Crush

Hidden Talent: Cooking

Hobbies:   Quilting, bowling, watching sports

Must-have Guilty Pleasure:  Laffy Taffy

 

Proudest moments:  Our son’s and daughter’s college graduations

 

Way to relax:  Laying in a hammock

Weirdest thing I've eaten:  Frog Legs

What I do in my free time:   Watch Cardinals baseball

 

What I wanted to be when I grew up:  I don't ever plan on growing up!

Dave Lafary

Dave Lafary

Health, Wellness & Visitation Coordinator/Wesley Praise Team Director
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Education: Advocate BroMenn Chaplain Residency

                   Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary 

                   Illinois Wesleyan University (BA Religion) 

 

My Family: Brandon Lafary, Jeremy Lafary

 

What I Love Most About Wesley: Wesley is a community filled with caring people who are imagining

what it is to be the hands and feet of Christ throughout Macomb and the world through its vision of

learning, growing and serving together.

 

Hometown: Smithfield, Illinois

Best Childhood Memory: Delivering papers around my hometown on my bicycle

Favorite Bible Verse:  "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's

love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries

about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love." Romans 8:38

Favorite Book:  "Life of Pi"

Favorite Food: The Strawberry

Favorite Movie: "Life in a Day"

Favorite Vacation Spot: Do I have to pick one?

Habit I Want to Quit: procrastination (how long did it take me to complete this questionnaire?)

Hidden Talent: Shhhhhh. . . I’m learning to play the mandolin.

Hobby: Photography, walking

Must-have Guilty Pleasure: Easter peeps (only the yellow ones) long after Easter is over so that they are

crunchy.

Proudest Moment: Watching my son graduate from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (my Alma Mater) last May.

Way to Relax: Playing “Seven Little Words” on my tablet.

Weirdest Thing I’ve Eaten: *See “Must-have guilty pleasure.”

Nancy  Leigh

Nancy Leigh

Director of Wesley Chimes
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Hometown:  Wilmington, Ill.

 

What I love about Wesley Church:  The hand bell choir

 

Family:   My husband, Greg, is retired but still active on the farm. Our children are:

  • Edward, vice president of Equity Residential in Chicago
  • Katie, Key West, Fla., a kayak guide, journalist and public relations writer for several different organizations. She has a son, Owen.
  • Randall farms with his dad in Fulton County and raises hogs. He has a son, Oliver.

Favorite Bible verse:  “Consider the lilies, how they grow …”

Favorite food:  Seafood or fish

Favorite guilty pleasure:   McDonald’s hot mocha – sometimes

 

Hobbies:  Hand bells and cross-stitch

 

Schools I attended: I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and Master of Science degrees in mathematics and chemistry at Western Illinois University.

 

Proudest moment:  Getting my master’s degree in chemistry

Way to relax:  Watch TV

Weirdest thing I’ve eaten:   Shark fin soup

What I do in my free time:   Baby-sit my grandsons, knit, cross-stitch, work in the flower garden

What I wanted to be when I grew up:    A teacher

Valencia Pettigrew

Valencia Pettigrew

Director of Christian Education and Youth
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What I love about Wesley Church: The intergenerational membership and the richness it can bring to the youth

 

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Education: B.A., Psychology and Professional Communications
Masters: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University 

Certification in Non-Profit Management

 

Family

Husband: Ronald 

Children: Joshua (adult), Tiairra (adult) and Asia

 

Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 6:10-18

 

Best childhood memory: My parents taking my brother and me on trips each year, and our dad giving us money to start the vibrating beds!

 

Best vacation spot: California because it is so diverse in temperature and terrain. San Diego is my favorite spot.

 

Best way to relax: A quiet place

 

Childhood aspiration: I wanted to become a Catholic nun.

 

Favorite book: Jesus Calling Devotion by Sarah Young

 

Favorite food: McDonald’s French fries

 

Favorite kind of music: Sacred and gospel

 

Favorite movie: “Annie” (2014)

 

Favorite thing to do: Taking photos of nature and people

 

Favorite way to relax: Spending time in solitude

 

Guilty pleasure: Eating candy

 

Habit I want to quit: Eating candy

 

Hidden talent: Decorating and photography

 

Hobbies: Painting ceramic Christmas villages

 

Oddest thing on my desk: An ice cream scooper

 

Proudest moment: I am still waiting for that moment.

 

Strangest thing I’ve done: I laid in a crawl space of a military plane and watched the mid-air refueling process.

 

Strangest thing I’ve ever eaten: Rabbit

Brandi Phelps

Brandi Phelps

Lead Custodian
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My family:  I have a big family mostly living here in town.

 

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: I love my co-workers and members of the church.

  

Hometown:  Macomb, IL

  

Best childhood memoryFishing with my grandpa at Spring Lake.

 

Favorite Bible verse: "The Lord is my strength and shield.  I trust him with all my heart.  He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy." Psalm 28:7 

Favorite book: The Notebook

Favorite food: Everything! (Except liver and brussell sprouts)

Favorite movies: Finding Nemo and most Disney movies

Favorite vacation spot: too hard to choose--I like Alaska, Mexico and Arizona

 

Habit I want to quit: Passing judgement on others

Hidden Talent: NOT singing in the shower

Hobby: Taking care of animals

Must-have guilty pleasure: Food

 

Proudest Moment: Watching my son Jacob graduate.

 

Way to relax: Watch TV, or go for a walk around our lake.

Weirdest thing I've eaten: octopus

What I do in my free time: work around the farm

What I wanted to be when I grew up: I never have grown up yet.... ;)

 

Tammy Powers

Tammy Powers

Secretary
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What I love about Wesley Church: The people are friendly and encouraging.

 

Hometown: Belleville, Illinois

 

Education: B.A., Greenville College

 

Family: Husband, Dennis, and sons Mike and John

 

Favorite Bible verse: I Corinthians 13

 

Best childhood memory:  Playing at a park near our house

 

Best vacation spot: Durham, North Carolina

 

Best way to relax: Walking in nature

 

Childhood aspiration: Meteorologist

 

Favorite book: Bible

 

Favorite food: Spaghetti

 

Favorite kind of music: ‘70s

 

Favorite movie: The Christmas Box

 

Favorite thing to do: Spend time with my children and grandchildren

 

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate

 

Habit I want to quit: Eating junk food

 

Hobby: Cross-stitch

 

Oddest thing on my desk: Vacuum cleaner made of candy

 

Proudest moments: Births of my children

 

Strangest thing I’ve done: Ridden a camel

Catherine Swanson

Catherine Swanson

Director of Wesley Ringers

Education: 

Associate of Arts, Music, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois 

Bachelor of Science, Physical and Health Education; minor, Music, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 

Master of Arts, Music Education and Conducting, Western Illinois University

  

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: The friendliness of staff and members, and the varied programs in spirituality, education, outreach and service

 

Hometown: Roselle Park, New Jersey

 

Family:

  • Older brother, Brooke (deceased)
  • Younger brother, Bruce Ostrander, who lives in upper New York state with his wife, Shirley
  • Four children: 
    • Bonnie is married and lives in Tucson with her three children
    • David graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in computer science. He works at IBM in Tucson. He tandem-cycled in the London Paralympic Games in 2012, and he took me with him!
    • Michael was in the Army, and he got his B.S. in chemistry at WIU. He works as a supervisor at Valspar Paints. He has one daughter and a son due in January 2017. He lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
    • Sarah graduated from WIU, and is an investigator for the FBI. She’s married and lives in Tucson with her two children. 

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 27

 

Favorite books: Mysteries and historic novels 

 

Favorite food: Yes! (especially dark chocolate and raspberries) 

 

Favorite movie: “On Golden Pond” 

 

Favorite vacation: Camping, especially near water 

 

Habit I want to quit: Putting things off 

 

Hidden talent: I’m not sure because it’s so well-hidden! 

 

Proudest moment: When a picture was taken on Easter Sunday 2015. All four children, their spouses and all six grandchildren were together at a wonderful potluck picnic in the park. I took time to sit back and watch them interact and thank my Lord for all of His blessings.   

 

Must-have guilty pleasure: Naps 

 

Strangest thing I have done: I sat strapped in the doorway of a small airplane while skydivers jumped out past me and I watched their parachutes open. Beautiful! 

 

Way to relax: Listen to music 

 

What I do in my free time: Knit, read, sew, play the piano 

 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: a mother and a teacher who was happy and at peace

Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson

Director of Music
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Education

  • Bachelor of Music degree, University of Louisville
  • Master of Music, degree, University of Louisville
  • Advanced study, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Associate professor of music, Western Illinois University

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: The people and the opportunity to make beautiful music in praise of God

 

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

 

Family:  I’m single and have no siblings. 

 

Favorite Bible verse: I Corinthians 13:1

Favorite book:  Whatever is on my Kindle right now!

Favorite food:  Chocolate

Favorite movies:  Quiz Show, The Blind Side, Sunset Boulevard, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Favorite vacation spot:   Anywhere in Kentucky

 

Habit I want to quit:   Procrastination

Hidden talent:   I’m an excellent parallel parker

Proudest moment:  Winning the Norman Treigle Memorial Prize in 1992 (a singing competition)

Oddest thing on my desk:   Pencil holder made from an old organ pipe

Hobby:   Genealogy

Must-have guilty pleasures:  Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance

Strangest thing I have done:  I once had to play for a service at a Jewish temple where the service was in either Russian or Hebrew. The bulletin was printed in Cyrillic or Hebrew.

Way to relax:   Snuggling with a blanket while reading or watching a movie, with my dog lying on the blanket to anchor it

What I do in my free time:   Read and watch whole seasons of TV on Netflix

What I wanted to be when I grew up:   A teacher


 

 



Address: 1212 W. Calhoun Street, Macomb, IL 61455-1299     Email: office@macombwesleyumc.com      Phone: (309) 833-2153