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Fellheimer Trust Meeting Thursday, Jul 7 @ 10:30 AM
UMM @ Cathy's Friday, Jul 8 @ 7:00 AM
Marian Swisher's 90th Birthday Party Saturday, Jul 9 @ 2:00 PM
Mission Trip Sunday, Jul 10 - All Day

Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Scott Grulke

Scott Grulke

Senior Pastor
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Education: BA Speech Southeast Mo State, MDiv Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, DMin United Theological Seminary

Family: Our Daughter Sara is in Chicago. Our Daughter Rachel is married to Andy with our grandson Liam and granddaughter Angela.
Hometown: Born in Chicago. Therefore I was predestined as a Cub Fan.

Best childhood memories:  Life as a P.K. in Chicago, Markham, DeKalb, Crete

Favorite Bible verse:  Mark 4:35-41 (41): "And they were filled with great awe and said to one another: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him.")

Favorite book:  The Wounded Healer- Henri Nouwen, The Agnostic Christian- Leslie Weatherhead, Most of the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss)

Favorite movies: Young Frankenstein, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Hobby:  The enjoyment and inspiration of all kinds of music 

Proudest moments: Witnessing the birth of our daughters and witnessing the adulthood of our daughters 

Way to relax:  Blue sky, beach, and a book with Kathy at my side. Is there another answer? 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: A rock star drummer or an animator for Disney
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 vacation spot: Laguna Beach, California.


Hobby:  Gardening, prayer


Proudest moment:   When I became a mother


Way to relax:   listening to Spirit-filled Christian Music.


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


Other Staff

Organized Alphabetically by Last Name


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!

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

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.... ;)


Catherine Swanson

Catherine Swanson

Director of Wesley Ringers


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



  • 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

Tammy Powers

Tammy Powers

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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

Ethan Ivey

Ethan Ivey

Director of Praise Kids
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Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2012) and Master of Music in Choral Conducting (2014) both from WIU.

Family: Single with no family in Macomb. Both Parents and Five Siblings live in or near Plainfield, Illinois.

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois.

Best childhood memories: Participating in Choir / Theatre activities all through middle school and high school.

Favorite Bible verse:  Psalm 9:2 - I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Favorite book: Wyrm by Mark Fabi, Harry Potter Series, Artemis Fowl Series, Lost Years of Merlin Series, The Chronicles of Narnia Series, Anything by John Green. 

Favorite food: Sushi and Chinese food. 

Favorite movies: Kung Fu Panda, Dead Poets Society, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, August Rush, Coach Carter, Stand and Deliver, Shawshank Redemption, Up.

Favorite vacation spot: Summer Games Done Quick every Summer. Otherwise, anywhere as long as I'm with cool people!

Habit I want to quit: Stacking things in piles instead of putting them away.

Hidden talent: I know about 100 digits of Pi.

Hobby: Video gaming and various Trading Card games.

Must-have guilty pleasure: Taco Bell

Proudest moment: Receiving the Gene Michael Goad scholarship in 2009. 

Strangest thing I have done: Attempted to learn how to ride a unicycle.

Way to relax: Listen to choral music, podcasts, or rewatch familiar shows on Netflix that I don't have to pay too much attention to. 

Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Epic Meal Time Tacos (With lots of unique ingredients)

What I wanted to be when I grew up: I have always wanted to be a teacher!

Maureen Nation

Maureen Nation


Education:  Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois State University;  BS in Education from Western Illinois University


Family:  my husband John


Hometown:  Canton, IL


Favorite Bible verse:  Romans 8:  38-39


Favorite foods:  dark chocolate, shrimp, sushi


Favorite movies:  It's a Wonderful Life; The Green Mile


Favorite vacation spot:  Hawaii


Hobbies:  gardening and reading crime-mystery books


Must-have guilty pleasure:  cheesecake and chocolate


Ways to relax:  listening to music; spending time with our dog and cats


Weirdest thing I've eaten:  shark fin soup


What I wanted to be when I grew up:  a veterinarian

Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson

Director of Music
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Bachelor of Music (University of Louisville), Master of Music (University of Louisville), and Advanced study (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

What I love about Wesley United Methodist Church: Working with our caring, devoted pastors and our incredibly talented music staff and volunteers.

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Family: Two aunts, lots of cousins, and an enormous, loving chosen family!

Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8

Favorite book: I'm a history nerd. I love all the David McCullough biographies! 

Favorite food: Chinese food, sushi, dark chocolate, coffee

Favorite movies: The filmed version of Hamilton. Dark Victory, Mildred Pierce ( I love those heroines in shoulder pads!)

Favorite vacation spot:  New York City, Washington DC

Habit I want to quit:   Procrastination

Hidden talent:   I’m an excellent parallel parker

Proudest moment:  Anytime one of my students performs!

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

Hobby:   Genealogy

Way to relax:   Snuggling with a blanket while reading or watching TV

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

Jason Hawkins

Jason Hawkins

Praise Band Director
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What I Love About Wesley Church: The music! :)


Education: PhD in Music Education


Family: Wife, Laura, and two daughters, Hannah and Olivia


Hometown: Stillman Valley, IL


Best childhood memory: Singing in the Illinois All-State Choir


Favorite Bible verse: Anything from Psalms that makes good song lyrics


Favorite book: Most John Grisham books


Favorite food: Pulled pork


Favorite movies: Most of the Marvel movies


Favorite vacation spot: Disney


Habit I want to quit: Staying up too late


Hidden talent: Car repair


Hobby: Home renovation


Must-have guilty pleasure: Pepperoni pizza


Proudest moment: Conducting a choir at Carnegie Hall


Strangest thing I have done: Making up a grocery scavenger hunt game on a date with my wife-to-be in Thompson Food Basket—now The Crossing—and forcing her to play (Laura answered this question, but she also listed 12 other weird things I’ve done). ;-)


Way to relax: Watching TV


Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Octopus


What I wanted to be when I grew up: Doctor

Anita Bigsby

Anita Bigsby

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Family- my Mom and 2 cats (Leona & Gracie) and my dog (Rocko)


Hometown- Roseville, IL


Education- Graduated in Roseville.


Favorite Childhood memory- mowing cemeteries with my Mom and Stepdad.


Favorite Book- "The Best of Me", Nicholas Sparks


Favorite Way to Relax- go walking or sit and hold Leona


What I Wanted to Be When I Grew up- veterinarian or caregiver


Habit I want to quit- shopping at Wal-Mart


Hidden talent- can find anything you need at Wal-Mart in 2 minutes.


Favorite Bible verse:  John 3:16


Favorite food- pizza


Favorite vacation spot- the river in Gladstone with my family

Kim Woods

Kim Woods

Discipleship Director
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Education: BA in English, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, Masters of Arts in Christian Education, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Family: Spouse, Bennett Woods (Pastor at Industry UMC), plus our two cats, River & Archer

Hometown: Born in Peoria, grew up in Decatur & Mt. Zion respectively 

Best childhood memories: Climbing trees, riding my bike, and reading books

Favorite Bible verse: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love." - John 15:9

Favorite book: Far too many to count, but I love the works of C.S. Lewis 

Favorite food: It's a toss-up between sushi & spaghetti, but please don't combine the two!

Favorite movies: Hamilton, basically any Marvel movie, and any Star Trek:TNG film or Star Wars film (okay, maybe not the prequels . . . )

Favorite vacation spot: Galena, IL for an in-state trip, Sanibel, Florida for a longer trip

Habit I want to quit:  Staying up too late watching videos on YouTube

Hidden talent: Getting my picture taken for publications (I'm allegedly photogenic, especially in Methodist circles)

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, practicing my baritone ukulele

Must-have guilty pleasure:  Coffee or going to Six Flags

Proudest moments: Graduating from seminary & speaking on the floor of General Conference 

Strangest thing I have done: Having an impromptu picnic with a cat on an anniversary trip 

Way to relax:  Reading or watching YouTube videos while curled up on the couch with my cats

Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Alligator, which does taste similarly to chicken  

What I wanted to be when I grew up:  Teacher or Author



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