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Fellheimer Trust Thursday, Sep 28 @ 9:30 AM
Choir Practice Thursday, Sep 28 @ 7:00 PM
UMM at Cathy's Friday, Sep 29 @ 7:00 AM
Contemporary Worship Sunday, Oct 1 @ 8:30 AM

Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Scott Grulke

Scott Grulke

Senior Pastor
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

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


Anita Bigsby

Anita Bigsby

[email protected] | Phone: 309-833-2153

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

Jason Hawkins

Jason Hawkins

Praise Band Director

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

Bridget Huggins

Finance Manager
[email protected] | Phone: 309-833-2153

Family: My husband Brian and I have been married for 12 years and we have 3 children; Elly 10, Milly 5, and Rhys 4. 
Hometown: We live in Macomb
Best childhood memories: Spending weekends with my Grandma.
Favorite book: Little Women
Favorite food: If it's pie and it has fruit, it's my favorite.
Favorite movies: I love too many to pick, but my all time favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls and I Love Lucy.
Favorite vacation spot: Camping anywhere with my family.
Hobby: Camping, hiking, antique shopping and painting.
Must-have guilty pleasure: Coffee!!
Proudest moment: Not really a moment, but I'm most proud of my children.
Way to relax: Movie nights with my family and drinking coffee on my porch.

Ethan Ivey

Ethan Ivey

Director of Praise Kids

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!

Nancy  Leigh

Nancy Leigh

Director of Wesley Chimes

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

Tammy Powers

Tammy Powers

[email protected] | Phone: (309) 833-2153

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


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

Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson

Director of Music


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



Address: 1212 W. Calhoun Street, Macomb, IL 61455-1299     Email: [email protected]      Phone: (309) 833-2153