Meet Our District Superintendent
I received my theological education and my Master's of Divinity degree from a consortium of theological schools including Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Jane has a B.A. in Music Education and Organ and completed all of her class work for a masters in music at SIU-C, but ministry called us elsewhere before completing the degree.
Beginning on 23 September 1973 I served Centenary United Methodist Church of New Albany, IN as assistant pastor the three years I was in seminary. I wrote and delivered the first of many first person character sermons while at Centenary. Since then I have presented sermons as Job, King David, the Apostle Andrew, the prophets Hosea and Hosea and about thirty others. I have also dressed in a night-shirt and night-cap, carried a chamber pot and candle and told "bed-time" like sermons on Jonah, Esther, Ecclesiastes and others as the character Uncle Ehud.
Upon graduation I accepted a position at First Baptist Church in Murphysboro, IL (an American Baptist Church), and served there as associate pastor and interim pastor in the years 1976-1980. While there I had my first published sermon printed in "Christian Ministry." I enjoyed the church, but my background was United Methodist and then District Superintendent Bill Lewis gave me the opportunity to be a part of the Southern Illinois Conference in 1980. I was appointed to First United Methodist Church of Grayville for fourteen years. During our Grayville years I assisted with the Presbyterian Church by serving communion and sharing worship services, took part in community plays, served as a substitute school bus driver, and was an EMT for the Grayville and Carmi EMS Departments.
Jane was the church organist and taught piano. She still teaches and tunes pianos and accompanies kids during school band contests. I was appointed to Saint Paul and Chauncy United Methodist Churches in Olney in September of 1994 and served there until July of 1998 when I was appointed to Fairfield First where I served until 31 June 2011. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer appointed me to the cabinet of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference as a superintendent effective 1 July 2011.
We enjoy hiking, the water just about anywhere and scuba diving. We made our 17th trip to Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles last September and vacationed in Hawaii in January this year. After having experienced warm, clear ocean water a few times Jane gave up local diving even when it isn't cold and iced over. Pity. I also enjoy biking and have used a bike for parish visits and exercise for years.
We will have been married thirty-eight years on 4 August 2011--and Jane remains thirty-nine years old. Go figure. We enjoy ministry and worship in the United Methodist Church and look forward to both--now and in the years to come.
The LaMoine River District office is located in the Grace United Methodist Church building. Our office information is located at the left hand side of this website at all times. This district is the largest geographic district of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. The district is bounded by the Mississippi River on the west, Illinois Routes 78 and 4 on the east, US Route 136 across the north, and the Jersey/Madison county line and Illinois Route 108 on the south. This western curve of the state has a rich tradition of United Methodism with heritage that includes spiritual leaders like pioneer circuit riders Peter Cartwright and Peter Akers.
There are seven ministry agencies of the conference and denomination based in the La Moine River District. Chaddock, a school, home, and outreach to youth and their families in Quincy; MacMurray College in Jacksonville, a four-year liberal arts college; Sunset, a retirement and nursing facility in Quincy; Jensen Woods, a camping and retreat facility near Mt. Sterling; Nueva Vida, a Hispanic/Latino outreach ministry in Beardstown; Jacksonville Deaf Faith Community, a congregation for deaf and multipi-handicapped persons in Jacksonville; and the Commission on Archives and History of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference located in Pfeiffer Library at MacMurray College.