The Communications Ministry Team focuses and guides the communication ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Its role includes both the publication and production of a monthly newspaper, The Current; the design, support and maintenance of the conference website,; video and audio production and distribution and producing interpretative and communication materials that facilitate the vision and mission of the annual conference through collaboration with the ministry areas of the conference. The team also resources local churches with training, marketing and consulting services while leading the conference in using new and emerging technologies. The Communications Ministry Team provides a connectional relationship between the conference and United Methodist Communications.

Professionally, Communications Ministry Team members continue to hone their skills through membership in the United Methodist Association of Communicators and Religion Communicators Council.

The Communications Team also is responsible for the United Media Resource Center (UMRC), a lending library with resources to support the various ministries of the IGRC. The Resource Center contains a variety of resources for pastors, Sunday School teachers, committee members, small groups, youth groups and children's ministries as well as resources for personal spiritual growth. There is no rental fee to borrow resources; the only cost to churches is mailing items back to the center.

  • Paul Black


    Communication Ministries

    GC Delegate - Laity

    1st Elected -- Delegation Co-Chair

    (217) 529-2824

  • Kim Halusan

    Communication Ministries

    Graphic Designer and Assistant Editor of The Current

    (217) 529-3158

  • Kenyon Reed


    Communication Ministries

    Conference Archivist

    (618) 242-2817

  • Bob Schafer

    Communication Ministries

    Video Production Manager

    (217) 529-3018

  • Doug Stone

    Communication Ministries

    Print and Mailroom Manager

    (217) 529-3267

  • Michele Willson

    Communication Ministries

    Communications Ministry Specialist Annual Conference Event Coordinator

    (217) 529-3122