Meet Nic Showalter 

 Born and raised in Taylorville, IL he earned a degree in business administration (along with a minor in political science) at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington IL (1983.) His master of divinity degree (M. Div.) was awarded at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL (1988.)

 Nic is married to Jill (Shirey) from Danville, IL. Jill holds a nursing degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and has professional experience in medical/surgical, dermatology, home health care, phlebotomy, geriatric, clinical family and pediatric nursing and has served as a clinic coordinator. She enjoys flower gardening and scrapbooking as time allows.

 Nic and Jill are blessed with 2 adult daughters: Hannah, and Sarah. They are the proud grandparents of Elijah.



 Nic’s greatest joys in ministry are in developing and nurturing growing relationships both within the congregation and in the community. He believes that as disciples of Jesus Christ we are called not just to build the church (but even more importantly) to build the Kingdom of God in the communities where our congregations and their people are in relationship.  He values the need and opportunity of a local congregation to extend itself into the community rather than waiting for the community to be drawn to the church. His faith was nurtured as a child in traditional worship style in a traditional church. And he is challenged and open to the ways in which God may be moving and calling us as disciples in unexpected and non-traditional ways.


He has been blessed to serve these congregations: Maroa UMC (2013-2017) Villa Grove UMC (2003-2013) Carmi First UMC (1997-2003) Onarga UMC (1992-1997) Danville – St James UMC (1988-1992); Batestown UMC and Union Corner UMC (1986-1988) and Glencoe Community Church (1985-1986).



Nic’s interest in landscape photography draws him and Jill to scenic locations near and far where they enjoy discovering the affirmation of God’s power in both the simplest and the most overwhelming beauty of creation. Since 2008, Nic has served as coordinator and instructor of a 5-day Colorado landscape and wildlife photography workshop.

 The following is a list of some of Nic’s involvement beyond the local church:

  • Liaison Representative of Illinois Great Rivers Conference ,University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (1989 - 1990)
  • Member, Little Wabash District Committee on Ministry (1998 - 2003)
  • Member, Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Ordained Ministry  (1989 - 2000)
  • Director, Illinois Great Rivers Conference New Pastor’s Orientation, 1993 - 2000
  • Chair of the Division of Elders, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry  (1996 – 2000)
  • Executive Director and Board Chairperson Southeastern Illinois Pastoral Counseling Centers (2000 - 2003)
  • Member, United Methodist Village Board of Directors (1999 - 2000)
  • Member, Evergreen Acres Board of Directors (1997 - 2003)
  • Mentor to United Methodist Pastors (1989 - 2017)
  • Member, White County Medical Center Ethics Committee (2000 - 2003)
  • Registrar, Embarras River District Committee on Ministry (2003 – 2005)
  • Chairperson, Villa Grove School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee (2006-2007)
  • Member, Illinois Great Rivers Conference Committee on Investigation (2004 – 2008)
  • Chair, Iroquois River District Committee on Ministry (2005-2013)
  • Volunteer, Rural Grace Food Pantry (2011-2013)
  • Chair, Sangamon River District Committee on Episcopacy (2013-2017)
  • IHSA Certified Softball/Baseball Umpire
  • Certified Master Naturalist


There are four 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; and the Commission on Archives and History of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference located in Pfeiffer Library at MacMurray College