Our Pastors

Pastors Carol and Mike began as co-pastors at Kinmundy UMC and Wesley UMC in July of 2024.

Pastor Carol grew up in a small town in North Central Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas, earning her BA in Human Development and Family Life, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Then Carol moved to central Illinois where she lived and worked for about 30 years while she raised her family. In addition to teaching and directing preschool, Carol was blessed to teach Sunday School and VBS. She was involved in the Walk to Emmaus, she served on many church committees and teams, and she is a trained Stephen Minister.

Someone once told Carol that her name means a happy little song of praise, and so she has attempted to live up to her name. While Carol readily admits that she is only an average singer, she believes in making a joyful noise unto the Lord, so Carol has been part of choirs and praise bands most of her adult life. Pastor Carol loves verse 2 in Isaiah 35, which tells us that when the Lord comes, there will be an abundance of singing and flowers and joy. That sounds pretty great to Carol, so when she is not singing, you will often find her out in her garden, up to her elbows in an abundance of flowers and joy. (And dirt!) And sometimes singing out there, too.

Pastor Mike grew up in Country Club Hills, a South suburb of Chicago at the crossroads of I-57 and I-80. He moved to Central Illinois in 1992 where he raised his 2 kids, and began his first career in IT and eventually earning a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bradley University in Peoria in 2003. Through this time in his life, Mike was an active church member, extending music ministry to prisons, Emmaus retreats, and recovery ministries. For years, he also built games for the church carnival. Though Mike likes playing anything with strings (including mandolin, banjo, violin, bass, and electric guitar) most often he plays an acoustic guitar. Mike still works part-time for Caterpillar supporting the accounting team for Cat Reman and is appointed ¼ time to Kinmundy and Wesley churches. When you don’t catch him behind a computer keyboard or holding a guitar, you could often find him behind the soundboard at church.

When Mike came courting Carol, she reminded him that she was called to seminary to pursue vocational ministry. Mike understood and supported this choice. So for Mike and Carol’s honeymoon, they went to Asbury Theological Seminary to register. While there, Pastor Mike began to realize he was called to ministry, too. They began school in August 2017, and earned their Masters of Divinity degrees together in August 2022. During seminary, they began serving in and eventually leading the hospitality team at the annual New Room Conference. They have recently become involved with hospitality for the Awakening Project Conference, as well.

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