Our Staff

 

 

Rev. Randy Myers

Pastor

On July 1, 2017, the Rev. Randy Myers began his pastorate of Clinton United Methodist Church.  Randy and his wife, Renee, come to Clinton having previously served Blue Mound United Methodist Church in Blue Mound, IL.

 

Born in Belleville, IL (1962), Randy was raised in Decatur where his great grandfather and grandfather worked at A.E. Staley company for a combined total of 80 years.  In 1973, the family moved first to Oklahoma and then to Arizona where his father served as a Pharmacist-Practitioner in the USPHS, Indian Health Service. In 1979, Randy returned to Illinois where he completed a B.A. and M.A. in Biblical Literature at Olivet Nazarene University (1979-84).  After service as an associate pastor in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee, he went to attend and work as an intern at Bresee Institute for Urban Ministry (Azusa Pacific University) where he served the homeless population who attended Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene.  Following graduate studies there he returned to Nashville where he worked in non-profit organizations serving among the homeless, youth, and families in the housing projects.  His ministry was often bi-vocational and he has worked as a security guard, a factory worker, a truck driver, a garbage collector, a college instructor, and a substitute teacher.  Originally ordained in the Church of the Nazarene (1987) Randy has, in addition, worked with and in a number of religious communities including United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Holy Name Catholic Church (director of Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen), and Mennonite-Brethren (with Christian Peacemaker Teams).  He was on the steering committee with Room-In-the-Inn a program which houses homeless with communities of faith and a founding member and worker at the Guest House, a detox and recovery center for homeless persons with substance abuse issues.

Always Wesleyan he has found home, ministry and calling within the United Methodist Church in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.  He has served as an instructor for two consecutive years with the CLM Course of Study in the Sangamon River District.

In addition to community and ecumenical work, Rev. Myers has served a number of congregations ranging from rural to urban, small, family-size to congregations with staff.  For four years, he was chaplain and disability services coordinator at MacMurray College (a United Methodist-related college) in Jacksonville, IL.  Randy has done post-graduate work through Iliff School of Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary.  He is also trained in community organizing through the Midwest Academy for Community Organizing.

Randy and Renee are parents of Cori (31), Lacey (28), Morgan (23), Lukas (21), Lennon (16), and Mitchell (6).  They are also grandparents to Izick (12) and Kwintyn (6).  While serving Blue Mound United Methodist Church they restarted the youth group, initiated a ministry to community children (Kids for Christ), helped start a community garden, and began a community meal called Extended Table, a weekly “dinner church” experience gathering reaching the “unchurched” of the community.  Randy has maintained a weekly column in the Blue Mound Leader during his five years in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Schutte

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

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Christy Webb
Administrative Assistant

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Edd Powers

Director of Music Ministries

Edd has been on the staff of Clinton United Methodist Church since 1976. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Illinois State University, and his Masters in Music from Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago.  Edd is also the music teacher for the Maroa – Forsyth School District.

Edd lives in Bloomington and is the proud father of four children — Kristi (Justin) Goble, Kelli, Luc (Kara), and Alex.  He is also a super proud Grandfather to Chloe and Cooper.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeannette Fought

Nursery Director

Jeannette is a member of Clinton United Methodist Church and a lifetime resident of Clinton, Illinois.  Jeannette and her husband, Patrick, have been blessed with three daughters — Kaitlyn, Emily and Madelyn.  As well as our Nursery Director, Jeannette is also employed with the Clinton School District as a Bus Driver and also at the Clinton YMCA as part of the childcare staff.

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Soberalski

Maintenance/Janitor

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