Our Staff

Rev. Darrell Howard

Darrell and his wife Treva have lived in Clinton since 1989. They joined the Clinton United Methodist Church (CUMC) family and became members of CUMC church in 1998. Prior to that they were active members in the Sumner United Methodist church and Union Chapel Church in Sumner Illinois. They have two children. Daughter Brooke and husband Max Gibson live in Bloomington Illinois. Son Jason Howard and his wife Jean live in Plainfield Illinois. Two grandchildren Luke and Katie also have been a blessing in their lives.

Pastor Darrell Howard has been in pastoral ministry since 2010. Prior to that he was a certified lay speaker and served as a lay pastor in the Cumberland Presbyterian church from 2007 – 2010. From 2010 – 2018 he was appointed as pastor at Elkhart UMC for 8 years. During those 8 years he also served at Beason UMC for 6 years and New Holland UMC for 2 years. He served Long Creek and Dalton city churches for 1 year in 2018-2019. He was appointed to Clinton UMC on July 1, 2019.

Pastor Darrell was called to pastoral ministry in 1975 when he was 18 years old, but admits he dragged his feet for a while and finally answered the call in 2003 after a spiritual renewal. Pastor Darrell believes that any of us can be redeemed even after being disobedient to God’s call. Upon graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1979, Pastor Darrell worked in the Information Technology field until 2018. Pastor Darrell feels that his life is more fulfilled since he is now obedient to the Lord in the call to ministry. God is good all the time.

Words to live by:

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

(Philippians 3:12-14 NLT)

Edd Powers
Director of Music Ministries

Edd has been the Director of Music at Clinton United Methodist Church since 1976. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Illinois State University, and his Master of Music from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.  Edd is currently teaching music at Tri-Valley Elementary School. He has previously taught music at Illinois State University, Beason Elementary School and Maroa Forsyth School District. 

Edd lives in Bloomington and is the proud father of four children — Kristi (Justin) Goble, Kelli (Jeff) Robinette, Luc (Kara) Powers, and Alex (Samantha) Powers.  He is also a super proud grandfather to Chloe, Cooper, Piper, Presley, Charlie and Hank. 

Words to live by:

Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

United Methodist Hymnal, Dan Schutte, 1981 (Isaiah 6:8)
Elizabeth Cunningham
Administrative Assistant

Words to live by:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

(Galatians 5:22-25, NIV)
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 five children — Kaitlyn, Emily, Madelyn, Dane, & Douglas .  As well as our Nursery Director, Jeannette is also employed with the Clinton School District as a Bus Driver.

Ben McNeesCustodian/Maintenance

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6