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KATHLEEN BASHEM - DirectOR OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Kathleen is a graduate of Monmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies, theatre arts and speech communication. She and her husband Mark are the proud parents of Evan, Walker and Eleanor. She is an avid knitter and crocheter and enjoys charity projects. After 13 years of guest teaching in the Galesburg school district, Kathleen is excited to join the Aledo UMC team. She is looking forward to meeting you and your family and helping the children of Aledo UMC grow in Christ.
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Ruth is semi-retired after her career as a Medical Technologist and Laboratory Manager. She has three married daughters and six grandchildren. At AUMC, she is actively engaged in leading the Caring Hearts teams, Wednesday Night Fellowship meals, and other ministries. "I love being able to work with others for the common goal of being the 'Hands and Feet of Jesus' in our community".
I am Pastor Dave Schultz and as of July 1st, I will serve at the pleasure of Bishop Frank Beard as pastor of Aledo United Methodist Church. It will be my fifth appointment in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
I am married. My wife, Candice, and I were both raised in Milwaukee. In fact, Candice is my high school sweetheart and this April 3, we will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary. Shortly after we married, we moved to Minneapolis where we both attended North Central Bible College. In 1980, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Pastoral Care. The college is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Although I was raised in the American Lutheran Church, I spent twenty years in the Assemblies, including thirteen years as pastor in Collinsville, Illinois; Garland, Texas; and finally, in Geneseo. Candice is an immensely talented individual, most recently serving as the executive director for Main Street Orion. Together we are the proud parents of three sons, Jonathan, Jordan and Justin.
My last position in the Assemblies of God was a part-time one, so since I enjoy writing, I supplement-ed my pastoral work as the editor of the Cambridge Chronicle. In 1993, I left the Assemblies, and began serving as the interim pastor of First Baptist Church, Cambridge, while waiting for my first appointment in the UMC.
I received that first appointment in 1994, becoming the pastor of Mazon-Verona and serving there for four years. In 1998, I received my Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. Also, in 1998, I was appointed as the directing pastor of a five-church parish headquartered in Griggsville. Four years later, two more churches were added to that parish. Along with my other pastoral responsibilities, I also served as the hospice chaplain for Blessing Hospital’s Pike County office.
In 2006, I was appointed to Orion where I was able to lead the congregation through a building and renovation program as well as have an impact on the church’s youth and missions’ programs. Currently I am nearing the end of a Doctor of Ministry program at Dubuque Theological Seminary.
NATALIE NELSON- NURSERY DIRECTOR
In the fall of 2012, Debbie took on the mantle of Office Administrator here at AUMC- her family's home church. She says, "It is an honor and privilege to work for our church family. This is my 'retirement' job, and I love it!" Before becoming Office Administrator, Deb spent 20 years as a self-employed cosmetologist, as well as the bookkeeper for her husband's plumbing business. Her family includes her husband Stan, 3 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren! One of her favorite Bible verses is Zephaniah 3:17, "For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." What an awesome God we serve!
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After 35 years as an elementary classroom teacher, Mike has entered his “refirement” years. Since June 2011, he has served as Director of Worship. He leads the praise band – Connection, plays in the praise band – Forgiven, and sings in the Chancel Choir. He enjoys singing, playing guitar, and volunteering for Mercer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Mike and his wife, Barb, live in Aledo. They celebrate four grown children, all married, and twelve grandchildren. Mike says, “I am blessed by this opportunity to serve the Lord and a loving, supportive church family. I give thanks for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Sing praise and live in the love of Jesus!" Email Mike: email@example.com
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Aledo, IL 61231
Natalie lives in Aledo with her husband and two kids. She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She is currently in her 9th year teaching special education. She earned her Master's Degree from Western Illinois University in May, 2019. She feels blessed to have been provided the opportunity to touch the lives of our youngest church goers and share God's love with them as the Nursery Director.
STEPHANIE MOSLEY- NURSERY ASSISTANT
Stephanie is a Senior at Mercer County High School. She lives in Seaton with her grandma and weiner dog, Lucy. She enjoys singing to kids, making crafts, and watching how-to videos. She is currently learning how to sew. She enjoys helping the kids in the nursery grow and smile.
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