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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.
Hello, I am Jessica Benson Thomas. I am 40 years old. Wife to David, mom to Jacob 18, Lexi 6 and Elli 4. I've been doing home daycare so I could be home with my girls the past couple years. I am happy to be serving in the AUMC nursery. I know how important it is for parents to feel comfortable leaving their babies!
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".
Susie has been a member of the church for 35 years. She has served as Jr. High Youth Leader, Director of Music and is now the Director of the Visitation Team. Susie is a retired Music Teacher and lives in Aledo.
Ashley Nicole Schmidt graduated from Knox College in 2017 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Creative Writing. She earned her Associates in Science from Carl Sandburg College in 2015. She has a somewhat clear thought of what she wants her future to hold and hopes she can continue to live her life for the Lord. One day, she plans on having her own family, but for now her cat Roman is all she needs. Ashley hopes and prays everyday that she can take her amazing title of Director of Families and Young Adults as far as she can and then some.
SUSIE KENNEY- DIRECTOR OF VISITATION
TAMI SWANK-HEVLAND- 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 cosmotologist, as well as the bookkeeper for her husband's plumbing business. Her family includes her husband Stan, 3 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and her first great-grandchild! 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!
Rev. Mark Harris- Directing Pastor
Rev. Mark is happily married to his high school sweetheart Joanne and they have 2 sons- Sam and Hunter. He is a fully ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in his 22nd year in the ministry. He began his ministry career with 7 years as the Associate Pastor at The Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, IL. He then served as the Directing Pastor at The St. Joseph United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, IL for 8 years before coming to Aledo in July of 2012. He graduated with Honors from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Acting and a Minor in Theater Business. He also graduated with Honors from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO with a Master's Degree (MDiv) in Theology. He has a passion for growing churches by helping people deepen their faith. He is a drummer as well as an actor, magician, juggler, singer, website designer, film maker and writer. (www.stickwithjesus.com)
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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. The 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!"
301 North College Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
I'm Tami Hevland. I'm married to Paul. We have 4 daughters, 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I am a CNA, working in Home Health Care for the last 8 years. I love serving my church by caring for the youngest generation.
JESSICA THOMAS- NURSERY ASSISTANT