Pastor Cathy graduated from Elmwood High in 1980 and Spoon River College of Nursing in 1983. She worked in Long Term Care facilities for 20 years with a wide range of positions including staff nursing, director of nursing and administrator. Her call to ministry came in 2003 while attending First United Methodist Church in Peoria. During an “Alpha” course offered for transferring members she rededicated her life to Christ. She and her husband Mike were so deeply moved by this course that they both became active in teaching and facilitating new members. Together they have taught over 30 courses. Pastor Cathy was asked to join the staff at First Church Peoria in 2004 to assist the Directing Pastor in developing a “lay” ministry for visiting members in the nursing home and homebound. After two years of writing curriculum, developing training, and working with surrounding communities, the ministry of Caring Hearts was born and remains active to this day.
In 2007 Pastor Cathy received her call to pastoral ministry and completed Local Pastor School in 2008. Her first appointment was in 2009 to First Church Peoria as an associate pastor. Madison Avenue UMC was added to that appointment as a 2 point charge in 2010. For the past 5 years she has served as pastor of Manito Community UMC. She graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology Course of Study in July of 2015. Pastor Cathy has served on the district nominating committee for 3 years and will begin serving on the district youth committee as well as the district committee on ministry in July of 2016.
She has experience in the areas of hospitality, congregational care, teaching of Disciple classes, Grief classes, and Alpha classes, Sunday School for all ages, Spiritual Gifts, Growth Group Leadership training, Stephen Ministry Leadership training, Policy development, budgeting and financial planning, preaching and leading worship. She has officiated weddings, performed funerals, baptisms and distributed Holy Communion. Her Spiritual Gifts include administration, mercy and teaching. She lives with her husband and 3 beagles in Peoria, Illinois. Her hobbies include gardening, going to the beach, exercising and going to movies.
Favorite Scripture- 1 John 4:4 (CEB) You are from God, little children, and you have defeated these people because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.