Wesley United Methodist Church

Growing in Faith, Transforming Lives, and Creating Disciples for Jesus the Christ

Staff

JuilePastor Julie Smith–  was ordained in 2010 as an Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Pastor Julie was appointed to Wesley in 2013 having previously served 5 churches in Southern Illinois.  She has been married to Joe Schripsema for 25 years. They have two daughters, Frankie Ann and Lyndsay Joe. Pastor Julie has a passion for the LORD that is expressed in Bible based sermons and a desire for gospel justice of grace throughout God’s Kingdom. Her vision for Wesley is to strengthen those already in the community of Wesley UMC and to equip servants leaders to go into the community as disciples to reach out to the larger communities of Bradley, Kankakee and Bourbonnais to make disciples for Jesus the Christ. Email Pastor Julie

Jo Dubree– Administrative Assistant. Jo and her husband, Wayne, became members of Bradley Wesley in 2008 after retiring and returning “home” from Hillside, IL. She has one son, Troy (Londa) Baldwin and two step-daughters, Christine (Tim) Bagby and Jennifer (Richard) Harris and three grandchildren (Evan Tran, Sarah Womack and Heather Harris). Jo graduated from BBCHS in 1962 along with her husband and twin sister, Judy. Email Jo

 

haroldHarold Huber– Bell Choir Director. Harold is now retired but was an area band director for 40 years. For 15 years he was the conductor of the Kankakee Municipal Band. Over 35 years ago he organized the church bell choir. In August of 1968, he married Kathy in what is now the fellowship hall. They have a son, Mike, and a granddaughter, Mya.

 

Relda Kelly– Parish Nurse. In the fall of 1997, Relda attended the Westberg Symposium for Parish Nurses and realized that Parish Nursing embodied the reasons she became a nurse. She subsequently completed the PN course through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (now Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing) and started the Parish Nurse ministry at Wesley. In addition to her role here, Relda is the co-founder of the Kankakee Parish Nurse Network, a support group for local PNs. Other interests include family genealogy, and visiting with her children and grandchildren. Relda and her husband Earl, “escape” to Disney World whenever they can! Email Relda

David Haskins– Sound technician. Dave became involved with Wesley’s MYF Youth group when he received an invitation from Carolyn in 1960. They met at BBCHS as Juniors. They were married in 1962 in what is now our Fellowship Hall.  He joined the Church in 1964 when he learned the U.S. AIR FORCE was transferring him to North Africa. Dave and Carolyn taught 1st & 2nd Grade Sunday School for 14 years. Being an usher since 1968, he has been Head Usher for the last 10 years. He has served on Education, Finance, Worship, Trustees and Memorial committee work areas. Dave was an offering counter for 40 years and had Carolyn as a partner at that job for 25 of those. As a trustee he was appointed Chairman of trustees for one term of 3 years. With the introduction of our new media station, which includes projection and sound system, Dave accepted the responsibility for the Audio portion and is currently training others to becoming involved in the sound system as well. Dave has also been shepherding and training our Acolytes for “about” 22 years. Dave and Carolyn have 2 sons, Scott and Mike, 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.

kayKay Fisher– Media Specialist. Kay has been preparing the media presentations for worship since 2007. As well as being an active member of Wesley, Kay is a Certified Lay Servant, Sunday School teacher, the leader of the Third Thursday Supper Club and the Wesley Prayer Shawl Ministry, and involved with United Methodist Women. Kay has  three grown children – Sarah, Charlie, and Eric – and three grandsons, Zachary, Isaac, and Noah. Kay enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting, and playing on the computer. Kay invites anyone interested in learning more about the use of technology in worship at Wesley to email Kay.

Jonathan Wisdom – Music Director. Jonathan, a current student at Olivet Nazarene University, studies Music and Pastoral Ministry. Beginning at his home church in Missouri, for years Jonathan has been the “Church Pianist” wherever he has been. He now spends his time working with Wesley’s choir and playing the piano and organ on Sunday mornings. Much of his free time is spent reading or accompanying university students for their vocal or instrumental lessons. He has also spent time as an accompanist for the Orpheus Choir at Olivet. Previously he spent time teaching private vocal and piano lessons as well as accompanying multiple choirs in the St. Louis, MO area. Jonathan has a passion for God’s work and loves to share that passion with other. His most recent accomplishment is to start the track toward ordination in the United Methodist Church.