Rev. Grant Armstrong, Pastor
Pastor Grant is husband to Amy, and father to Lilli, Clara and Theo. He has been appointed to Rushville since July of 2014. Grant started off in broadcast journalism with a degree from Illinois State University and attended Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis for his Master of Divinity. He loves spending time with his family and sharing the love of Christ with people. Sometimes he does that while playing guitar and riding a motorcycle.
Teresa Boyd, Administrative Assistant
Teresa Boyd is the Administrative Assistant/Secretary since March 2009. Teresa has lived in Rushville since January 1974 and has three grown children. Jamie is in Alaska starting his 20th year in the Air Force and has a 6 year old daughter, Jana, who lives in Alabama. Jack is married to Louise, they have a 2 year old son, Oliver. Jack works with a sound and video company in Munster, Indiana. Jennifer is married to Joe who works at Pella in Macomb, while Jennifer works with special needs high school students in Monmouth. They live in Bushnell and have a 13 and 7 year old daughters, Mya and Matayla. In Teresa’s spare time she loves to work in her yard and flowers, sew and spend time with grandchildren, family and friends.
Mark Ross, Music Director
Mark graduated from Greenville College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in church music. While at Greenville he was a member of the college choir which toured all over the United States during spring break singing in worship services at various churches. He attended Western Illinois University and studied with Dr. Anita Werling where he received his master’s degree in Organ Performance in 1995. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his nephews and going to their ball games, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, and preparing for organ concerts.
Sheila Burton, Generations Adult Choir Director
Sheila has been a part of First UMC since the early 1970’s. She retired from teaching music for over 33 years, and resides with her husband, Attorney Charles Burton. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Bradley with certificates in both vocal and instrumental music with a minor in piano. In addition to her service with the choirs at First UMC, Sheila also contributes through committee leadership and United Methodist Women. She is an avid golfer, quilter and reader when it comes to relaxation. Sheila is a mother to Melissa Taylor (John) Heil, of Germantown, Ill. and Sam Taylor, deceased. She is the proud grandmother of Audrey (8), Trevor (6) and Thomas (2) Heil. Sheila’s mother, Hazel Gurnsey, is 91 and still living alone in Springfield.
Kay Divan, Cherub’s Song Pre-K through K Choir Director
Kay moved to Rushville in 1973. She and her husband Bob have 5 children: Vicki (Kevin) Anderson, Bobby ( Natalie) Divan, Jessica (Duke) Dorethy, Emily Divan, and James (Shelby)Divan. A graduate of RHS, Spoon River and WIU, Kay agreed to chaperon a mission trip to Canada for her daughter Jessica’s group in 1999. Upon returning, she was recruited to teach the HS youth group. Kay served several years with the High School kids going on two more mission trips, having overnighters, movie nights, and firelights with them. During that time there was a need for a Genesis choir director and music on Sunday mornings, so Kay did both for several years before switching to just the younger children’s programs. Kay loves being with these awesome children (and Miss Jen) where they get to sing, dance, laugh and praise God as loud as they want to!
Marian Kindhart, Financial Secretary
Kim Holmes, Custodian
Kim Holmes has been the custodian for the First United Methodist Church for 3 years. She is married to Garry and has 2 grown children. Travis lives in Rushville and Kara lives in Quincy. Kim has two grandchildren, Alexa 6 years and Ava is 5 years and they live in Hull. Kim loves to bake, spend time with grandchildren, family, pets and friends. Garry and Kim love to go antiquing, camping, and fishing!