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Born and raised in Charleston, Illinois., Bob graduated from EIU with a bachelor’s degree in music after a four year tour in the U.S. Navy. Shortly after getting married, Bob had a life-changing encounter with the Living God which eventually led to a call to ministry. His deepest passion for ministry is communicating the Gospel in such a way that people "get it", and watching people experience the "night and day difference" a relationship with God makes in their lives. Bob has been married to his wife, Gina since 1987. They have four children and one, precious grandson, Emerson. Bob has a hobby, (some might say, problem), of collecting musical instruments from around the world and trying to learn how to play them.


Rev. Janice Kahl

Pastor of Congregational Care

A native Texan, granddaughter of a Methodist circuit rider, preacher’s wife for 32 years before his death, and third-grade teacher for almost 30, Janice has just retired from 17 years of being a local UM pastor to churches in West Texas. Moving to Charleston to be close to her daughter, son-in-law (who teaches at EIU), and 5-year-old Ella, Janice is glad that Texas is only one plane ride away to watch her two other grandchildren play university and high school tennis. She has found Wesley UMC to be a special place where her soul can be filled and where she can sing in the choir and play hand bells. Other favorite pastimes are reading, cooking Mexican food, playing the piano, and eating out with friends.


Rosalie Addison

Director of Communication Ministries

Rosalie Addison has worked at Wesley UMC in various capacities since 1999. She currently writes the monthly Wesley Circuit newsletter, sends e-letters, and takes care of the church’s Facebook page. She oversees prayer ministries, sending prayer requests via email as well as posting requests and concerns on the church’s Facebook Prayer Team page. She also sends a daily E-votion, which is also posted on tumblr, as well as the website, every weekday. Rosalie has been married to her husband Rick for 35 years and has two children over the age of 30, although she doesn’t know how that happened since she herself was 30 just yesterday.

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Ben Pertl

Director of Youth Ministries

Ben is a recent graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and can now officially be called a "townie". When he isn't in the church working with the youth, you can find him substitute teaching in the schools, on the court coaching basketball, or watching any number of local sporting events. He loves working with kids, driven by a deep desire for them to know and experience the joy of a life lived with purpose.


Gina Swickard

Director of Children's Ministries

Gina is excited to be back at Wesley UMC after being their director of choirs from 1987 to 1991. Since then she has enjoyed singing with an opera company, directing musicals, choirs and dinner theatre’s. She graduated from EIU with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and from University of Illinois in Springfield /Vandercook College with an MS in Educational Leadership. Her greatest joy is being with her growing family singing and playing instruments together.


Nancy Marlow

Director of Stephen Ministry & Small Groups

Nancy joined the staff at Wesley after seven years of retirement from Eastern Illinois University. She and husband Ed have three children, Michele, Chris and Bob, as well as six (so far) extraordinary grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys travel, golf, reading, shopping, Jazzercise, music, and spending as much time as possible with friends.


Harry graduated from EIU and has lived in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Champaign, Illinois since then. During his time at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago, Harry felt called to ordained ministry and began studies at Seabury-Western Episcopal. He graduated from Seabury in 2001 and was ordained a priest at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James in Chicago in 2004. He has been the organist at Wesley UMC since November, 2010.


Juliane Sharp

Chancel Choir Director

Juliane also serves as the choral director for the Charleston High School choruses and Jefferson Elementary choruses within the Charleston School District. She is currently in her eighth year of teaching with the district. An Ohio native, Juliane received her bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education/Musical Theater from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in Charleston with her husband, James, and her sons, Jack and Alex.


Elizabeth Halbe

Administrative Assistant / Bell Choir Director

Elizabeth has worked for years as an arts professional and educator. When not involved in church music ministry and administration, she can be found singing, playing the piano, teaching music, and working in local theatre. She is married to actor and playwright Earl Halbe.


Jess Howell

Nursery Caregiver

Jess is a senior at Eastern Illinois University majoring in special education. She's a peer minister at the Wesley Foundation, a camp counselor and she loves being outside. Fun fact . . . she's a certified scuba diver.


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