Church Staff

  • Rev. tom corum

    Directing pastor

    Tom is a native of Peoria and also spent ten of his formative years in the small community of Trivoli, Illinois. A graduate of Farmington East High School, he earned a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. A child of the church and of United Methodism, Tom has served churches of varying sizes and locations throughout the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and enjoys proclaiming the good news of God’s love for all people in word and deed, helping them grow in faith, and supporting them in putting their unique spiritual gifts to use to enhance the church’s ministry. Tom is married to Stephanie, an attorney who works as a public defender, and together they are the parents of an adult daughter, Jacqueline, and a teenage son Ben.   

  • 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 years, Janice has just retired from 17 years of being a licensed local pastor in the Northwest Texas and New Mexico United Methodist Conferences.  Moving to be closer to her daughter (an educational academic advisor at EIU) , son-in-law (who is a professor at EIU) and granddaughter Ella (a Jefferson 4th grader).  Most times away are spent back in TX keeping up with her TX family, including a granddaughter and husband both in graduate school and a grandson (a university student.)  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, eating out with friends, and attending musical concerts and dramas.

  • jessica ulrich

    director of children and lay ministries

    Jessica Ulrich is thankful to be a part of the Charleston Wesley UMC family as the Director of Children’s & Lay Ministries. She was born & raised in the small town of Flanagan, IL. While studying Theology & Pastoral Ministries at Greenville University, Jessica pursued her calling as Director of Tutoring at The Simple Room (a Christian K-12 Non Profit After-School Program) and in advocating for women & minorities. If you do not see Jessica wandering around the church, you might find her reading or playing Uno at Jackson Avenue Coffee, admiring antiques at local antique/thrift shops, or treasuring time with family & 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 out a Friday email to the congregation and a devotion Monday through Friday to anyone who would like to receive it. The devotion also appears on tumblr and the church Facebook page. She oversees the church’s social media accounts and is the initial contact for our email Prayer Chain and private Facebook prayer page. Rosalie and her husband are avid gardeners and love traveling to see their far-flung children and grandchildren when time allows.​


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  • brock warren

    director of youth ministries

    Brock was raised in Washington, IL, and is excited his wife Betzy's call to campus ministry has led them back to Illinos again. After graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in Music Education, he obtained a teaching position, and he and Betzy met through a fellow teacher, Betzy's twin sister. Though Betzy's calling to ministry has led to many different jobs for Brock, he is excited to be able to serve the church through youth ministry again, here in Charleston, as he did in Richlands, VA, for the last four years. When he is not serving the youth of the church, Brock is likely to be caring for their two children, Benjamin and Brendan.

  • michael mellott

    director of chancel choir and children's music

    Michael Mellott is the adult and children’s choral director for the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, Illinois.  He is also the music teacher and choral director at the local middle school, where he teaches 7th and 8th grades general music, as well as conducts the middle school choir and an extracurricular a cappella advanced choir.  In addition to his teaching, he is also a clinician for vocal health for educators, athletic coaches and vocalists.  

     He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he and his family reside.   When time permits, Mr. Mellott performs with the local community summer theatre, and enjoys woodworking and cane making, where he often donates handcrafted items to various organizations, such as Out of Darkness (a suicide prevention and awareness organization). 

  • rev harry tingley

    organist

    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.

  • elizabeth halbe

    Administrative Secretary/Bell Choir Director

    Elizabeth has served for many years as an administrator and educator; as well as a pianist, singer, and actor. When not involved in church music ministry and administration, she can be found teaching music and working in local theatre as an actor and music director. She is married to actor and playwright Earl Halbe. Both Earl and Elizabeth serve on the board of the Coles County Arts Council, and are the founders and co-producers of Theatre In The Park, Charleston IL. 

  • Allison Schuette

    nursery coordinator

    Allison has been a student at Eastern Illinois University for the past 4 years and recently started graduate coursework to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is from a small town in Illinois called Atlanta and considers Charleston to be her second home. She is passionate about helping others and loves to try new things.