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REV. DICK WISDOM
Pastor Dick began seminary in 1996 after 22 years working in the private sector. He has a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and two Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees* in Leadership (*ABD – all but dissertation): one from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and one from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Pastor Dick is a passionate believer of lifelong learning. He is a husband of 33 years to Cheryl, a father to four children, a grandfather to four perfect grandchildren, and the “dad” to his rescue dog Shadow. He previously served as the District Superintendent for the Prairie Central District in the Northern Illinois Conference.
REV. SHERRY STEELE
Minister of Faith Formation
Pastor Sherry serves as the Minister of Faith Formation at Plainfield United Methodist Church. She is responsible for spiritual formation and educational opportunities for all ages, from infants in the nursery up through adults. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University with degrees in music and religion, she moved to Nashville, TN in 1999. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2004 and was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 2010. She now lives with her husband, Tedd, who is also United Methodist Pastor; her two children, Anna and Nathan; and her three stepchildren, Jadyn, Sophia, and Brooklyn.
Pastor Sherry is passionate about equipping people to use their gifts both within and outside of the church. She is active in the Plainfield Ministerial Association and serves as Co-Chair of the NIC Order of Deacons, as well as the President of the Board of the Ridgewood United Community Pantry and the Emergency Food and Shelter Committee with the United Way of Joliet. When not at church, Pastor Sherry can be found singing, dancing, chauffeuring her kids, laughing with friends, hanging out at the gym, hiking, and reading.
REV. FRITZ BARTELS
Retired Pastor in Residence
Pastor Fritz is a retired ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference. He started seminary after working 30 years at Caterpillar, his last position being that of a Machine Designer. Pastor Fritz graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.). Before his retirement, he served at Green Garden UMC, Polo Emmanuel UMC, East Jordan UMC, Crete UMC, and Grace Joliet. Pastor Fritz has been married to his wife Judy for 43 years, and they have two grown sons, Ben and Matt. They also have an adorable grandson named Jack. Fritz loves to camp with Judy, to ride his Fuji road bike, to take photographs, and his reading interests include theology, fiction, poetry, and sometimes he even reads directions, but not always. He’s also very interested in birding and is the current Will County Audubon president.
Director of Youth Ministries
Taylor was born and raised in Peoria, IL and moved up to the Chicagoland area towards the end of September 2019. She lives with her loving husband and two children. In her free time, she plays hockey, performs in musicals, and loves to find new recipes. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, she is starting her Master of Divinity program with a specialization in Chaplain Ministries.
Director of Administrative Ministries
Cheryl was born and raised in Rockford IL, one of fourteen kids. She worked for AT&T for 35 years, retiring in 1997. A life-long Methodist, Cheryl joined PUMC in 1997 and starting working here shortly after. Alongside serving as the Director of Administrative Ministries, Cheryl is also the financial secretary and membership secretary. She and her niece, Suzy, live in Whispering Creek. Go Cubs!
Vicki graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Advertising and worked for a pharmaceutical advertising agency in Chicago for several years before starting a family and raising her three children. She lives in Oswego with her husband, kids, and two Labradors. Vicki previously worked as an Office Administrator at a Presbyterian Church in Naperville before moving to Oswego. She enjoys spending weekends outdoors, traveling to her family summer home in Wisconsin, bon fires, concerts, and good home cooked dinners with her family and friends.
Candace was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2005. She lives in Yorkville with her husband, two children, and two crazy rescue dogs. Having earned a certificate in Office Technology, she has spent her career working for a variety of organizations in administrative support roles, and most recently has devoted her time to being a homeschool mom. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family.
Suzy was born in Rockford, IL. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1981. Suzy attended Miami University in Ohio, majoring in marketing. After graduation, she became a manger for an Eddie Bauer retail store. Suzy is a life-long Methodist and joined PUMC in 1997. She also volunteers at the Plainfield Public Library and Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet.
Worship Band and Handbell Director
Megan Marconi has been a member of Plainfield United Methodist Church since 2015. Megan earned a B.A. in Music – Vocal Performance from North Central College and a M.A. in Elementary Education from National Louis University. Her lifelong passion for worship through music began at the young age of 3 years, when she joined her first church choir in her hometown of Aurora, IL. That passion would continue to flourish within the same church for the next 20 years, where she co-founded and lead vocals for another praise band. Megan is a stay-at-home mother to Joey and wife to Bryan, a Joliet Firefighter. They reside in Joliet, along with their cat, Sebastian, and dog, Cujo.
Chancel Choir Director
Nathan joined the PUMC team in August of 2023. He is currently the Director of Choirs at Plainfield Central High School, where he has taught for the past seven years. Nathan also serves as the Spring Musical Director at PCHS and has held that title for the last seven years. Since 2017, the PCHS Concert Choir has received Excellent Rating at the Joliet West Choir Contest in 2017-2020, including “Best Alto Section” in 2019.
Nathan has toured with his choirs around the United States, including performing at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2017 and 2022, Nashville, Tennessee in 2019 and an upcoming tour in New York City in 2024. In 2015, he received the Plainfield 202 CAPE Award for Teacher of the Year and in 2019, was the recipient of the Plainfield 202 Award of Excellence. He is an active member of the Illinois Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association.
Outside his musical endeavors, Nathan enjoys cooking, DIY home improvement, baseball, random trivia, and spending time with his wife, Jillian, their son, Jackson, and their 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Sona.
Kathleen has been an area resident for most of her life. She grew up in the Valley View school district and now enjoys retirement after working in that district as a teacher for over 40 years. Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Elmhurst College. In September of 2022, Kathleen began her 50th year as organist at Plainfield United Methodist Church! She accompanies the chancel choir, serves as the pianist for the worship band, and is a member of Bellissimo, the PUMC handbell choir. An avid reader, she also likes knitting, sewing, and cross-stitch.
Jennifer started at PUMC in 2011 as a weekend custodian. She now is settling into her new role as Facilities Coordinator. Being a lifelong Methodist herself, she likes to volunteer as much as she can. On her off time, she enjoys time with her husband David, children, and grandchildren.
Christina has been with PUMC for 5 years. She is a member of our custodial staff and helps maintain our beautiful building. Christina is the mother of one daughter who's the apple of her eye.
Patti is a communications professional working with small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community. She joined the Plainfield UMC team in October of 2021.
Patti and her spouse, Larry, have lived in Woodridge since 1999 and have three grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with family and friends, and trying new restaurants.