Vermont Street United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


      Rev. Patty Johansen     Senior Pastor  Pastor Patty grew up in east Central Illinois, and except for four years in Denver CO for seminary, has spent her entire life in the mid-section of Illinois. Serving full time in ministry since 1985, she has been appointed to all types and sizes of churches:  small town, urban, and collar communities. One of her greatest joys is when someone who is new to faith begins to grasp the depth of Jesus’ love, and then begins to share it with others. She’s been married to Rev. Mike Crawford since 1988, and they have two adult children:  Kara, who lives in NYC, and Mark, who lives in the Bloomington-Normal area. She loves reading, cooking, gardening, traveling, and snow. And she loves Quincy, and the diversity of people here.

Rev. Sheri Renner        Associate Pastor  

Dr.  Ann Behrens, Organist & Music Coordinator Ann has most recently been part of the staff since September 2013 when she came as organist, and then later added the Chancel Choir duties.  But she’s been a member of VSUMC since she was three, so through the years she also served as the Wesley Choir director (Jr. and Sr. High youth) and also filled in for a year or so as Chancel Choir director when a previous director left right before Christmas.  Ann is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Quincy University.  She basically works with the faculty to create new academic programs, create/refine existing programs, hire new faculty, and help coordinate assessment of student learning.



  Stacy Taylor                   Praise Team Director 
                                                                                Children's Choir Director  

 Jean Murray                   Hand Bell Choir Director

Jean is the director of the Handbell Choir.  The choir meets throughout the school year and adds an instrumental anthem as part of the worship church service.  The choir also enjoys sharing their music around Quincy and have been to several of the nursing homes in the area.  Jean has a degree in music education and has recently retired from teaching music in the Quincy Public Schools.  She loves to play the clarinet and you would see her in the Quincy Concert Band, the Quincy Community Theater pit orchestra, the Quincy Park Band, and other community music groups.  Jean also likes to sing and play the guitar.  She has been a lifelong member of Vermont Street UMC and considers the church her extended family. 

 Jerry Carnivale               Business Manager 
   I have been the Financial Secretary  of the Church since 2008.  A very enjoyable thing for me to see is the many people the Church is able to help.  Turning frowns into smiles. 

 Al Jones                    Custodian
Al Jones has been the custodian at VSUMC for 35 years! He is married to Debby, and their daughter is Janell. His interests include square dancing. He would like the congregation to know that he appreciates the cooperation of this congregation in taking care of our facility, and it’s a pleasure to work here. He thinks we are nice people, and he appreciates that we’ve treated him and his family right over the years. 

                                                                Sara Bange          Preschool Director
Sara Bange has been with the preschool since September 2014.  She has an education degree from Culver-Stockton College and is currently a teacher in the 4 year old classroom.  Sara is a Quincy native and is married to Steve.  They have a son and daughter, ages 12 and 9.   
  Jean Barnes                   Nursery
 Katie Walker,   Church Administrative Assitant
Katie was born and raised in Quincy. She will soon be getting married to her fiance of 6 years on November 5, 2016. They have two children together. Olivia Dannielle is 2 years old and Audumn Jean is 7 months old. Katie has worked for her parents for years as their Administrative Assistant for there family business at Bradford Villa Assisted Living Home and still continues to do so. Katie love crafting with her girls and spending time with her family. She loves spending time with her church family and learning everyday about Christ. Katie looks forward to working with all of you at Vermont Street UMC.