Pastor Bill Novak is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and the lead pastor at Morton UMC. A Montana native, Pastor Bill comes to Morton most recently from First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne Wyoming. He is married to Abby, a registered nurse at OSF, and they have four daughters, Wynne, Beatrice, Mabel, and Clementine. Pastor Bill enjoys the preaching, teaching, and caring aspects of ministry and is always ready to talk about basketball any time of year. He looks forward to a life of discipleship together.
Family Ministries Leader
Marci Tewksbury, Family Ministry Team Leader at MUMC, grew up in Wilmington, Ohio at Wilmington UMC where sometime around the 2nd grade she met her husband, Mike. Mike, Marci, and their daughter Lily (then 6) moved to Morton and Morton UMC in 2004. Dax was born in 2005, Finn in 2007, and Juliet in 2011 they also added a couple of furry friends, Goldendoodles, Mozart & Delilah. Marci has had a passion for youth since she was one herself, and has been working in youth ministry in some way for over 20 years, joining MUMC in a staff position officially the beginning of 2020.
Family Ministries Assistant
Jacob B. McGeorge is the Family Ministries Assistant and Senior High Specialist at MUMC. He has also pastored youth and lead worship music at the First Church of God in Marseilles, Illinois. Jacob enjoys connecting with youth through music and through deep, emotional conversations rooted both in scripture and in sociological concepts that he studied while obtaining his Associate's in Science from Illinois Valley Community College.
Family Ministries Assistant
Darby is from Morton, IL and is now living in Peoria. She teaches second grade at Whittier Primary. Darby helps plan, organize and teach the elementary age group at Morton United Methodist Church for Sunday School and Wednesday night activities. She loves to spend time outdoors biking or walking with Wilson , her dog.
Cross Connections Worship Leader
Kerry has been leading worship for our Cross Connections service for almost 20 years. A native Texan, Kerry graduated from Sam Houston State University with a music degree before moving to Morton 23 years ago. When she’s not planning or participating in worship, you can find her spending time with her husband Steve and their children Darby and Kyle. Other than creating music, Kerry enjoys sewing, reading, pickleball, and walking with her fur babies Birdie & SíSí.
Jane grew up in Osceola, WI. Her first career choice was nursing, however the University she attended discontinued the nursing program the year she began. Music Therapy was her next plan. In 1980 she became the "temporary" Church Organist - and still plays for the church today! She feels, with joy, that she is applying a ministry of "Music Therapy" as God planned.
Ministry Office Manager
Megan grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL with her two siblings and parents. She originally worked in many different roles in healthcare before moving her skills to the church. She moved to Morton in 2020 with her husband Noah. She enjoys knitting and hanging out with her two dogs and two cats.