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Church Staff


Pastor Kathy Bueker Sweet                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Pastor Kathy is a Hoosier who was ordained deacon in 1983 and Elder in 1988. She graduated from the University of Evansville (B.A.) and Drew University Theological School (M.Div).

Pastor Kathy is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people. She is married to Pastor Craig Sweet and they have two children and three wonderful grandchildren. Their grandchildren live in the Portland, Oregon area—so travelling to the Northwest is something they enjoy doing. In her free time she enjoys reading and knitting.  



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Kathy Brown serves as Director of Music Ministries. She attended Illinois State University and received degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance (1989).  She spent thirteen years as an Elementary/Middle School / High School choral music instructor and teaches private voice and piano lessons.    She directs the Monticello Summer Singers, a community supported civic chorale, and is an active adjudicator and choral clinician throughout Illinois.

Through her work as the Director of Music at MUMC, Kathy is helping to ensure that the church’s long tradition of high-quality music endures.  She coordinates music for MUMC’s worship services and conducts the Sanctuary Choir, plays keyboard with New Day, our contemporary praise and worship team. She has lead Sunday School, acts as the Music Leader for summer VBS, and sings in the Mixed Vocal Ensemble.  While at MUMC, Kathy introduced the Second Sunday Concert Series (2008).  This program brings a variety of free concerts to our sanctuary, including diverse musical artists representing all styles of music!  Kathy and her husband, Mike, are parents to four amazing and wonderful children.  When not singing, teaching, or conducting, she enjoys cooking, reading and travel.




Mary Catherine St. John serves as the Director of Family Ministries and also as our Office Manager. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business. After working at the YMCA as Youth Director, in charge of the nursery, the after school program, the skating rink and other programs, and establishing a youth program for 6th-12th graders, she returned to school to teach English. She taught High school English for 9 years. She continued her work with youth groups through other YMCA locations and church. Mary Catherine is thrilled to be a part of the MUMC family. While working with Kathy Brown on the JKF program, she is also working with Sunday School classes, the nursery, children’s church, VBS, families and special events for kids and families.
Mary Catherine is the wife of Pall and mom to three incredible kiddos. In her extra time, she enjoys attending her kids activities, subbing in the local school, cooking and playing golf.
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Natalie McDowell is serving in the newly created role of Director of Youth Ministry. She attended Millikin University and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Her nursing career has been focused on caring for infants/children, young adults and school based nursing. She has been employed the last 10 years by Macon-Piatt Special Education District as a special needs RN within the Monticello School District.

Natalie has many years of volunteer experience in Children and Youth Ministries, both at Monticello UMC and her former church, First United Methodist Church of Sullivan. Through her work as the Director of Youth Ministry at MUMC, Natalie coordinates Methodist Youth Fellowship for High School and Middle School, plans Youth outings, conducts Youth Bible Studies, plans and accompanies Youth on Retreats, and teaches High School Sunday School class. She also plans and accompanies Youth and the Youth Leadership Team on an annual Summer Mission Trip, plans and conducts a local mission-based Middle School Vacation Bible School class, and collaborates with church members to incorporate and support the youth of the church.

Natalie has been married to her husband, Brian since 1991. The couple has 2 wonderful young adult sons, Andrew and Austin and a lovely daughter-in-law, Sarah.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, running/working out, being with friends and rooting for her favorite teams-The Illini, The St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers!

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Office Staff
 Mary Catherine St. John- Office Manager

Musical Support Staff
Bell Choir Director –Barb Ozier
Organists –  Mary Ellen Dean, Gloria Cardoni

Custodial Staff – Dave Shiley
Nursery Attendants – Jeanie Goble-Hutton and Kathleen Foster