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Upcoming Events
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TUE
Church Board meeting
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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15

WED
REFUEL!
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Midweek Ministries for all ages.
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SUN
Sunday Morning Fellowship
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
In The Word!
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
(Sunday School)
Staff
Senior Pastor

Rev. Steve Cecil

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Pastor Steve arrived as our Senior Pastor the first week of July 2012.  He and Peggy came to us from the Fort Myers area of southwest Florida.  When asked WHY he left the beaches of Fort Myers to move to the corn fields of central Illinois, he gives the brief response--"God called me here!"  

 

Pastor has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 1981.   He is a fourth-generation Nazarene and the sixth-generation of preachers in his family.  He enjoys meeting people, making new friendships, and often finds his very active sense of humor catches people off-guard.  Pastor Steve purposely attempts to view the local church from the perspective of "the unchurched."  This helps him ask the right questions, assist the local church in meeting the real needs of the community, and gives him insight on how to effectively share the Gospel with those who are living without Christ.  He is passionate about leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, seeing new families become part of the local church, and helping individuals learn to live as committed followers of Jesus. 

 

Pastor was born and raised in southeast Missouri in a farming family and spent the Summers of his teen years driving a tractor.  Peggy was raised in southeast Iowa near Burlington.  They met while at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.  They married on August 15, 1981.  They have four grown children...one in Illinois, one in Oklahoma, and two in Florida.  Four of their grandchildren are in Florida and two are here in Illinois.  To relax and unwind, Pastor and Peggy enjoy riding their motorcycle.  They also enjoy attending athletic sporting events and spending time with family and friends.

 

 






Worship Pastor

Russell Burch

Our Worship Pastor is Russ Burch.  Russ is in his 17th year as our worship leader.  He attended Olivet Nazarene University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.  Russ also received his Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University.  He was ordained in July, 2009.  During the week, you'll find him teaching band and music for the Taylorville school district.

    "God has blessed me in so many ways!  Teaching music for 29 years, and leading worship at our church!  I'm super excited about what He has in store for West Side in the coming days!"

Rachel, Russ' wife, also graduated from Olivet Nazarene University.  She serves as the President of our local chapter of Nazarene Missions International.  She works at Milikin University.   They have two young adult daughters, three adult sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.






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