Our Pastors

Pastor Harvey Gaither
Pastor Harvey Gaither has been in the United Methodist Ministry since he began his ministry as a student pastor at the Armstrong-Penfield UMC’s in 1990. Pastor Harvey has served in a variety of places and sizes of church throughout the Illinois area. Pastor Harvey is an ordained elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and is a 5th generation United Methodist Pastor.

Pastor Harvey has been married to his wife Karen since 1987 and they have three grown children; Matthew, Emily and Sarah. Pastor Harvey loves to watch soccer and read in his spare time.

Pastor Holly Wood is currently serving as an Associate Pastor of Union UMC.

Pastor Holly has served churches in the Illinois area as well as churches in Missouri and Kansas. In addition, Pastor Holly has served as a Family Therapist for Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois and Director of Training and Evaluation at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Educational Profile: Pastor Holly graduated from Mankato East High School in Mankato, Minnesota, received a B.S. in Music Education from Minnesota State University, and a Master’s of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Missouri.

United Methodist Affiliation Pastor Holly was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1983 and ordained Elder in 1991.

Personal Profile: Holly and her husband, Jay, have two children. KC is a graduate of Miami of Ohio University and works for Aurora Casket Company in Wilmington, NC. Kady is a graduate of Oklahoma City University in dance performance. Jay, is also an ordained Elder.

Pastor Jay Krumeich is currently serving an Associate Pastor of Union UMC.

Pastor Jay has served churches in the Illinois area, as well as churches in Missouri and Kansas, and returns to Union UMC having served here in 1984-86.

Educational Profile: Pastor Jay graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and from St. Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Missouri.

United Methodist Affiliation Pastor Jay is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

Personal Profile: Pastor Jay is married to Pastor Holly Wood.

Reverend Robert Edwards was ordained an elder in 1961 and retired in 1999. Besides serving as the District Superintendent of the Vandalia District, Bob has served at West Frankfurt, Kinmundy, Belleville Signal Hill, Centralia First, and Mascoutah.

We are pleased that Bob and his wife, Linda, are part of our congregation.

Reverend Roger R. Knox was the associate pastor at Union UMC from 1965 to 1967. He served with Reverend Eugene Leckrone. Reverend Knox has also served as an associate at Collinsville First and the East St. Louis Inner City Parish.

In 2003, Rev. Knox retired from the Great Rivers Conference as a pastor under appointment.

Reverend Knox was the pastoral counselor/administrator of the Catherine Kasper Center for 10 years and chaplain at St. Mary’s hospital in E. St. Louis for a year.

In 2012 he retired from Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) where he previously served as a financial aid and academic counselor.

Reverend Knox also teaches Bible Study to various adult classes at Union.

Educational Profile: Rev. Knox received his BA from McKendree College, his M. Div. From Garrett Theological Seminary and a Masters of Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in counseling education.

Personal Profile: Rev. Knox’s hobbies include fishing, hunting and spending time with his grand children.

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