Our staff is dedicated to serving those of our congregation and the wider community. Please contact any staff member by calling, emailing, or stopping by. We’d love to meet you in person. Office hours are  Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The church is located at 331 East State Street, but during the week, access to the office is located on the south side of the church at East Morgan Street.

Melvin Nielsen

Pastor Mel comes to Jacksonville from the Bonfield Grand Prairie Parish. He has also served the Minonk, Wenona, Dana, Tonica, Richland and Lostant United Methodist Churches. His theology, or understanding...

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Kevin Hinkle

Kevin serves as the Coordinator of Outreach and Growth, since January 2017, but has been part of the Centenary family for the last 15 years. He graduated from MacMurray College...

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Karen Dirksmeyer

Karen has been in the office at Centenary since 1999. She has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from ISU and is currently the Financial Secretary for the multi-state association...

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Destiny Slater

Destiny grew up in Carlinville and moved to Jacksonville, and attended high school at Jacksonville High School, graduating in 1996. Destiny was a stay at home mother for about 10...

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Terri Benz

Terri Benz earned her Bachelor of Music degree from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL and her Masters in Music degree, specializing in Choral Conducting, from Western Illinois University. After teaching...

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Patti Adcock

Patti has been married for 19 years to her husband Bryce. She has two sons – Connor and Bryce jr, and she is a new grandmother. Her grandson’s name is...

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Jarice Crenshaw

Jarice has been Centenary’s parish visitor for 10 years and a member of Centenary since 1978. She is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and a graduate of the Passavant Hospital...

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