Our Staff

Rev Jim

Rev. Jim McClarey

Directing Pastor

I am excited about the way the Spirit of God is radiating in and through the people here at First United Methodist Church.  We can sense the flow of God’s grace as we interact in worship, in fellowship and in serving together.   I believe wonderful days are ahead for First UMC, and we’ll gain a sense of His will for us as we give ourselves to God through prayer, presence, gifts, serving, and witness. 

As you look through our website, I hope you can gain a sense of how excited we are to extend Jesus’ invitation:  All who are seeking life, come on in!  We are looking forward to meeting you. 

If I or our staff can serve you in any way, we look forward to hearing from you! 

 You can contact me at:  jim.mcclarey@gmail.com
Cathy Duffy

Cathy Duffy

Business Manager 

I am so glad to be serving God with my talents here at First Church.  My family and I have lived in Metamora, IL for over 15 years.  I am married to my prince charming, and have two beautiful daughters, four rambunctious dogs, and several horses.  I enjoy putting myself to work in the body of Christ and am thankful for the opportunity to put my time and talents to work at FUMC.

I rest securely in the openness and grace-filled love that can be found in the United Methodist Church.  I am so thankful for a God who calls me daughter, who knows my name, who is crazy about me, and will never let me go.  We can never go wrong with that kind of love!

You can contact me at: FUMCPekinFinance@gmail.com

Kathy Simpson
Kathy Simpson
Administrative Secretary

I consider myself wonderfully blessed to serve alongside a fantastic staff of spirit filled, dedicated people, and to share in the lives of our congregation in so many ways. Working in a busy church office, I come in contact with so many people from all different walks of life and situations. I am always reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses…

Jesus tells us:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 

John 14: 1 -3

God has room for all who believe in Him. And all are welcome here in God’s house. I invite you to come.  We love to see new faces.

If you have any questions about Pekin First United Methodist Church, I would be happy to talk with you and to help find the answers. Please call!  347-3155

You can also contact me at:  pekin1st@yahoo.com

Heather Robertson

Director of Adult Ministries

I absolutely love serving God at Pekin First United Methodist Church.  Watching our church family grow in their faith through Sunday School, Children’s Church, fellowship activities, Wednesday night gatherings, and our small groups is a joy!

I am so grateful to serve the God who has never given up on me and continues to show me the path to take. His provision and hope are my source of energy!

My family, which includes my incredible husband Josh, and our two amazing boys, Ryder and Johnathan, are my greatest blessings and a constant source of excitement! They are my glad.

I love the way our church continues to provide new opportunities and to reach out to love unconditionally! I am always open to new ideas and ways to serve!

You can contact me at:  pekin1st.heather@gmail.com

Kara Bushong

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

As a lifetime member at First United Methodist Church in Pekin I am excited to be serving God as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator, growing where my faith took root and blossomed.  I am excited to help the children in this church and the surrounding community build a foundation of faith with love, support, and knowledge to flourish and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.  I hope to be able to teach the kids not only about Jesus Christ but how to relate to him and find him present in all aspects of life, not just inside the walls of the church. 

I have been blessed with the gifts of being somewhat creative and active and I hope to use these gifts to create a variety of experiences with the children in small and large group settings.  When I am not at the church I spend much of my time serving God by being the best wife, mother of 2 children, friend to many, and Physical Therapist that I know how to be!

You can contact me at: kbushong83@gmail.com
Michael Berg
Youth Director
I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the Lord through working with youth ages 4th grade through high school.  I recently graduated from Wheaton College where I played basketball for four years.  I also work part-time on my family farm outside of Manito.
I feel that the Lord has called me to walk alongside youth and to help them grow into who God has created them to be: disciples of Jesus Christ.  This manifests itself in many ways, from a game of pool in the Youth Room, to a one-on-one conversation over a meal, to our Junior Youth Group “Breakthrough” and High School Youth Group gatherings on Wednesday nights.  I pray that God will work through me to help youth of our church and beyond call Jesus Lord of their lives.  If you know of a student ages 4th grade through high school that needs reached out to, please contact me!

You can contact me at: pekin1st.michael@gmail.com