Victor Long



    Rev. Victor K. Long was appointed pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon in July 2010. He is an Elder of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and has previously served appointments in Marion (First UMC), Carrier Mills, Centralia (First UMC), and Metropolis.
    He holds the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from McKendree University; Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Graduate Theological Foundation.

    He is also a Benedictine Oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana, and his doctoral project focused upon introducing elements of the ancient Benedictine spiritual tradition into United Methodist settings.

    Victor is married to Jennifer, and together they have four children: Ashley, Autumn, Lauren, and Carson.

    Dylan Stanek

    Student Ministries & Contemporary Worship


    Dylan Stanek joined our team in March of 2015 as the Director of Student Ministries and, since then, has taken responsibility for leading our Contemporary Worship Service.  He assists the church in media production and social media, as well.

    Dylan has a passion for working with teenagers and helping them to see Christ in everything around them and encouraging students to share the Love of Christ with their friends.

    Rebecca Nation

    Director of Children's Ministry

    It is fulfilling to be apart of The First United Methodist Church, as a member and in children ministry. Children’s growth, development and overall education have been a great passion of mine for many years.

    I was raised on a small farm in rural Geff, Illinois with two loving, Christian parents. We attended a small family church in rural Wayne City, Illinois. It was at the age of eight that I accepted Jesus as my Lord. I was baptized along with my cousin on a very cold day in March.

    Fast forward to 2000, I married my high school sweetheart. We both were students at SIUC at the time. In 2001, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Plant and Soil Science. With a restlessness with my career path I began volunteering with different children’s groups. I wanted to work with children and help them. In 2006, I graduated with a Masters Degree from the College of Education at Oakland City Baptist University in Indiana.

    My husband and I attended First United Methodist Church for the first time on Christmas Eve 2007. We’ve loved our church since that first experience. My husband and son were baptized in early 2009 together. I had my membership moved from a local church.

    It is an honor to use my love of the Lord and my passion for children’s education to carry on our children’s ministry!

      Kathy Newnam

      Church Secretary


      Kathy and her husband, Stan, moved to Mt. Vernon in September 2001. They have two children, Kyle, who lives in Clinton, Illinois with his wife, Roberta,  and their sons, Teddy and John; and Tanya, who lives in Muscatine, Iowa with her daughter, Katie, and her husband, Mike McCarty. Kathy has an Associates Degree in Accounting/Data Processing, obtained from Danville Area Community College.

      Kathy has always been very active in the church, serving on many committees and boards. She loves music and currently plays hand bells with First Ringers.  She is an avid cook and has been known to make a church dinner, or two, whenever called upon.

        Becky Deaton

        Parish Visitor


        For a long time, I have known what a talented staff we have at First United Methodist Church, and I am truly grateful to have the opportunity work with this dynamic group.
        I am looking forward to continue working with this dedicated group that visits our shut-ins, nursing home and assisted living members. Please contact me if you would like to serve in this ministry.

        A little about me:  I was born and raised in Mt. Vernon. My parents, Clarence and Ruth Body, three sisters, and I were members of, at that time, First Methodist Church.  After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, I married my high school sweetheart, Bill Deaton. We have three sons:  J. Paul Deaton of Schaumburg, Illinois, Mark and Michelle Deaton of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Scott Deaton of St. Louis. I retired after 36 years of teaching in the Mount Vernon City Schools. I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my family.

            John McGhee

            Choir Director


              Stephanie Rains

              Sonshine School Director

                Brandi Marlow

                Sonshine School Teacher

                    Angel Grothoff



                        Vicki Storey

                        Financial Secretary


                            Gina Ellis



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