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.

    Ian Barbee

    Director of Student Ministries

    Ian is a lifelong United Methodist and a native of Salem, Illinois. Last month, he graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a degree in Organizational Communication. He is a Certified Candidate for ministry in The United Methodist Church, plans to attend Licensing School this summer, and intends to attend seminary in a couple of years. He also loves starting projects, working in groups, and trying new things.

      Gina Ellis

      Director of Children's Ministries


          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


                                Jerry Ellis

                                Church Custodian

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