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Rochester United Methodist Church

217-498-7179
    
P.O. Box 467
555 South Walnut

Rochester, IL  62563
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Staff

Rev. Kathy Bueker Sweet, Pastor

Kathy began serving as the Lead Pastor for RUMC on July 1, 2012. Former churches she has served include: Kankakee Saint Mark, Shields Chapel-Locust Lane, Mt. Pleasant-Canton Evangelical, Alexis-Henderson-North Henderson, Decatur Grace Associate and Magnolia-McNabb United Methodist Churches. Kathy has a B.A. from the University of Evansville and a Master of Divinity from Drew University Theological School. Kathy was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1988. Kathy and her husband, Rev. Craig Sweet, have two children and two granddaughters.
ksweet@rochestermethodist.org

April Patek, Director of Family Ministries

April started working at RUMC in December of 2014. She grew up in Metamora, IL and has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, flute primary, from Northern Illinois University. In 2012 she received a Masters of Art in Christian Education from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston and is in the process of being ordained as a deacon. In her spare time April enjoys being with friends, reading, playing flute, knitting, and being with her cats. 
apatek@rochestermethodist.org 

 
Chelsea Gerberding, Office Manager 

Chelsea began working with multimedia at RUMC in the fall of 2008. She started full time in the office in 2013. Chelsea has a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in media studies and currentlly resides in Springfield.
office@rochestermethodist.org

David McCafferty, Contemporary Worship Director

David has been on staff at RUMC since 2002. He has a degree in Vocal Music Education from Western Illinois University. During the week he teaches vocal music at Rochester Middle School and is also the district percussion coordinator. David lives in Rochester with his wife, Tish, and their two children.
dmccafferty@rochester3a.net

Linda Fairchild, Sanctuary Choir Director


Linda Fairchild has been choir director at Rochester United Methodist Church since 1992. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1960 and an MS degree in 1988. She and husband Roger reside on a farm east of Rochester. They are the parents of 4 grown children, and have 9 grand-children and 2 great-grandchildren.

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