• Rev. Lori Harvey- lEAD pASTOR

    Although I was born in Illinois, I grew up in various states including Oklahoma, Michigan and Colorado.  I went to Hope College and earned a B.A. in Business Administration.  My Masters of Divinity is from Iliff School of Theology located in Denver, Colorado.  Before arriving in Salem, I have been appointed to various United Methodist churches in the Illinois Great Rivers conference since 1991. Most of these appointments have been in large churches with shared ministry where I have been able to focus on discipleship, health ministries and missions.  Youth ministry has been part of my call but I have more recently focused on adult discipleship. 

    My husband, David Johnston, and I have two grown children.  Our daughter, Clarissa is a special education teacher in San Jose, California and our son, Andrew, is finishing his degree at ISU in Normal while working at Olive Garden.  I "enjoy" running which allows me to eat ice cream, one of the joys in life. 

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    Rae grew up in Salem and at GUMC where a strong foundation of faith was developed.  She returned to Salem to be closer to her family after living in the Chicagoland area for 15 years.  Rae holds a B.A. degree in Child, Family & Community Services from the University of Illinois, Springfield, and a M.A. degree in Elementary Education from Greenville College.  Always a helper, Rae has 30 years' experience working in social services with seniors, families and children.  She also has worked in the elemetnary schools as a substitute teacher and as an individual aide with special needs students. Rae is married to Andrew and has three children.  Her hope is to be God's vessel to guide others to serve in God's Kingdom and grow in their relationship with our Lord God and with each other.



    My teaching career at Salem Community High School included sponsoring several student organizations such as Student Council and Mock Trail.  In addition, I led church youth groups for several years.  My husband, Dwain, and I are life-long United Methodists.  Our son, Jake, is an attorney in Arizona, and our daughter, Whitney, is a counselor.

    I am excited to connect with our youth and be involved in activities with them that will provide learning, service to others and Christian fellowship.

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    I grew up in Salem, am married with one step-daughter, a daughter and a son.  I went to college in order to pursue a career in accounting.  I have always wanted a career where I would be able to work with numbers and help others.  I found that and more with SGUMC.  Everyone here is kind, thoughtful, and loving.  I feel very blessed that I have been given this opportunity and for the people that I have come to know and care deeply for.

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