• Rev. christine cunningham, Lead Pastor

    I have been in pastoral ministry in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference for 17 years, serving two years at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Granite City, five years at the First United Methodist Church in Marissa, six years at Harrisburg First United Methodist Church, and four years at Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham.  I have also been a hospice volunteer, parish visitor, church secretary, and an on-call chaplain at Alton Memorial Hospital.  And now, I look forward to sharing life and ministry with each of you at Grace United Methodist church in Salem, IL. 


    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.