PASTOR:  Tim Casey

I was raised in a rural community in south-central Wisconsin. I was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 1990. In 1992, my family and I moved to Evanston, Illinois so I could attend Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. I received my Master of Divinity degree in 1994 and moved to Nebraska to serve a two-point charge in the United Methodist church.  It had been my hope to become a full member of the conference in 1998, however an automobile accident in 1997 meant that I had to postpone my pursuit of full membership until 2001. I became the senior pastor at Good Shepherd UMC in Bartlett, Illinois in 2006.  I have developed dynamic ministries in youth, caring ministries (Stephen Ministries) and bible and book studies. I love being a disciple of Jesus Christ and helping others become disciples. I thank God for the blessings of everyday life and I look forward to what comes next.  God is GOOD!

BrittanyBrittany Alcantar, Director of Spiritual Formation  

My name is Brittany Alcantar.  I am so excited to be part of Channahon United Methodist Church and continuing to expand in the new position as Director of Spiritual Formation.  My home church growing up was Mokena United Methodist Church where I was actively involved in helping cut grass in the summers, helping organize the annual pig roast and crafters sale, VBS games coordinator, and participated in music events throughout the year with the choir.  With the love of music and passion to help others I decided to attend college majoring in Music Education.  I graduated University of St. Francis in 2011 where shortly after I began as Adult Choir Director at CUMC.

My love for helping others was developed not only at church, but also in the work world.  I am the oldest of five girls and all I can say, poor dad.  My grandparents own a business in Mokena where I grew up while mom and dad worked.  I spent a lot of time there and if I ever said, “Grandma I am bored”, was not that way for much longer.  She would show me how to answer phones, take payments, and just overall customer service.  When my mother and aunts opened up different businesses in the same office my skills were just transferred over and that is where I continued to work throughout college.  Used my skills to get a job at a furniture delivery company and would schedule deliveries.  Of course it did not stop there.  I was offered an opportunity to run three storage facilities and Uhaul truck rental and it was the greatest opportunity for our family at the time where I still reside in Shorewood.  That is what brought me to Channahon United Methodist Church.

All while working I met a wonderful man, Jim, 11 years ago.  He brought with him two beautiful children into my life and I never regret it one day;  Isaac (16) and Breanna (13), boy does the time fly by.  Loosing Jim last year was the hardest thing I have had to endure, but by the grace of God and this congregation our family has not had to do it alone.  So with that, I couldn’t be happier to help guide and expand on this congregations’ faith through education of how God wants us to live. I look forward to the many things we can do together in the near future to help guide ourselves, the youth, the children, and those around us down the path that leads to Eternal Life.
 Kris Hayden – Administrative Assistant

I  started working at Channahon UMC on October 15, 2012

I am married to Todd for 25 years and we have tww son,  Kory & Camron who are the loves of our life.

I love any kind of worship and spiritual retreats, family vacations, and playing co-ed volleyball with my .

I have several sacred friendships that help keep me grounded and Jesus in the lime-light!

What I love most about my job is lending a listening ear to those who stop in my office and sharing scripture wherever possible!  And I am the CUMC Thrift shop’s BEST customer…(teehee!)
Dr.  Marlene Henze
We  welcome our newest staff member Dr. Marlene Henze as our Sunday morning pianist. Here is a little info about her. We hope you will give her a warm CUMC Welcome...

I studied piano from the age of 6, but my parents have pictures of me singing and playing the piano at the age of 2. My father’s mother was a preacher’s kid, growing up in northwestern Wisconsin and later near Freeport IL. She was a self taught musician, learning from “The Etude” magazine that came to her house each week. She played piano, organ and directed several choirs for more than 50 years in her church. She also taught piano lessons to a few generations of farm kids in the area. On Sundays when my family visited, she would give me a lesson, we’d play duets, and she gave me church music to play that was appropriate for my level of skill at the time. Special times would be when we would go to her church and I would get to play the pipe organ. We would play piano – organ duets. My favorite part was watching her legs play the petals. My parents provided me with continuous lessons and encouragement throughout my education in the small town of Pearl City, IL where I grew up. Back in the day, I earned a $12K music scholarship from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, even though I was a chemistry major. I continued to take lessons throughout the college years and really grew as a musician. Once in medical school, I rented a piano so I could take “study breaks”. Once I graduated from med school, I bought a $300 garage sale piano and still have this gem. I’ve gotten my money’s worth for sure. I have lived in Channahon since 1996. For a short period of time, I periodically played for services at Resurrection Lutheran Church. I am a board certified family physician. I had a practice in Morris from 1996-2012. After that I was a traveling hospitalist. Currently, I serve the inmate population at Stateville prison. I believe God put me there to serve these men and care for their medical needs. It is challenging, but also can be very rewarding.

I started playing piano for Sunday School and church services at the age of 9. “Trust and Obey” was the first hymn I ever learned and performed. I have always adored playing for church. By taking this position as pianist, I am trusting and obeying Him, that He will give me the time and the talent and the dedication it takes for this wonderful opportunity. I will always do my best for this congregation.


24751 W. Eames

Channahon, Il. 60410


Fax: (815) 467-7435

Office Hours – M-F 9:00 to 1:00
For an emergency call Pastor Tim at 630-344-9661