A native of Galesburg, Illinois, Rev. Ouellette received his bachelors degree from Monmouth College and went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This being his first call, Faith UP Church is excited for Pastor Brandon's vision and enthusiasm as he begins his career in ministry. Some of his interests include the intersection between religion and science, faith and technology, and inter-religious dialogue.
C. E. Director
Ann is a longstanding member of Faith Church. She has also served as a Ruling Elder and Clerk of Session, as well as the VBS Director for many summers. Ann has been a stalwart on the Christian Education Committee. She has also directed the annual Children’s Christmas Pageant. She keeps our church equipped with everything from up-to-date computers to curricula and white boards. Ann knows how to get things done! She can even chase a cow or two (she farms). She has taken courses in Education from Monmouth College, and has a degree in Agricultural Economics as well as a law degree from the University of Illinois.
Linda has provided qualified and sound guidance to the church's finances for a number of years. Her consistency and work ethic are an invaluable asset to our community of Faith. Her and her mother Mary have been members of the church for a number of years.
Director of Music
Thomas Clark, is an active director and performer known for his unique baritone voice, as well as his interpretive conducting skills. Praised for his versatility, Clark has performed in all of the forty-eight contiguous United Sates as a vocalist and music director. Clark was honored when he was selected to perform at the World Trade Center’s Ground Zero St. Paul’s Chapel for relief workers following the terrorists’ attack. Clark holds a Masters in choral conducting from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Clark has been a guest artist at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is an active member of Nova Singers. Clark currently is an adjunct vocal instructor at both Knox and Monmouth College.
Robert Blackford started working at the church in 2015. Prior to that he was the Editor of The Times Record newspaper in Aledo Illinois for 14 years from 2001-2015. Prior to that he was the Editor at the Review Atlas in Monmouth. He has worked in the newspaper industry for over 20 years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1986 where he majored in History.
Director of Wednesday Night Live
A career elementary school teacher, Deb has been an answer to prayers as Director of Wednesday Night Live. This is her sixth year in this position. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and her Masters degree in reading/language arts at Western Illinois University.
Dr. Solee Lee-Clark joined Faith Presbyterian Church in September 2018 as organist. Solee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, has studied piano in her native country, the United States, and Paris, France. Currently, she teaches piano, music theory and serves as staff accompanist at Monmouth College.
Known for her versatility as keyboardist, Dr. Lee-Clark offers concerts on piano, harpsichord, and organ. As a pianist, she performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York in 2014 and was invited to return for a performance in 2018. She has received awards from the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the French Piano International Grant, and the Global Education Opportunities Award. As an accomplished collaborative artist, she appeared concerts at the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, White Lake Chamber Music Festival, International Trumpet Seminar at Grand Valley State University, and Blodgette Recital Series at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Dr. Lee-Clark is a graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at West Virginia University. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Music degree from Kangnam University in Korea. She studied piano with Christine Kefferstan, Steven Harlos, Gabriel Chodos, Nancy Bricard, and Sung-ja Kim; organ with William Haller and Huw Lewis; and harpsichord with Greg Crowell.
The Session meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
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The Deacons meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
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