Our Staff

Rev. Robin Lyons : Pastor

Rev. Robin Lyons

Pastor

Pastor’s Biography

Rev. Robin R. Lyons
Centralia High School, Western Kentucky University (B.A.), Drew University, The Theological School (M.Div).

Rev. Robin became the Minister at Winchester UMC on July 1, 2005, and is currently in his 14th year as the Church’s Pastor. In the 184 year history of the Church, only the late Rev. David Deal has served as long of a pastoral tenure (14 years). Rev. Robin also offers pastoral ministry to the Manchester UMC, where he preaches on the first Sunday of each Month. He has been in ministry at Manchester UMC since 2010. In addition to preaching, visitations and other support ministries, Rev. Robin teaches The Seekers Sunday School Class (2nd, 3rd, 4th) Sundays, leads the Wednesday Morning Midweek Bible Study in Sibert Hall (9:30am) and sings in the WUMC Choir. Rev. Robin represents WUMC on the following groups: Winchester Ministers Association and the Free Lunch Monday Ministry (original member), Winchester Public Library Board, Scott County Nursing Center Advisory Board, Morgan-Scott Task Force on Suicide Prevention, Morgan-Cass-Scott Services, Scott County Salvation Army, LaMoine District Committee on Ministry.

Family
Son: Robert Dietrich Lyons who still lives at home.
Daughter: Rebecca Rhea Lyons, a Sophomore at the University of Iowa

Favorite Authors
John Irving, Dan Brown, David McCullough, Bart D. Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Amy Jill Levine, Geza Vermes, Reza Aslan, Richard Elliot Friedman, John Shelby Spong, William Sloane Coffin, Mitch Albom, Mark Twain, JRR Tolkien, Nancy Isenberg, Christopher Hitchens, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Marilynn Robinson, Garrison Keilor, William Least Heat Moon, Philip Jenkins, Philip Gulley, Pat Conroy, Mary Oliver, Annie Dillard, Robin Meyers.

Favorite Theologian: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Favorite Music Genres
Bluegrass, Classical, Choral, Classic Rock, Zydeko, Alternate Rock, some Country, R & B, Big Band, Contemporary Gospel.

Favorite Quote (about a million of them).
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman Quote

robinr.lyons@frontier.com
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Mrs. Karen Hardwick : Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Karen Hardwick

Administrative Assistant

A short bit of information on myself. I live in Manchester, IL. My husband has been a pastor since 1992 up till about 5 years ago. He had to retire for health reasons. We both love Jesus and serving Him. I came to know Jesus as my Savior at the age of 9 years old.
I am so excited to serve at Winchester UMC. Doing church office work is a wonderful and exciting ministry to me. I have several years of experience of working in a church office, and find it as a ministry God has blessed me with the skills to do. Winchester UMC has some of the most wonderful loving people. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to serve God among them in the administration of the church office.

winchesterumc@frontier.com
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Mrs. Donna Holmes : Custodian

Mrs. Donna Holmes

Custodian

I am Donna Holmes and I have served Winchester UMC as custodian for a number of years. WUMC is my church family and I enjoy doing what I do for them.

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Mrs. Shawn Ford : Musician

Mrs. Shawn Ford

Musician

Hi, I'm Shawn Ford, and I serve WUMC as the church accompanist for the church worship services and the choir.
It is a blessing to serve WUMC.

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