My name is Pastor Charlie McDonald. I am coming from the Rantoul, IL First United Methodist Church, where I have served for the past 2 years.

I am originally from Edwardsville, IL. I graduated from McKendree College and graduated from seminary at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. I served several charges during seminary. During my 40 years in ministry I have served several charges. When coming back to Illinois, I served the Shipman Charge, Ramsey Charge, the Irvington and Richview churches, the Immanual United Methodist Church in Olney; and was interim pastor at Marshall and Gillespie. I served the First United Methodist Church of Fairbury for six years and served the Fairfield First UMC for 3 years before serving at Rantoul First UMC for the past two years.

At the conference level, I serve on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Bishop’s Task Force for Conflict Transformation.

At 61 years old, I am a divorced father of three daughters-Elise lives in Bloomington, IL; Jessica lives in Olney, IL; and Jennifer lives in Columbus IN. I have two grandchildren Zoey and Eli, and a grandchild on the way.

I believe I am a very relational person. I enjoy being with people; being involved in community activities and organizations. I have a heart for mission and outreach, Bible study, being creative in my preaching and worship styles; working as a team in ministry and administration; and helping church leaders grow and develop.

I enjoy traveling, fishing, golf, walking, bike riding, and most importantly, being a Grandpa!

I am looking forward to this new appointment, and I hope we can serve many years together in ministry for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reverend Charles McDonald