Steve Wingert, Pastor



A little bit of history

Steve was born and raised in Olney, then went to Greenville College where he majored in music.  After Greenville he worked a brief time in the Olney Free Methodist Church as youth and music minister before pursuing a short career in the music industry.  God had different plans and called him back into the ministry; this time as music and youth pastor at the Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, In.  It was in Bloomington that he met Liesl who was a student at Indiana University.  They married and during their 9 years there were blessed with the births of Zach and Tanner.  In 1994 they accepted a call to move to the Free Methodist Church in Clay City, In. where they served for 7 years and Josh was born.  In 2001 they came back to Illinois to pastor here.  Cali became a part of their family in 2008.  Along the way Liesl earned her Master’s degree in healthcare administration and Steve earned his in leadership and ministry.  Their lives have been blessed by meeting and ministering to wonderful people wherever they have served.


Currently, Liesl works for Richland Memorial Hospital.  Zach lives in Olney and works for AM Transport.  Tanner is a student at USI-Evansville.  Josh is a senior at East Richland High School and Cali is in second grade.



Steve listens to all types of music, from baroque to jazz and continues to play trumpet.  He likes to ride his bike (pedal), do simple woodworking, fish and spend time in the woods and near the water.  He also has a love/hate relationship with a 1980 MGB convertible (if you have ever owned one, you will understand).


Steve is driven by a belief that as individuals and communities of believers we are called to live our lives in such a way that people are attracted and drawn to wanting to begin and develop a relationship with Christ.