Meet Our Staff
Pastor - Terri Haas
Pastor Terri Haas grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Music Education. She taught middle school chorus, drama, and dance for five years before realizing that God was calling her to a different path. She worked full time as the Director of Music at Community United Methodist Church in Fruitland Park, FL where she received her call into pastoral ministry. She attended Boston University School of Theology where she graduated in 2016 with a Master’s of Divinity. While there, she met with two District Superintendents from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and agreed to move sight unseen to the Midwest! She has served at Salem Trinity United Methodist Church and at Iuka United Methodist Church and is now happy to be serving in Tuscola.
Administrative & Financial Secretary - Lora Zimmer
After several years in the banking industry, I joined the staff of TUMC in 2007. My husband, Rodney, and I have two children who keep us busy with their activities. My least favorite part of my job is trying to manage the church calendar – TUMC is a very happenin’ place! But my favorite part of my job is getting to know all the people who are a part of TUMC – I feel like they are part of my extended family!
Children’s Choir Director - Johanna Steffens
My name is Johanna Steffens, and I am so excited to be starting my first year as the Children’s Choir Director, newly renamed Kids JAM. I am a lifelong member of Tuscola United Methodist Church and so happy to have the opportunity to give something back by spreading joy and music. I live in Tuscola with my husband, Grant, and our 3 children: Julianne, Jett, and Joslynn. I am a proud Tuscola teacher and Director of Drama at Tuscola Community High School. I am looking forward to sharing my love of performing with the kids at TUMC!
Praise Band/Sanctuary Choir Director - Jeannie Craddock
Jeannie Craddock has been an active member of TUMC for 31 years, is a Sunday Service Musician, and is the director of the Praise Band and the Sanctuary Choir. She was “raised on the organ bench” with her mom being a church organist and choir director. Jeannie began singing in church at the young age of 6. In addition, she is the Director of Choirs for East Prairie Middle School and Tuscola High School in Tuscola, IL. During her 31 years there, she has expanded the choral programs from 3 to 4 choirs while routinely receiving awards for Best of the Day performances at IHSA & IESA contests. Jeannie is also the Director and choreographer for Tuscola High School Spring Musical. Active in the community, she has been the Logistics Chairperson and Mistress of Ceremonies for the Douglas County Relay for Life for several years.
Jeannie grew up in the Chicago area and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Education from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Arts degree in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance from Eastern Illinois University, and has also studied voice with Wilma Osheim at the Chicago Lyric Opera and Ronald Hedlund at the University of Illinois. Jeannie has performed with the Decatur Park Singers, the C-U BACH Society, and the C-U Chorale, and has judged contests, pageants, talent shows, and show choir competitions throughout the state. Jeannie was the guest conductor for the Junior High Festival Choir in Herscher, IL, ILMEA Vocal Jazz Choirs in Districts 2, 3, 5 and 6, 8, and a Junior High Treble Choir in District 8. As the former ILMEA All-State Chairman for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, she was the ILMEA District 5 Vocal Jazz Representative for 25+ years.
Jeannie is a member of ILMEA/MENC, Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Fraternity, and Chi Omega Fraternity. She is also a member and president of the Tuscola Education Association. Jeannie and her husband, Dan, live in Tuscola and have 2 children: Rachel, who lives in Washington DC, and Jacob, a freshmen at ISU.