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.

Director of Children Youth and Family Ministry - Cheryl Warren

Cheryl has lived in Tuscola for over 25 years with her husband and 2 children. Her children are Ariel, 23, and Aaron, 19. Cheryl has been a member of the church for almost 3 years and is a member of the Sanctuary Choir. Cheryl is a retired Day Care Provider of 20 years. She worked at RISE Behavioral Health and Wellness for 10 years as a PSR Coordinator and Outpatient Mental Health Counselor, and she specialized in Geriatric Mental Health. Cheryl is  a Certified Domestic Violence Professional and  a Certified Recovery Support Specialist through the State of Illinois Certification Board.

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys her animals, bike riding, and camping. She also serves on the  Eastern Illinois University Wesley Foundation Board of Directors. Cheryl is committed to teaching our children at our church and in the community to love and grow with God as the future of our church is our children.

Administrative Secretary - Sarah Evans

Sarah grew up in Danville, IL and recently moved to Tuscola in July, 2020 with her wife, Chelsie, and 2 children, Nathan and Alexis. She grew up in the church alongside her grandma in the Danville area. Like some of us, life took her down a path, and she thought she lost her faith. But in the long run, it was just God’s way of showing her just how strong she truly was. Sarah found her faith again when she joined St James Methodist Church in Danville, IL. Then COVID happened, and she moved. She had amazing support with her pastors there. After moving to Tuscola, God led her to her family in faith right here at Tuscola United Methodist Church. Sarah has previously worked for AT&T and Verizon and has extensive knowledge of technology. If she doesn’t know something, she will figure it out. Sarah enjoys crafting in her spare time and spending time with her family doing various things such as camping, fishing, and traveling. She has a goal to travel as much as she possibly can.

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.