Steve Granadosin

Pastor, effective July 1, 2022

pastor@wesleysst.org

Born in the Philippines, Rev. Steve Granadosin is no stranger to The United Methodist Church as his father, Paul Locke A. Granadosin, served as a bishop of the church in the Philippines from 1968 until his death in 2001. Pastor Steve’s mother is a deaconess specializing in sacred music.

As a lay person, he was music director of his home church from 1993 to 2004 when he was tapped to serve as a lay missioner. He went on to become a local pastor, helping provide El Dios Viviente, a Hispanic ministry in Seattle with a venue for worship services. He was one of four pastors who formed a circuit of pastors that served the church start of the only United Methodist Church in Canada before it was chartered in 2006. As a local pastor, he attended Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago (G-ETS).

In 2009 Pastor Granadosin moved on to obtain a Masters of Divinity degree from G-ETS, graduating near the top of his class. He received the Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Award for Racial Justice and Understanding. While attending Seminary, he helped organize an ecumenical prayer gathering at the Seminary grounds for Muslim and Christian students of Northwestern University. He served as interim local pastor in Frankfort UMC and was an associate pastor of Glenview UMC, both in the Northern Illinois Conference. While there, he was instrumental in raising funds to start the Philippines Central Conference Pension Fund through the General Board of Pensions in 2012.

After graduating, Granadosin began serving in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He organized joint youth gatherings and partnered in ministry with the former Nueva Vida Hispanic ministry in Beardstown, Illinois. He helped provide leadership through the Conference Board of Global Ministries, found and lead Volunteers in Mission teams to the Philippines.

He was ordained in 2016 and by 2017, he was appointed by Bishop Frank Beard as District Superintendent of Spoon River. As of 2022, he supervised 101 churches in that district and in the neighboring Illinois River District. Granadosin is now on his 18th year of ministry.

He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and worked seven years as a network administrator for a Bell Company and was a music minister and choir director for more than 20 years.

He is married to the Rev. Cecilia Granadosin, also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She will be serving at Greenville – Kavanaugh UMC as of July 1, 2022. The Granadosins have three adult children (Amber, Joshua and Isaac); and three grandchildren (Evelyn, Neela and Max.) They will be residing at Sulphur Springs, TX to be closer to family.


Bonnie Gilmer

Church Secretary

secretary@wesleysst.org
 


Joe Clark

Music Director

I was born and raised right here in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where at the age of 12, I was saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. After graduating from SSHS, I studied music at Texas A&M University at Commerce. I became a member of Wesley UMC in 2002 after meeting my wife, Amanda, in 2001. God has placed in me a passion for worship; and as Minister of Music at Wesley UMC, my heart’s desire is to lead His people and others in a joy-filled and sincere worship.


Carol Ann O'Dell

Carol Ann O’Dell

Organist

I started playing organ at Wesley in 1999. We replaced the organ in 2011 with a keyboard to accommodate praise music and to have more instrument options. The worship service has become such a spirit-filled service, and it is my joy to serve with Joe Clark and Mary Ellen Kirkland on the worship team. I feel the spirit move as we prepare for worship each week. Wesley has been our church family in so many ways. The warmth and compassion has grown stronger each year. I have been married to my best friend, Gaylon, for 50 years. We have two daughters and sons-in-law and one precious granddaughter, Evie. We are living our dream in our log home at Lake Fork. I sing with the North East Texas Choral Society. I look forward to meeting you and sharing my Wesley family with you.


Mary Ellen Kirkland

Mary Ellen Kirkland

Accompanist

Greetings! My name is Mary Ellen Kirkland. I am the church pianist, aka ‘the piano lady,’ when someone forgets my name! I have played the piano for Sunday school since the age of 12, and for church services since the age of 15. I have been at Wesley since March 2006. It is a joy to work with the musicians here, to hear the congregational singing, and to be a part of the fellowship which is so strong. My hobbies include reading, flower gardening, bird watching, and playing with my family, especially water sports. My family includes Malcolm, Jana & Danny, and Paul & Kim, and grands, Kaden and Caelyn. We are blessed! Come visit Wesley; you’ll be glad you did!


Joe Clark

Youth Director

I joined the Wesley United Methodist staff as Youth Minister in January 2016. In addition to serving as youth minister, I have served as the Music Minister since 2014. My wife Amanda and I have been married since 2003 and have two children, Ruth and JC. I have a passion for leading youth to discover the Gospel of Jesus Christ through outreach and discipleship. I enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and also enjoys playing the drums and guitar.


Julie Weir

Julie Weir

Nursery Director

Hello! I’m Julie Weir, and I have been the nursery director here at Wesley Methodist since 2002. I’ve been a member at Wesley for 35 years. I am a high school teacher at Como-Pickton, and I have a daughter, Sara, and a son, Steven. I enjoy riding horses with my mother, playing the piano, and reading. All nursery staff have completed Ministry Safe Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. Hope to see you at our church, and remember that Wesley loves kids!


Kara Lane

Kara Lane

Nursery Attendant

Good day! I am Kara Lane. I have been attending Wesley for 15 years and helping in the nursery for over 10 years. I am a kindergarten teacher at North Hopkins ISD. I enjoy reading, spending time with my daughter, Kenna, and going to rodeos! The kids currently in the nursery would love to meet new friends. Your kids will be safe and have fun at Wesley! Hope to see your family at church.


Marieke de Witte

Marieke de Witte

Director of Children’s Ministries

Hi, my name is Marieke de Witte. I was born and raised in the Netherlands. After graduating, I went to work in a hospital for a few years. In the 80s, my husband, Hendrik, and I got married, bought our first dairy and became the parents of our 3 beautiful daughters, Christine, Ria, and Kim. In May 1989, we sold our place, packed our belongings, and moved to Sulphur Springs, TX, where we went right back into dairy business again for the next 20 years. Our neighbors invited us to Wesley UMC and that has been our church-home ever since! Over the years, I’ve spent lots and lots of time with our youth and children, teaching, putting together curriculum, going on mission trips and organizing VBS weeks and other special events. For the last ten years, I’ve been honored to be Wesley’s Children Director. It is my responsibility to make sure that everyone who works with the children completes the Ministry Safe Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training as required by the United Methodist Church. If you can’t find me behind my desk, I’m probably at the church in the Children’s Wing where Wesley provides a room for Little Acorn Preschool, a ministry of Wesley UMC. There I have the privilege to teach our toddlers. Hope to have a chance to meet you soon!