Welcome Pastor Paul Simpkins
I'm Paul Simpkins. It is an honor to have been appointed to the Paxton First United Methodist Church as your full time interim pastor. This comes after retirement in July 1998 as an active UMC minister, serving for 39 years. You have been so gracious and kind in your welcome. Thank you.
Upon retirement we moved to Rantoul to be near family. Our two youngest daughters stayed in Rantoul when we moved to serve St John's UMC in Edwardsville, IL.
I was born in Peoria. My family lived in Mackinaw, IL. There I attended all 12 years of Public School. It was my intention to become a machinist at Caterpillar by taking their apprentice course. A down turn in the economy changed those plans. Then I enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington preparing for ministry. Following college it was off to Garrett Theological Seminary at North Western University in Evanston preparing for ordination. After serving churches for a few years I entered a doctoral program of the Schools of Theology in Dubuque, IA.
Churches we served are in the following Illinois towns: Downs, Gridley, Saunemin, Coal City, Bushnell, Bradley, Rantoul, Edwardsville and Fairfield. We have treasured memories from each of these appointments. There are persons of faith in those churches and our lives have been enriched by them. It certainly feels like God blessed us as we sought to serve.
My wife Pat (Patricia Ann) and I were married for 51 years before she died in August 2009. We have five children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. After retirement we traveled a lot. We spent one winter living in south San Diego County California. We collected Hall China teapots, coffee pots and all the side dishes to go along. We participated in collector car events through the Illini
Collector Car Club. Both of us served as officers in the club.
8:00 AM Early Worship
9:00 AM Fellowship Time
9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Late Worship