Rev. Stanley Evans is the oldest of 9 children born to Marsh and Jessie Evans of Wynne, Arkansas. Of the six boys born to this union, five are pastors and preachers. Graduating from Wynne Senior High in 1973, Rev. Evans enlisted in the U.S. Army. After finishing three years of active duty, he was accepted into Paine College, Augusta, Georgia. Desiring to be closer to family he transferred to Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Evans graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.
Desiring to complete his Masters of Divinity Degree, Rev. Evans enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Attending school year round, Rev. Evans was able to complete his Masters Degree in two years.
Rev. Evans has been a Servant/Pastor of the church for 38 years, and has served the church in numerous places. He considers himself to be a hands-on kind of Pastor, and believes that collaboration and team work are key to having a successful ministry. He also believes recognizing and using the gifts and talents of others helps the church to grow. Rev. Evans is very passionate about an Intercessory style of Ministry, a strong family ministry, a powerful prayer ministry, and outreach.
Rev. Evans is married to Karen Shackelford-Evans, and they are proud parents of 2 daughters, Racquese and KiAna, and four grandchildren, Jarai, Alexia, and Destiney, and Zoe.
Michael Callahan – I have been a church music professional for over 20 years. I received my B.A. from Western Illinois in Applied Music (Voice Performance) and also studied at West Virginia University. I direct LifeBEAT, Inspire Choir, Bethel Wesley Bell Choir and Chancel Choir. I’m also an actor (It’s A Mystery, Genesius Guild, Opera Quad Cities), composer, author, photographer, and playwright (two-time winner in the Quad- City Playwright Festival). I believe choir at Bethel Wesley is first and foremost about the loving community, sharing our love, and giving God heartfelt worship and praise. The people and the sense of community I find at Bethel Wesley have been inspirational to me as an artist and to my life as a Christian.
Amie Callahan – I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and also studied at West Virginia University. I have been playing piano at different churches for over 25 years. I also teach piano privately and serve as accompanist with Davenport Schools, various theater organizations and Hersong. Additionally, I am a La Leche League Leader, gardener, and the go-to fix-it person at home or at our small farm. Bethel Wesley is a place where I enjoy sharing my talents and encouraging others to develop theirs.
Kara Ade – I received my BSN in nursing from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL. Besides serving as the Parish Nurse at Bethel Wesley, I enjoy leading the Youth Group and providing health education for our members. My husband and I are also active in volunteering for United Marriage Encounter. I believe a partnership between the congregation and community health ministries will promote health education and wellness of body, mind, and spirit.
Recently the United Methodist Women recognized Kara’s contributions by presenting her with the Special Mission Recognition award.
Office, Custodial, Nursery Staff
TREASURERS – Joyce Hein and Pat Gustafson
CUSTODIAN – Tina Thomason
GROUNDS KEEPER – Bryn Callahan