Meet the Troy UMC Staff Team

Rev. Dr. Andy Adams

Rev. Dr. Andy Adams

Senior Pastor
As the chief shepherd of Troy UMC, Andy preaches, leads the staff, and works with administrative leadership teams to set the vision and direction of the church’s ministries. Andy has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury. Andy has lived most his life in Champaign, IL, where he helped plant a church. Besides being a sci-fi nerd (think Trekkie) and board game geek, Andy loves vacationing with his wife, Amy Jo, and two children, Andrew and Anna.
Rev. Dan Perry

Rev. Dan Perry

Care Pastor
Dan oversees care ministry – visiting those who are sick or shut-in, sending cards, supplying meals and baby baskets, and more. Dan has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and a BA in Music Education from Millikin University. Dan has served in churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois and is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Rivers of Life Clergy Band. Dan currently resides in Decatur, IL, with his wife, Carol – they have two adult children, Liz and Matt.
Rev. Kurt Stone

Rev. Kurt Stone

Associate Pastor–Student Ministry
Kurt serves students and their families through Troy UMC’s New Life Student Ministry. He leads Sunday morning classes, Wednesday night youth group, special events, annual Confirmation Class, and summer programs and mission trips. Kurt has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville and an MDiv from Saint Paul School of Theology. Kurt and his wife, Linda, have four children–Elizabeth, Rachel, Grace, and Daniel–and are both musky hunters. Kurt and Linda placed 3rd in the 2019 Women’s and 2019 Men’s Divisions for muskies caught at Lake St. Clair, Ontario.
Tim Price

Tim Price

Minister of Modern Worship Arts
Tim organizes the worship team for the 9 and 10:45 services and oversees the worship leaders, tech team, Sunday morning hospitality, and other areas of service. Tim has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and a BA in Organizational Communication from McKendree University. Tim lives in Troy with his wife, Suzanne, and two daughters, Ruby and Macy, but loves to travel – he has visited 47 states and six countries.
Emily Ottwein

Emily Ottwein

Director of Traditional Worship Arts
Emily coordinates and directs music and drama for Troy UMC’s traditional worship services. She has undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Psychology and Masters degrees in Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance, and Business Administration. Emily has a son, Benjamin, and directs the choir program at Edwardsville High School. She loves choir because it’s an art created in community.
Christine Lippert

Christine Lippert

Director of Children's Ministry
Christine plans, develops, and oversees all aspects of Troy UMC’s children’s ministry, designed to nurture children’s faith in Jesus. She also plans children’s events, including Rise Up Family Easter and VBS. Christine has her degree in Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Studies from Ohio Christian University and is currently working towards her MDiv at Eden Theological Seminary. Christine lives in Smithton with her husband, Kevin, and three children – Patrick, Camden, and Amelia. When not road-tripping or gardening, Christine can be found watching Formula 1 racing.
Anna Belmonte

Anna Belmonte

Director of Communications
Anna is responsible for Troy UMC’s internal and external communications, including social media, print media, newsletters, and the website. Anna has a BA in Professional Writing and Rhetoric from McKendree University. She comes from a homeschooling Air Force family of eight and currently lives in O’Fallon. In her free time, Anna likes to take long walks, listen to podcasts, and cuddle with her calico cat.
Lisa Rayle

Bonnie Abel

Minister of Discipleship
Bonnie is called to walk alongside others as they navigate their personal journey with Jesus and is passionate about serving the church and community in tangible ways. Bonnie has a BA in Social Work from Greenville College and an MA in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary – she is working toward her MDiv at Eden Theological Seminary. As a preacher’s kid, Bonnie has moved 18 times throughout her life but currently lives in Belleville with her son, Micah, and a Pomeranian named Jude. 
Clint Benesh

Clint Benesh

St. Jacob Ministry Leader
Clint leads St. Jacob ministry and young adult ministry. He also directs the high school worship band and participates in the Troy UMC worship team. Clint has his undergraduate degree in Youth Ministry Leadership from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and is working toward his MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. Besides leading worship and youth, Clint loves to watch hockey games. Clint, his wife Tina, and their two children, Barrett and Delaney, live in St. Jacob.
Bonnie Abel

Lisa Rayle

1st Step Learning Center Director 
Lisa oversees Troy UMC’s preschool, 1st Step Learning Center, and manages administration. She supervises teachers and aides and works with the Preschool Board. Lisa has an extensive background in childcare. Originally from San Diego, Lisa came from a Navy family and married into a Navy family. She and her husband, David, now live in Troy and have three children (Jessica, Samantha, and Christopher), four grandkids, and a foster grandbaby. Lisa loves to spend summer vacation with her family in Florida.
Sharie Meyer

Sharie Meyer

Office Manager
Sharie oversees the daily operations of the church office and facility, supervises the office administrator and custodians, and more. Originally from Belleville, Sharie graduated from Belleville Township High School West. After living in Greenville, she and her husband, Mark, now live in Glen Carbon. Sharie loves the classics – Gone with the Wind, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.
Courtney Bettis

Courtney Bettis

Administrative Assistant
Courtney provides office and administrative support to the Troy UMC staff. Courtney has a degree in Mathematical Studies from SIUe and a teaching certificate for high school math – she’s currently working toward teaching certificates for middle school math and science. From Swansea, Courtney loves to travel and cheer on the St. Louis Blues.
Sharie Meyer

Mike Rogier

Accompanist
Mike is the accompanist for the traditional worship services and choirs at Troy UMC and has been providing music for worship for more than 40 years. He has Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Physics and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Education from SIUe. A native of Troy, Mike studied piano privately for 10 years and took private organ lessons for five years. Mike, his wife, Dynette, and their children – Joel and Lydia – are a musical family and often lead worship together.