This Month's Spotlight
Jim Parry has been coming to Osco for almost forty-five years now. He volunteers as an usher. Jim came to Osco because someone asked him to come. His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 and his favorite books of the Bible is the New Testament.
Jim has been a Christian for thirty to forty years . He was introduced to Christ by his family. Jim has been married for fifty years and has two kids along with his wife, Linda. Jim is a retired math teacher for Orion middle school and is their athletic director and a coach for the school as well.
Jim’s hobbies are coaching, his favorite food is steak, and his favorite book is the Bible. Jim’s favorite movie is “American Sniper” and he lives in Orion, Illinois.
Linda has been attending Osco Community Church with her husband, Jim, since 1985. They have been married for 50 years and have two children, Tim and Jodi. Linda volunteers in the Senior Citizen’s Ministry, and the Women’s Ministry. Before she cut the number back, she used to help out in the nursery, Sunday School, and other ministries as well.
Jim and Linda live in Orion, where Linda enjoys reading, playing solitaire, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Her favorite food is pizza, and her favorite movie is “God’s Not Dead”. She loves to read anything by Max Lucado, and K-Love would be considered her preferred music taste. Her favorite sport to watch is basketball, and the baseball teams she roots for are the Dodgers and the Cubs.
Linda came to know Christ as her Savior when she was in fifth grade. One Sunday at church, the message finally clicked for her and she was baptized soon after. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” If she could summarize her life in three words, Linda would choose: loving, trusting, and grateful.
Previous Volunteer Spotlights
Crista Downing by Makenzie Johnston
Crista has been attending Osco Community Church for eight years, along with her husband, Zane, whom she’s been married to for seventeen years. They have two daughters, Kendra and Emily. Crista volunteers wherever there’s a need, such as VBS, Sunday School, serving committees, and the parenting class that gets together during Awana on Wednesday nights. She truly came to know Jesus after she started coming to Osco for church, where she began learning what the Bible actually says, versus what the world says.
Her hobbies include reading, canning, and taking care of her family. Together, they enjoy hiking, farming, movie nights, and spending time doing just about anything. Her favorite memories from high school are being a good athlete in basketball and in track, where she even went to State. Crista’s favorite foods are pizza and potato soup, and her favorite colors are red and different shades of blue.
The most important lesson Crista has learned is to always trust in Jesus. Knowing God is in control over everything was very comforting to her when her mom passed away. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8, which says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Matt Carlson by Kai Johnston
Matt Carlson has been coming to Osco for almost two years. He volunteers as the Awana commander, and in the men’s ministry. Matt volunteers because it serves the church and the Body of Christ.
Matt has been a Christian for three and-a-half years. Coming to men’s ministries and Bible studies helped his decision to become a Christian.
Matt and his wife, Dawn, have been married 12 years and have four kids: Landon, Lynsey, Briella, and Brycen. He is employed by John Deere as a parts forecaster.
Matt’s favorite colors are red and black, and his favorite food is his wife’s homemade pizza. His favorite book is called “Shepherding a Childs Heart”. His favorite movie is “Christmas Vacation”, Matt’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:7. Some of Matt’s hobbies include house projects and Men’s softball.
Benjamin Johnston by Makenzie Johnston
Benjamin has been attending Osco Community Church since he was a child with his parents. He currently volunteers in Music Ministry, substitutes with Jennifer Johnston, and will be doing nursery in the future. His job is with Tri City Electric Company, working with electronic security systems in commercial and industrial environments.
Ben has been married to Jennifer Johnston for fifteen years, and they have eight children. His favorite memories are ones with his friends and trips with his family. His favorite color is black, and his favorite food is GOOD cheeseburgers. His music taste falls into the rock genre, and he has been a member of over eleven different bands, including Osco’s worship team.
For hobbies, Ben enjoys guns, guitar, and creating unique pieces of furniture out of wood and metal. He is a coffee addict, though he prefers to think of himself as a coffee enthusiast. His favorite place to visit is New York City, and he would like to visit Seoul, South Korea, and different cities in Europe.
Keith Hoste by Kai Johnston
Keith Hoste has been coming to Osco church for five years now. He has volunteered for about four years. Keith volunteers in children’s ministry, Awana, and the men’s ministry. He became a Christian in the 4th grade.
Keith’s hobbies are do- it- yourself house projects, reading, and wood working. His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is steak.
His job is a shop manager for an industrial contractor. Keith has been married for twelve years. He and his wife, Heidi, have five kids and live in Cambridge, Illinois.
Joe Perry by Kai Johnston
Joe Perry has been attending Osco for about seventeen years. A man named Michael Trowbridge invited him and his sister one year. Joe has been volunteering for 4-5 years. He volunteers in Music, Nursery, and church projects.
Joe’s job is an I.T. Specialist. His favorite color is blue, his favorite food is Chinese food, and his favorite book is called “Freakonomics”. Some of Joe’s hobbies are guitar, shooting, and electronics.
Joe was introduced to Christ by counselors at a summer Bible camp. Joe and his wife, Krysta, have three kids and they have been married for nine years. Joe’s favorite Bible verse is 1st John 4:19 which says, “We love him, because he first loved us”.
Krysta currently lives in Andover with her husband, Joe, and three children, Kacie, Collin, and Connor. They have been attending Osco Community Church for about three and a half years now. Krysta volunteers in Women’s Ministry. She enjoys getting together with women of all ages to work through a topic together.
When asked whether she prefers coffee or tea, Krysta replied that she would rather have hot chocolate or apple cider. For hobbies, she enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, and cooking. Her favorite music to listen to is rock, such as Reliant K, and she also likes Casting Crowns. Her favorite season is summer, and her favorite colors are black and white. White Christmas is her favorite movie to watch.
When Krysta was growing up she wanted to be either a teacher, or a fashion designer. She now enjoys watching her daughter design clothes like she used to do. The most important thing Krysta wants people to know about her is that she loves her husband and her kids.
Andrea White by Makenzie Johnston
Andrea White has been attending Osco Church for about seven years. Her best friend’s mom was a pastor when Andrea wasn’t a Christian, which resulted in her getting dragged to church a couple times before the truth finally hit home. She volunteers in 2’s & 3’s and Cubbies, her favorite part is watching the little kids smile. Currently, she lives in Andover with her husband, Lance.
Andrea works at Sam’s Club and a gas station. Her favorite movie is Disney’s “Hercules”, and her favorite book series is “Harry Potter”. Her preferred color is purple, and she loves sushi. When Andrea was growing up she wanted to be an author. Her hobbies are playing (saxophone, piano, ukulele) and singing, reading, and playing video games. When asked what the most important thing she wants people to know about her, Andrea made finger guns and said, “That I’m cool!”
Richard Vedvik by Kai Johnston
Richard Vedvik has been coming to Osco for three years. He and his family came to Osco because of his wife, Beth. He has volunteered for three years as well. Richard volunteers in the sound and video department.
Richard was led to Christ when he started coming to Osco by Pastor Bob Ahlberg. Richard has one sister and is an uncle. He and his wife, Beth, have been married sixteen years. He has two daughters, Tori, who is eleven and Miranda, who is nine.
His favorite food is steak and his favorite color is metallic grey. Richard follows football and his favorite team is the Green Bay Packers.
Amy Kayser by Makenzie Johnston
Amy Kayser lives in Orion with her husband, Aaron, and two chidren, Eli and Abi. She volunteers in Music Ministry, Women’s Bible Sudy, Young Adults Sunday School, Awana, and the Awana Parenting Class. She likes volunteering because it’s exciting to see other’s get excited about Jesus.
Amy’s favorite color is purple, favorite movie is “The Last of the Mohicans”, favorite book is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, and favorite food is pizza. She grew up wanting to be an English Professor, and is currently a track coach, substitute teacher, and a mom. Her hobbies include walking, lifting weights, and baking (especially pies). Her favorite place to visit is the outer banks in North Carolina.
Her parents brought Amy up to know Christ, and she accepted Him into her life in preschool. The most important thing she wants people to know about her is that she is nothing without Jesus, and she’s trying to follow Him.
Aaron Kayser by Kai Johnston
Aaron Kayser has been coming to Osco church for fifteen, almost sixteen years. He lives in Orion, Illinois. Aaron volunteers as a teacher, with Awana, and as a Pastor Prayer Partner. He became a Christian by being a counselor at Camp Timberlee.
Aaron’s hobbies are writing, watching and playing sports, and watching movies. His favorite sports teams are the St. Louise Cardinals and the Detroit Lions. Aarons favorite movie is Batman, The Dark Night. His favorite books are the Circle Trilogy. His favorite food is shish kabobs. Aaron, and his wife, Amy, have two kids named Eli and Abi.
Kelly Akers by Kai Johnston
Kelly Akers and her family have been coming to Osco now for eight years. She has volunteered for seven years. Kelly volunteers as a Sunday school teacher, youth group activities, and VBS. She volunteers because she feels called. Kelly has been a Christian since she was ten years old.
Kelly’s favorite color is green her favorite food are tacos, her favorite sport is volleyball. Kelly and her husband, Tom, have been married for twenty-one years and have four children. Her favorite past time is reading.
Tobi Henschel by Makenzie Johnston
Tobi Henschel lives in the tiny town of Osco with her husband, Paul, and three sons, Caleb, David, and Luke. She volunteers in Sunday School, Awana, Women’s ministry, general support of Paul, and is the Children’s ministry coordinator. Children’s ministry is a passion of hers. Women’s ministry hasn’t always been a passion, but she was asked and wanted to do it. Her favorite part about volunteering is getting to know the people around her better.
Tobi accepted Christ at a young age when a guest speaker visited her church’s youth group. The speaker asked who had asked Jesus into their heart. She was curious and wanted to know more.
Tobi’s favorite type of movie is superhero/action, her favorite food is ice cream, and her favorite place to visit is St. Louis. Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, and being silly with her sons.
TOM AKERS by Kai Johnston
Tom Akers and his family have been coming to Osco for seven or eight years now. He chose Osco because of the opportunity there. Tom and his wife, Kelly, have volunteered since they came. Tom volunteers as a Sunday school teacher, church van driver, youth group leader, and with VBS. He volunteers because he loves Jesus and its fun.
Tom and his wife have been married for twenty-one years and the live in Cambridge. They have four kids. His favorite food is every kind. His favorite colors are pastels. He is into music, and his favorite past time is writing. Tom’s favorite sport is baseball, and his favorite team is the Atlanta Braves.
MICHELLE BETCHER by Makenzie Johnston
Michelle Betcher has been attending Osco Community Church since fifth grade. She volunteers in Awana, handles the Osco Church’s finances, is the Missions Secretary, and takes attendance every Sunday morning. Besides enjoying Math and watching children change and grow, she knows that God led her to these areas. Her favorite part about serving is seeing the kids in Awana get excited about finishing a section.
Michelle lives in Cambridge. She is a Human Resource Specialist. One of her hobbies is collecting Holly Hobby dolls. Her favorite color is blue, favorite singer is Michael W. Smith, and favorite book series is Little House on the Prairie. Michelle was led to the Lord by her brother and sister, and her favorite food is shrimp.
ELMA "MOOCH" GAY by Kai Johnston
Mooch Gay has been going to Osco church now for seven and a half years. Mooch volunteers in teaching Sunday School, Awana, and helping in the kitchen, and has been volunteering for as long as she has been here at Osco. What she remembers most about volunteering is how important it is. She will keep volunteering for as long as she can. Mooch and her husband, Dennis, have been married for forty-two years and live in Andover, Illinois. Mooch has two daughters. One lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, the other lives in Andover, Illinois. She has eight grandchildren, six boys and two girls. Some of her favorite things to do include, swimming, biking, reading, and traveling.
HEIDI HOSTE by Kai Johnston
Heidi Hoste has been coming to Osco Church now for four years. She has volunteered for three years. She volunteers in the worship band, children’s committee, nursery, and the kids choir.
Heidi was led to Christ by a Christian kids’ camp leader when she was nine years old. She has six siblings. Heidi decided to come to Osco because she wanted to be involved with her community.
Heidi’s favorite foods are hamburgers and fries, her favorite color is red; she likes gymnastics. She and her husband, Keith, have five kids. She got into music because when she was little her family always sang songs. Heidi has been doing music for as long as she can remember. Her favorite instrument is the piano.
DENNIS PETERSON by Kai Johnston
Denny Peterson has been coming to Osco for about forty years. He has been volunteering now for thirty years. Denny volunteers in the praise team, as a Sunday school teacher, and in Awana. His occupation is a farmer. His favorite food is burritos.
Some of his hobbies are biking, playing music, and watching baseball. Denny’s favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. Every January he goes to Texas to visit his daughter & son-in-law and four grandkids. He has five children and eight grandchildren. He was born in Moline, IL. Denny has no pets. He served in the army reserves. Denny was led to Christ by an anonymous friend
CANDY SNOOK by Makenzie Johnston
Candy Snook has been attending Osco Community Church all her life. She volunteers in the nursery and women’s Bible studies because she loves babies, and has a passion for women to know the Lord. Her favorite thing about volunteering is having a lap full of babies, and watching women grow in their faith.
Candy’s hobbies include reading and playing flute/piano. Her favorite book is Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke, her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice, and her favorite band is Rend Collective. Green is her preferred color, and her favorite food is fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. When she was a child she wanted to be a nurse and a mom, which is what she currently is.
Candy will be celebrating her twentieth wedding anniversary with Wade Snook in August. They live in Cambridge with their five sons: Carter, Victor, Taylor, Tucker, and Gunner.
ROBIN TUTTLE by Makenzie Johnston
Robin Tuttle has been attending Osco Community Church since 1986, and has been serving in various areas from that time as well. She started volunteering in the two-three year old age group because there was a need and her children were around that age. Two’s and Three’s is her favorite area to serve in, and she loves it when kids who used to be in her classroom still give her hugs.
Robin’s hobbies include walking, planning lessons, and reading; her favorite book is The Little Princess. Her favorite color is purple, and her favorite movie is While You Were Sleeping. She lives in Orion with her husband, Scott Tuttle, and her children are Jessica, Susan, and Michael.
CHUCK TUTTLE - by Kai Johnston
Chuck Tuttle has been going to Osco now for forty-five years. He volunteers with the food pantry, Awana, and as an usher. He has volunteered with the food pantry and Awana for ten years now. The reason he volunteers is because God wants us to help others.
Chuck became a Christian in 1972. He and his wife Vera have been married for sixty-four years and have two children. He has six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. They have lived in Florida, Indiana, Colorado, and Illinois.
Chuck’s main hobby is sports. He enjoys baseball and his favorite team is the Pittsburgh Pirates. He and his wife enjoy eating out together and Christian concerts.
LISA UHLRY by Makenzie Johnston
Lisa Uhlry has been attending Osco Community Church for eight years. She volunteers in Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, and the Women’s retreats because that’s where she feels God has led her. It excites her to teach something new to a child and watch them get excited about it. Her favorite memory from serving is when the kids she taught in VBS carried a wooden cross on their backs.
Dan Uhlry is Lisa’s husband and they have been married for almost fifteen years. Lisa runs a daycare for children at her home in Cambridge. She used to attend Calvary Chapel and was lead to the Lord by the elder’s wives, pastor’s wives, and a women’s retreat that changed her life.
Lisa enjoys riding her bike, playing tennis, watching Football, and watching her son, Josh, play sports. Her favorite color is red and her favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. Some of her favorite bands/musicians are Hillsong United, Jeremy Camp, Journey, and she loves 70’s music. Her favorite restaurant is In-N-Out burgers based in California, where she used to live.
DIANA WALLACE by Makenzie Johnston
Diana Wallace has been attending Osco Community Church for her entire life. She volunteers in Awana, Sunday school, and the ladies’ Bible studies. When asked why she serves, she answered that God has impressed it upon her. He has greatly impacted her life, and she loves telling about Him because it helps her grow in her faith. Diana hasn’t put a limit on her time volunteering because it never ends. The areas she serves in might change someday, but she has no plans to stop.
Diana lives on an old farm south of Geneseo with her husband, Fred Wallace. The couple has been married for thirty-eight years. They have four children whose names are Eric, Andy, Scott, and Audrey.
Diana’s hobbies include baking, reading (Historical fiction, nonfiction, and mysteries), gardening, and biking. Her favorite movie is How the West Was Won, and her favorite books are the Bible, Nightingale, and The Chronicles of Narnia.