Wesley United Methodist Church is currently hiring an Organist and Hand Bell Choir Director. Please see below for the job descriptions and information about how to apply.



POSITION TYPE: Salaried, quarter time

HOURS:  Varies as needed; two Sundays off included as part of two weeks paid vacation annually.

SALARY RANGE: $10,000-12,000 /year depending on qualifications.

SUMMARY:  Services as soloist and accompanist for choir, congregation, and soloists and all rehearsals for such.

INSTRUMENT The Wesley Sanctuary has a 1925 Skinner organ, originally installed in Smith Hall at the University of Illinois. More details can be found here.


Accomplished performer on both organ and piano. Organist should accompany a broad spectrum of choral and vocal works with stylistic fluency, demonstrate a good foundation for hymnody, and commit to using a wide variety of sacred music repertoire. He or she is capable of adapting choral accompaniment generally written for the piano to the organ, play from open vocal scores and display proficiency in re-harmonization, modulation, transposition, and have improvisational skills.


  • Provide voluntaries, liturgical music, and accompaniment for congregational singing and the choir for Sunday morning and other scheduled services of the church year. Provide accompaniment for choir concert performances outside of worship services in consultation with the Director of Choral Music. Arrange for qualified substitute organists if needed.
  • Provide accompaniment for choir rehearsals and for rehearsals and performances by soloists/ensembles, as scheduled by the Director of Choral Music. When needed, accompany children/youth choirs for worship services and special programs.
  • Attend weekly leadership team meeting to plan worship collaboratively and tie together elements of Scripture, sermon themes, hymns, voluntaries, etc.
  • Be available to play for weddings, funeral/memorial services, and other occasional services as requested. The organist has right of first refusal in relation to weddings and funeral/memorial services.
  • In consultation with the Director of Choral Music, seek out and encourage instrumental participation from congregational volunteers, with special attention to children, youth, and students.
  • Serve as the lead staff representative on the Organ Committee, and be available for consultation as needed with the Worship Committee Property and Church Trustees on organ acoustical, and related matters. Cooperate with the Director of Choral Music and with lay members of these groups to advocate for music education and music related projects in the church.
  • The Wesley organist is encouraged to participate in master classes, workshops, and conventions for advancement in the area of organ and sacred music.

SUPERVISION  The organist is responsible to the Director of Choral Music for Traditional Worship, and to the Pastors.

Audition Sheet 

The following are the minimum requirements. Additional requests may be made by the committee at the time of the audition. Practice arrangements can be made through Donna Giffen at the Wesley Church office by calling 217-344-1120 or emailing donna@wesleyui.org.

  1. Organ literature:  Prepare three pieces for organ, each one at least five minutes in  length from three different time periods.
  2. Hymn playing: Prepare one hymn of your choice for congregational singing. The committee will choose at least two hymns for you to play during the audition. Transpositions and singable  reharmonizations are welcome.
  3. Accompanying choral literature: The candidate will have an opportunity to interact in an accompanying forum with a chamber choir under the direction of Dr. Barrington Coleman, Director.

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Organist Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801


Hand Bell Choir Director

POSITION TYPE:  Part-time, salaried

HOURS:  Vary

SALARY: $1,700-1,800/year depending on qualifications.

SUMMARY:  Provide leadership for the hand bell choir, and prepare and conduct performances at worship services and special occasions.


Musical experience of conducting, instrumental understanding so as to be able to teach others, and experience playing in a hand bell choir are preferred.


  • Run regularly scheduled rehearsals.
  • Choose, organize, and assign bells for the music to be played.
  • Teach new members to play hand bells.
  • Recruit new hand bell choir members to fill vacant spots as needed.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with worship music staff to determine dates for playing in worship service.
  • Purchase new music and equipment for use by the hand bell choir if necessary.
  • Teach and supervise polishing hand bells by the group as needed.

SUPERVISION: The Hand Bell Choir Director reports directly to the Senior Pastor/Director.

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Handbell Choir Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801


Director of Christian Education and Youth


Hours: 20 Hours a Week

Summary: The Director of Christian Education and Youth has the responsibility for planning and carrying out all major Christian Education activities in the Wesley Church. This includes developing programming and staffing for Sunday morning Sunday Schools (for ages 3-18) at both the 9:30 and 11:00 hours, with different experiences being offered during each hour. The Director also has the responsibility for planning and carrying out activities for youth from middle school through high school. This includes regular youth group meetings, work trips, retreats or youth get-togethers, service projects, special events (Easter Sunrise Service and Hanging of the Greens), recruiting inactive and new youth, and acting as a mentor to the youth of the church.


  1. An enthusiastic disciple of Christ willing to commit to the United Methodist Church and its mission.
  2. Christian education and/or youth ministry experience.
  3. Experience working with all age levels including teaching youth or children.
  4. An effective communicator


  1. Direct the Christian Education and Youth Ministry of the church.
  2. Plan agenda with the Sunday School Coordinator and attend monthly meetings of the Education team.
  3. Develop Christian Education opportunities for adult groups 2-3 times a year in cooperation with the Associate pastor and Discipleship committee.
  4. Be a team player, willing to work with the rest of the Wesley staff in a cooperative manner. Attend regular staff meetings if possible.
  5. Support persons involved in your areas when they are in the hospital or at other times of special need.
  6. Communicate with parents and be available to parents (to problem solve.)
  7. Be on site most Sunday mornings.
  8. Review curriculum, equipment and supplies and provide for timely ordering and maintenance.
  9. Communicate, plan and calendar with Sunday School Coordinator.
  10. Fundraise for work trip activities and responsibly manage your budget areas.
  11. Prepare publicity related to your areas for the church newsletter, bulletins, website, and other media sources.
  12. Actively encourage youth to participate, relate to the needs and style of the youth, and help them explore Christ’s plan for their lives.
  13. Serve as an available resource to nursery care staff on Sunday mornings.

Supervision: The Director of Christian Education and Youth reports to the Senior Pastor

Please send resume, references, and a cover letter addressing your experience to: employment@wesleyui.org or

Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois
att’n: Director of Christian Education and Youth Search Committee
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801