Pastoral Staff


Rev. Gary Mottamotta-gary-42


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Directing Pastor

Rev. Gary Motta was appointed the Directing Pastor at the Morton United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2012.  He has served United Methodist churches in ministry since 1974.  Gary and his wife, Becky, have served Illinois churches in Metropolis, Jacksonville, Lake Bluff, Danville, Decatur, Greenfield, Rockbridge and Granite City.

The Mottas have two sons, whom they homeschooled from Kindergarten through High School.  Danny and his wife, Karen, live in Sherman, Illinois, where Danny is Director of Youth and Contemporary Music at the Sherman United Methodist Church. They have three children, Josiah, Asa and Mara.  David and his wife, Marlie, live in Orlando, Florida, where David heads Accounts Receivable and Human Resources at Meeting Point, North America and Marlie continues her Disney dream job.

Gary and Becky love Jesus, the Bible, their family, music and drama.  For several years Gary taught one or two courses per semester at Shawnee Community College, including Religion in America, Introduction to Philosophy and Music Appreciation.

The Mottas both have Bachelor of Arts degrees from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  Gary received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and has also done doctoral work at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  Gary plays the piano, is a singer and a composer and is a trained Disciple Bible Study teacher.  Becky is a singer and has led several hundred people through The Alpha Course at two churches.

As long as he is able, Gary loves to play racquetball, hike almost anywhere, canoe in the Boundary Waters, and root “rather hopelessly“ for the Cubs.  Becky’s interests include graphic arts (particularly translating Gary’s sermons into PowerPoint each week), Bible study, all vocal music, interior design and hosting guests whenever possible.

Pastor Gary will be retiring June 30, 2017. Many joys to you in your retirement!


Rev. Lori Harvey

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Associate Pastor


Rev. Lori Harvey was appointed Associate Pastor at Morton United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2012. Lori graduated from seminary at llif School of Theology in Denver, CO in 1991 as a deacon and in 1993 as an elder (back then there was a two step ordination). Lori and her husband, David Johnston, married in 1986.  They live in Normal, IL with their daughter Clarissa, who is completing her college freshman year, and their son Drew, who is in high school.


Pastor Lori’s appointments have taken her to several large churches, including Urbana Wesley, Macomb Wesley, Quincy Vermont Street, and Normal Calvary. She has also served in smaller churches including Reynolds UMC and recently at Minonk UMC and Wenona St. John’s UMC.

Lori enjoys being able to use her gifts to encourage people to grow in faith, reach out in love, and serve the world.

Pastor Lori will be leaving us on June 30 and will be serving Salem Grace UMC as the Coordinating Pastor. Many blessings to you!