Reverend Stan Irvin
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It is such a blessing to serve as the Lead Minister at Carrier Mills First United Methodist Church.  This appointment has allowed me to return to both my spiritual and family roots.  I was born here in Saline County, in Eldorado; attended grade school in Mount Carmel; and graduated from high school in Marion, all in southern Illinois.  As a seventeen year old, I experienced my first “call to ministry” while attending the Youth Institute at Beulah Camp in Eldorado.   

Some of the happiest memories of my youth involve time spent on our southern Illinois family farm, outside of McLeansboro, helping with the livestock and crops; fishing the back waters; or hiking the many beautiful trails throughout our region.  The physical beauty of places such as the Garden of the Gods, Giant City, Fern Cliff, Crab Orchard Lake, and Devils Kitchen Lake, spoke deeply to my heart of the grandeur of God’s creation.   But what truly made a lifelong impression upon me was the character, the wisdom, the integrity, and the compassion of the people of southern Illinois.   

Before returning to Saline County, I had the pleasure of serving as the minister at Siloam United Methodist Church in Freehold, New Jersey, and as the Minister of Discipleship and Outreach at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois. 

I sense that my strongest calling is to be in ministry with teens, college students and young adults.  I enjoy studying and teaching about the early church and the historical time of Jesus.  To enhance such teaching, I have journeyed three times to Israel and the West Bank.  I am passionate about missions and have served on nine mission trips, seven of which have been medical and construction trips to Nicaragua.  I also have a heart for local outreach work, serving the community in and around Carrier Mills.  I am called to reach out to seekers, those "outside" the church, through word and service.   


I have earned five academic degrees: a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, double majoring in Political Science and Religion; a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law; a Masters of Law in Litigation degree from Emory University School of Law; a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary; and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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I currently serve as a member of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) Board of Trustees, which oversees the United Methodist denomination’s properties throughout the southern two-thirds of the State of Illinois.  As well as serving on the IGRC's Committee on Episcopacy, which works with the Bishop of our conference; and, the IGRC's Committee on Episcopal Residence, which oversees and cares for our Bishop's residence.  I am also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Illinois University Wesley Foundation and serve on the Board of Trustees of the Beulah Holiness Camp Association.  I am past Chair of the Personnel Committee of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. I have previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of Franklin – Williamson Human Services; on the Board of Directors of Hill House in Carbondale, Illinois; on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Bloomington Association of Bloomington, Illinois; and, while in Law School at Southern Illinois University, I served as a member of both the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and as a Trustee on the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees. 


Two years ago I was honored for my local and international outreach efforts to Nicaragua and elsewhere by being featured in the cover story of the 2014 spring edition of “Life & Style” magazine, a regional publication of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper.  Previously, in 2011, I was chosen as one of the “Leaders Among Us” by the Southern Illinois Business Journal and the Southern Illinoisan newspaper, for contributions to the southern Illinois region.