Meet Our Elders

Meet Our Elders: 
Josh Bushue moved to Sullivan in 2013.  He married Jill in 1999 and they have three children, Ben, Brett, and Kate.  Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Josh is a Territory Operations Manager for ADM in Decatur, where he has worked for 20 years. He was baptized into the faith on April 1, 2008. His family joined the SCC family in 2014, and he became an elder in March 2019. Josh is on the SCC security team, a member of a LifeGroup, provides communion meditations, plays on the church softball team, and served on the “NEXT” team for the building remodel. Josh enjoys outdoor activities with his family and is in that “chasing kids to games and practice” season of life. He enjoys camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and golf. His hopes and dreams include ‘keeping the kids out of jail… kidding… not really.’
Darrell Diener moved from southern Illinois to Sullivan in 2013. He is married to Angie, and they are parents to Kennedy (and Patrick), Addy, and Rylan. They are also proud grandparents to Gracie. He has been employed with Coach House Garages for 28 years. Their family joined SCC in 2014, and he became an elder in September, 2016.

Josh Hartman has been married to Susan since 2009. They have three children, Jackson, Bennett, and Sophia. Josh works at Springfield Electric in Decatur and is a volunteer fireman with the Windsor Fire Department and an EMT with Windsor Area Ambulance. He became a Christian at the age of 15, became a member at SCC in 2003, and an elder in March 2019. He volunteers in Children’s Ministry, gives communion meditations, leads a lifegroup, and served on the “NEXT” team for the building remodel. In his free time he enjoys being with family and watching Jackson’s baseball and basketball games.

Chris Wheeler was raised in Mattoon. He was a navy Seabee, and currently works for Illinois Brick Company of Central Ill. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married since 2002. They live in Windsor, and have three children, Kyhe, Kiersten and Kynslee. His family joined the SCC family in 2013. He has been a Christian since 2002, and became an elder in March of 2019. Chris leads a team of SCC servers and serves in High youth group. Chris enjoys attending his kid’s school activities, watching sports, and boating. When asked about his hopes and dreams he states that he would like to make a difference in his community.
Gordie Wood and his wife Lisa are lifelong residents of Moultrie County. They married in 1980, and have 3 daughters, Ashley, Lindsey, and Hannah, who all attended Smyser and participated in church camps, youth group, and Easter dramas. They also have 2 grandchildren, Olivia and Adelynn. Gordie graduated from Mississippi State in 1983, and is owner of Wood Insurance in Sullivan. Gordie has attended Smyser for 20 years and was baptized on May 19, 2013 and became an elder in June of 2020. Gordie is active in SCC LifeGroup, helps with worship audio/video, provides communion meditations, and has served on the NEXT committee and pastor search committee. His joys are his wife and family, and his church family. Gordie also enjoys hiking, working, and golfing.