Wesley Rouse, Song Evangelist
Wesley Rouse is the Minister of Music at Fairview United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tenn. He has served at Fairview Church for more than 21 years. His ministry at Fairview includes directing the Youth Choir, Faithful Men’s Choir and the Worship Choir. These choirs are involved in leading worship at Fairview Church and are also actively involved in outreach missions ministries. For the past several years he has served as the worship leader for the Holston Annual Conference. Wesley graduated from Columbus State University and the University of Tennessee.
Wesley loves all styles of music from classical to bluegrass. He is passionate about worship and celebrating the Lord’s presence with His people. He loves blended worship and making worship accessible for all generations. He is originally from Waycross, Georgia and grew up under the music ministry of Hank Oplinger. Wesley is married to Sandra Rouse. They have three teenagers Joshua, Caleb and Sarah.
Hank Oplinger, Pianist
Hank Oplinger is the Minister of Worship and Music at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill. He has been at St. Matthew for more than 20 years where he leads an extensive music program, including producing musical dramas in the Christmas and Easter seasons. More than three hundred people participate in the St. Matthew music ministry under Hank’s direction. He also teaches a Sunday School Class. Before coming to Belleville, he served in music and youth ministries in Waycross, Ga.; Wichita, Kan.; and Nashville, Tenn. He grew up in and continues to embrace the Wesleyan Holiness teachings.
Carrie Crago, Organist
Carrie Crago currently serves as a staff pianist at St. Matthew UMC, Belleville, Ill., directs the handbell choir, and assists in various areas of the music ministry. She previously served as Organist and Education/Music Assistant at St. Matthew from 1984 to 1988. From 1989-2009 she served as the Director of Music Ministry and organist at Collinsville UMC and Troy UMC. Carrie has taught K-5 music in O’Fallon School District #90 since 1988.