Song Evangelist and Musicians

Wesley Rouse

Wesley Rouse is the Minister of Music at Fairview United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tenn. He has served at Fairview Church for over 23 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 in outreach missions ministries. He is also actively involved in mission work in Latvia. 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.
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

Oplinger-HankHank 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_275x175Carrie 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 just recently retired as K-5 music teacher in O’Fallon School District #90 after 30 years.

In 2018, Carrie was awarded educator of the year for the state of Illinois by the O’Fallon VFW and has ignited and fostered a love for music in the lives of thousands of children.