Song Evangelist and Musicians

Mark Murphy, Song Evangelist

Mark MurphyMark Murphy is Evangelist in Residence at South Side Church of the Nazarene in Muncie, Ind.

He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. He has been a gospel soloist, a prolific gospel song writer and recording artist since 1980. Voted one of the top 5 vocal soloists at the National Quartet Convention Soloist Contest, he is an ordained minister as well as a Commissioned Evangelist.

Mark is married to Julie who is an oncology nurse at St. Vincent’s Cancer Center of Anderson in Anderson, Ind.  They make their home in Selma, Ind., and have three adult children, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters a grandson and a granddaughter on the way.  Their mission statement: To encourage and bring spiritual health to those that listen while pointing them to giver of all these things, the King of Kings,

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 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.