Song Evangelist and Musicians

Michael and Denise Cork,
Song Evangelists

Michael and Denise Cork are on the staff of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas. They have served in churches in California, Colorado and Kansas in the area of music and worship. 

They started singing together in high school, got married while still in college and represented the University, singing in a gospel quartet.   They have served as road directors for the gospel group Bridge, spent much time in the studio as studio musicians, have trained college and children’s ensembles and have had the opportunity to sing in churches and conferences and camps across the country. 

Before serving at College Church Michael was the Director of Lillenas Publishing Co. They have two children and six grandchildren. 

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.