Matthew is a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He has 20–plus years in ministry, both as an associate and senior pastor. His philosophy about ministry can be best summed up by John 17: 20-21. "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one." He is… single and co-parenting his two children.
Salem Choristers Director
Dr. Todd A. Pettit, Ed. D.
Dr. Todd A. Pettit is a native of Quincy, IL. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education with a minor in piano performance from Quincy University, (Quincy, IL) a Masters Degree in Education – School Administration from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). and a Doctorate of Education – School Leadership from Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO).
Todd began the study of piano at age 9. His first church music "gig" was in 6th grade when he served as pianist for the Children’s Sunday school at his home church, Our Redeemer Lutheran in Quincy. He continued to rehearse his musical abilities and continued to serve that congregation through high school and college, playing piano and organ, and directing the Youth Choir. Todd played piano through high school and studied in college with internationally acclaimed pianist, Leonora Suppan-Gerich. Todd also served various churches in Quincy, where his first seated organist position was at Salam Evangelical UCC 1994 – 1997.
After teaching in Quincy for a year, Todd relocated to Indianapolis, IN. During his time in Indianapolis, Todd served as Music Education Specialist at Clinton Young Elementary School (Metropolitan School District of Perry Township) where he was music instructor for 700 students weekly. He directed the school’s select choir and handchime choir, and was coordinator for the school’s cultural arts program. Todd was honored to be the recipient of the State Life Membership Award from the Association of Parents and Teachers in 2004.
Also during Todd’s time in Indianapolis, he served as organist/pianist for St. Luke, Castleton & Central Avenue United Methodist churches. He served as Minister of Music for Immanuel United Church of Christ where he also was a member, and served as deacon. While at Immanuel UCC, Todd directed the Chancel Choir, Immanuel Bells and Children’s Chime Choir. He also created and produced the very popular, Immanuel Sunday Music Series. Todd has served in volunteer leadership positions for the United Church of Christ Musicians Association, the American Guild of Organists (Indianapolis Chapter), and The Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians and Worship Artists. Most recently Todd served as Director of Music & Worship Arts/Organist at Lafayette Park UMC (St. Louis, MO), where he was organist, directed the Sanctuary Choir, began Lafayette Park Presents Concert Series and revived the Handbell Ensemble. During his tenure as Director of Music Ministries & Organist at St. John United Church of Christ (Collinsville, IL), Todd directed the Sanctuary Choir, Bells of St. John Handbell Choir, High School Witness Choir & Elementary Spirit Choir. He also revived the St. John Brass and created the St. John Sunday Music Concert Series, the Spring Cabaret Fundraiser, and many touring opportunities for the choirs.
Todd enjoys musical theatre and has served as musical director and conductor for a host of productions including, The Secret Garden, Phantom, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Nunsense and many more. In 2001, He received the Best Musical Direction Award for his work on the world premiere of Lizzie Borden-The Musical from the Encore Association of Indianapolis. While leading church music ministries, Todd has held positions in education serving as Elementary Music Specialist, Middle School Assistant Principal, Principal of Kreitner Elementary School, all in the Collinsville Unit School District #10, and currently is the Director of Music Education for Quincy Public Schools.
Dr. Pettit is a featured presenter for the Illinois Principals Association on the topic of Bias, Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues, an Academy that he created and designed. He serves as organist/pianist for area churches and sits on the boards of the Illinois Great Rivers Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians, Friends of the Villa Kathrine and Quincy Civic Music Association. When not making music, leading productions or volunteering, Todd enjoys live musical theatre, travel, and cruising the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks with his domestic partner, Paul and their dogs Anna Belle and Pearl.
"I look forward to directing Salem Choristers and collaborating with Pastor Matt, Laura, Jeannie, and the congregation!"
Volunteer Executive Minister
Jayne serves as the Volunteer Executive Minister. She served as our Director of Christian Education from 2000-2012.God opened another door to ministry for her, when she was called to serve the Salem faith community as the Volunteer Executive Minister. Today she works closely with the senior minister in order to provide spiritual leadership to assist the church to live out the mission of the church. She envisions her work with Salem Church as partnering with members to help people live a life shaped by the teachings of Jesus. Jayne lives with her husband, Rich, and they have three adult children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.