Dr. Joe Scheets was raised at Union United Methodist Church (our parent church in Belleville). He has served in parish ministry for forty years in various locations in our Illinois Great Rivers Conference, and most recently has been serving at Union UMC part-time as Pastor of Visitation and “Other Good Stuff.”


He and his wife Patty live in Belleville and have an adult son, Joseph, who lives in Cincinnati. They also have a puppy named Martin who lets them live with him. Additionally, Joe plays bass in the Rivers of Life Clergy Band, which raises money for mission projects.


Pastor Joe received his Masters of Divinity at the United Methodist Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He later completed his doctoral program at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.


Dr. Joe tells us, “Yes, I have a nice pedigree and all that, but hey, I'm still just Joe.”