Cathy Obernuefemann, Worship Leader
Cathy is a lifelong United Methodist, having grown up mostly on a farm in Randolph County, Ill. She lives in Smithton and is a wife (to her redeemer on earth, husband Paul), a mom (to amazing teenage boys Daniel and Noah), an interim worship leader, business owner, and volunteer. She gave her heart to Jesus as an eight year old at a revival. At McKendree (then College / now University) she backslid while majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and graduated with a BA in 1991. An invitation to Union UMC in 1992 helped her recommit. In a dark time in her life, it meant the world to be wanted and included somewhere! She served as the Administrative Secretary from 1995–2001. She has sung and played (piano, keyboard, tambourine) in various groups in school and church most of her life, including Sanctuary Choir and Alive at Union. She even got to be a singer in a bluegrass group for awhile called Dudley’s Rush. She has always enjoyed writing, and I love Facebook a little too much.
Cathy feels called to be at Journey. It’s her church. It’s her family. She sees herself as a sort of missionary. It has been really rewarding for her to watch people go from not feeling accepted at other churches to feeling like they are at home. Journey has helped people through some dark situations, and she knows how that feels.
She gets excited when she sees new and returning faces. She gets excited about new music. The band members have a lot of fun, but know they're there not to perform, but to draw attention to God.
Cathy hopes people see Jesus in her and that they feel loved and accepted, but also challenged. She hopes they go to church every Sunday — at any church, but it feels especially good when it’s Journey.