About Us

Welcome to our web page for the Morrison United Methodist Church. We hope that you will join us for our services this coming weekend so you can experience the “best place to be” for yourself. We have a Contemporary Worship Service on Saturday evenings as 5:30 p.m. On Sunday morning we worship at 8:00a.m. and 10:15a.m. (We have one 9:00a.m. worship service after Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day.)


Early in 1836, a Methodist preacher arrived on horseback in Mt. Pleasant Township. The Rev. James McKean held services in a cabin of James Thomas – located northeast of Morrison. This became the first religious organization in the township, and was officially organized at Unionville in 1842. A church building was built in Unionville in 1855. The church was moved to Morrison and dedicated in 1862. A new building was then erected while the old one was remodeled, and both were dedicated in September of 1877.

In 1905, the church was enlarged and a basement added. The spire was taken down because it was insecurely fashioned. In 1929, the church was dressed in brick veneer and a new roof was added. In 1957, an option was presented to build a new building on other land, but the proposal was voted down. In 1964, permission was granted to construct a new education wing. In September of 1975, the Building Committee was given permission to build a brand new church building.

Groundbreaking was held on May 9, 1976 and construction began. In less than a year, the construction of the new church was completed. On April 3, 1977 – Palm Sunday, a ‘cross over’ was held, and the United Methodists walked to the new building from the Presbyterian Church where they had worshipped almost a whole year. The first worship service held in the new building was on Easter Sunday – April 10, 1977. We continue to proudly serve from this location – being a center of mission and ministry to our community and our world.


Rev. Ryan Sutton

Hello and welcome to the United Methodist Church of Morrison’s website!   My name is Ryan Sutton, and I am starting my 22nd year of pastoral ministry at the age of 46.  I grew up outside of the very small town of Chana, IL – close to the center of Ogle County. My home was in a seven-house subdivision in what used to be a former Christmas tree farm.  So huge pine trees and basically no grass are what I got used to!

My parents still live outside of Chana, and my younger brother, sister-in-law, 9-year-old niece and 3-year-old nephew live in Rochelle.   I graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1989 and North Central College in 1993.  I expected to go into International Business with a double major in business administration and French, but God changed my plans in my senior year and after a year of earning money, I entered United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  I was a chaplain at a children’s hospital and an assistant pastor at a 3,100-member church while there.  I decided to return to northern Illinois after earning my master’s degree, though, as it was home and I wanted to help my mom take care of my grandmother with Alzheimer’s.

While in the Northern Illinois Conference, I’ve served churches in Polo, Gurnee, and Wauconda.  During the first two appointments, I was also the youth pastor at several other churches.  I was the only pastor at the Federated Church of Wauconda for eight years.

I am happy to be in Morrison!  I grew up rural, so it was somewhat of a homecoming for me – my grandparents were farmers.  I am now closer to my family and spend more time with them.   I hope you find me a pastor who truly wants to work with the people of the church to make not only the church, but the community and the world a better place through what God allows us to do.  We’ve already had successes during my first year here, and will continue to move forward as God calls us.  May God bless our ministry together here in northwest Illinois and around the world!

How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since the fall of 2013
Family :: Mom and Dad; Brother and Sister-in-law; Niece, Baylie and Nephew Tyler
Hobbies :: Paino, listening to music, watching sports, playing tennis and croquet
One thing you like about your job :: Getting to know people

Rev. Polly Klimson :: Senior Care CoordinatorPastor Polly Klimson Photo
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2015 / 1969-2001
Family :: Married to Joe Klimson, Sr. and we have five children; Paul, Joe, Amy, Nancy, and Nora.
Hobbies :: I enjoy reading, gardening and singing with the “Sunbeams”.
One thing you like about your job :: I like connecting with Saints in the church.

Lyle Bush :: Treasurer
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2005 as treasurer and a member of the church since 1968
Family :: Wife – Gretchen, & Children – Lori, Trent, Todd, & 5 Grandkids
Hobbies :: Gardening and yard work, woodworking, outdoor activities
One thing you like about your job :: Time shared with co-workers

Nancy Poling :: Keyboardist
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2007 as Keyboardist and been in the church since 1977
Family :: Daughter Laura & family in Detroit and Son Rich & family in Morrison, Ellie & meg (cats) at home
Hobbies :: Making greeting cards & knitting/crocheting
One thing you like about your job :: Adding to the musical beauty of a worship service

Constance Swanson-DeSpain :: Handbell/Choir Director
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2005 as Handbell/Choir Director
Family :: Married with no children, Father – Roland D. Swanson and Brother Steve who also lives in Morrison, Sister and her children live in Clinton, she has three children and also plays in our bell choir and are members of this church.
Hobbies :: I love music and sing in a group of 40+ called “Riverchor”, play paino, love to read, taking care of my 6 spoiled cats
One thing you like about your job :: I love having a good time at rehearsals. I think the choir does a good job of performing and adding to the worship service. I really enjoy working with the choir and the process of beginning a piece of music and preparing it to play for a service. This choir can really “step up” when need be and they play their best and I think we really make a joyful noise together!!!

John Frame :: Vocal Director
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: 28 years as the Vocal Director
Family :: Married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren
Hobbies :: Reading and traveling
One thing you like about your job :: Love and appreciate the talent and dedication of the singers and accompanist.




Pat Cassens :: Organist
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2008 as Organist but been in the church for over 77 Years
Family :: Husband Doug – Children Steve, Lisa, Todd – 5 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandchild
Hobbies :: Folk art painting, reading and jigsaw puzzles
One thing you like about your job :: I love playing the organ. I love the sound of the organ. I love being part of the church service.




Christina Snyder :: Administrative Assistant
How many years have you been in the position/ how many years in the church? :: Since 2015
Family :: Recently moved back to Erie with her Children – Briana, Alison and Kenny
Hobbies :: Reading, biking and baking
One thing you like about your job :: I enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and the people!