By Dan Philips

David Thornburg exemplifies the idea that when God gives you talents and gifts, it’s right to share them. 

Over the years, FUMC has been blessed by many who have helped keep our beautiful facilities safe and well-maintained so that everything is ready for worship from week to week. Today, we are blessed to have David Thornburg. 

Though David attends Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, he has served as the part time facility maintenance person here at FUMC for the last five years. He serves the same role at Crossroads, as well as at First United Methodist Church in East Peoria.

As a consultant for a few large senior living owners and operators, he has the flexibility to help at the churches. He tells us, “I enjoy working on church projects as well as helping to ensure systems are in good working order.  It’s very rewarding, as well as a great learning experience.  I get to meet so many great people.”

David lives in Washington with his wife Brenda, and they celebrated 33 years of marriage on June 13.  They have two daughters:  Megan and her husband Kevin Cioni who live in Naperville, and Jessica who lives in Carbondale.

David enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with playing golf, taking convertible rides, reading, and helping others with their home projects.  He and Brenda enjoy watching HGTV renovation shows to get the latest ideas for projects. 

David has been tackling some large projects here at FUMC during the COVID shutdown. These include the makeover of the Wesley classroom, and the new decorative security window covers for all of the ground floor windows. David designed these covers to not only provide discreet security, but to also look attractive; the covers incorporate a cross in the center of each steel panel. 

David also works with the HVAC team to insure systems are maintained and operating as they should.

We are thankful, as I am sure the other United Methodist churches are, for David’s gifts and his willingness to share those talents with us.