Signal Hill United Methodist Church
Monday, November 29, 2021

Meet our Minister

The Rev. Arthur Francis
Reverend Francis was appointed to Signal Hill United Methodist Church as of July 1, 2014, by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Peoria, Illinois. Rev. Francis follows Rev. Jim Wheeler as Pastor of Signal Hill UMC congregation.


Rev. Francis was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has resided in Lebanon, Illinois for the past 25 years with his wife Christine. He was a Bus Operator for 22 years with Metro Transit where he retired from in 2009. Rev. Francis is also retired from the United States Air Force Reserve after 20 years of service.


Rev. Francis is currently a 3rd year student at Eden Seminary located in Webster Groves, Missouri. He graduated from McKendree College in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.

His Ministry and Calling

"My call has been a constant presence of God showing up in my life in many circumstances and situations. This call could not be ignored and became one that I had to answer and pursue with my whole being to find exactly the purpose; God has for me and my life. I have a passion for the word of God, preaching and teaching, which are my gifts in which I love sharing for the edification of the church. I seek to know him through every way possible, physically, mentally and spiritually. I wish to be closer to God through fasting and prayer and education. My zeal for education is only surpassed by my zeal for God and love for family."