Meet Our Staff

  • Lead Pastor Jim Bell

    Pastor Jim was born in Minneapolis, raised in Missour-ah, attended college in Iowa, worked for 20 years managing Foot Locker stores and selling real estate before God called him to ministry. He is married to Cynthia and the father of Curtis and Ren. Along with being an avid workout buff and amateur DIY handyman., he is thrilled to play bass on a worship team with such a collection of gifted musicians.


    “I really came to an adult faith through IVCF campus ministry. God has been so good that I list myself as a “grateful Christian” on Facebook. Belvidere First United Methodist is the 8th church I’ve served, and coming here is a great blessing that has God’s fingerprints all over it. I believe the best is yet to come and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.”

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    Pastor Jay Shin

    Associate Pastor

  • Debbi Bloomingdale

    Church Administrator

  • Becky Newport