As the Mississippi River District wishes Karen Homan a wonderful retirement after 16 years of service, we welcome Bonnie C. Abel as the new Mississippi River District Administrative Assistant and newest addition to the IGRC family. She recently moved to the Belleville, Illinois area in December of 2017, following the retirement of her father Michael B. Abel a pastor in the IGRC. Bonnie has been a part of the IGRC from an early age and is excited to further her involvement with the United Methodist Church. Bonnie possesses spiritual strengths in the area of Hospitality, Administration and Mercy and is looking forward to enhancing the work of the District with these gifts. Bonnie lives in a multi-generational family, and is blessed to share life with her parents, Michael and Mary Ann Abel; and is raising up her son, Micah who recently turned 2 in February. Bonnie is a proud parent of both her son and her Pomeranian fur-baby, Jude. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys baking, travel, and singing. Bonnie looks forward to being part of the connectional community of the IGRC UMC.