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Meet the Staff! Hank Oplinger

You all know Hank Oplinger as the Music Minister of St. Matthew. He began his ministry at St.  Matthew 28 years ago in July of 1989. But did you know that Hank was born in Pennsylvania, he served in the Army during the Vietnam era, and that he began full- time ministry was as a youth minister? Or that Hank, and his wife of 48 years, Wanda, have served in churches include in Conway,

Arkansas; Nashville, Tennessee; Wichita, Kansas and Waycross, Georgia before being called to St. Matthew?
As the Music Minister, Hank is in charge of all the music ministry of St. Matthew, that not only includes the individual choir and worship leaders and the musicians but also St. Matthew Orchestra, the Sanctuary Choir, Fortress, Resounding Praise and 4Given.
In addition, he leads worship in two Sunday services and works with the pastors to choose the music for each week. He is responsible for the special musical productions of the Glory of Christmas and the Joy of Easter. He also produces Keyboard Praise, which he began at his church in Georgia with only 2 pianos and a pipe organ.
In addition to Hank’s job responsibilities, he also teaches the Bible Boomers Sunday school class, he cooks for the community meal and Good News Club, he takes care of the church’s decorations (flowers in the Sanctuary, the foyer, etc) and organizes larger decorating projects (hanging of the greens, etc), not to mention the fact that he is a very talented pianist. He is often asked to play at many funerals, weddings, and even other Keyboard Praises.
When he is not at St. Matthew, Hank’s hobbies include: reading, cooking and swimming. He and Wanda have 2 sons, 4 granddaughters and a dog named Henry, after Hank’s father. St. Matthew is blessed to have this talented and passionate spiritual leader, worship leader and friend.

Sunday Times
8:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:17 a.m. - Contemporary
10:45 a.m. - Blended
6:00 p.m. - Cornerstone Deaf Church
6:30 p.m. - Bible Study

6:30 p.m. - Pray, Praise, and Preaching
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Address:  1200 Moreland Dr.
                  Belleville, IL 62223
Phone:  618-397-5994
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