Meet the Director
KC Congdon began ringing bells in junior high and conducting when she was a senior in high school. She attended Moody Bible Institute where she was the piano soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the concert band and received her degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University. Mrs. C (as her students call her) lives a dual lifestyle; half of the week she’s a country girl from Lexington, IL, where she teaches piano; the other half of the week she’s a city girl from the western suburbs of Chicago where she has another piano studio and directs four church choirs. She has received private mentoring from David Weck on handbells while ringing with The Agape Ringers and Jane Holstein on choral. KC is married to her best friend David who hails from South Africa and currently works for a pigless farmer. In their spare time they rescue cats, rabbits, and bats.
Meet the Members
lives in Bloomington, IL where he is a DBA at State Farm. He has been ringing with church choirs and at handbell camps since 1992. Derek was challenged to play his first solo one year later at age 11 and has also rung duets and trios with his mother and brother as a family group. Being with Bells In Motion has given Derek the opportunity to travel many places, and see many people. The first time he traveled overseas was with BIM to England and Scotland, which ultimately led him to his other hobby. When not working or ringing handbells, Derek is practicing his bagpipes as part of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums group in Eureka, IL.
is a retired teacher and finds she is busier now than when she was teaching! Free time is spent getting in visits with her grand kids and traveling whenever and wherever the mood strikes. She has been ringing since 1987, and with a background in percussion, Vickie finds handbells to be a great way to continue performing and making music.
lives in Bloomington, IL where she works for
the Normal Public Library as a cataloger and digital services librarian. She began ringing bells in third grade and started playing bass bells as soon as the director would let her hold them. Her non-musical hobbies include costuming, weightlifting, and going on adventures with her spouse, Shaun. They share their home with a crested gecko named Gecko and a lot of Star Wars memorabilia.
Helen Ely is retired after teaching math at Riverton High School and Lincoln Land Community College. Helen is the organist, choir accompanist, and bell choir director at Elliott Avenue Baptist Church. She thanks her family for their support of her music hobbies. Helen says that she sat in the audience and watched BIM concerts for seven years and thought “When I retire I’m going to join that group.” And she did!!
lives in Morton, IL where she works as a warranty administrator at Mike Murphy Ford. She has been ringing in her church bell choir since 1987 and in the past few years has taken up solo ringing. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, puzzles, and spending time with her nieces and nephews and 3 cats.
is the Administrative Manager of the Rush Memory Clinic in Chicago, IL. She has been playing handbells since 1997 in various church choirs. She has performed with Chicago Bronze and is currently a member of The Agape Ringers. In addition to handbells she plays the viola, violin and (if absolutely necessary) can play the cello. Her favorite bell is the D-flat 4 chime.
is a native Floridian, now living in Lincoln, IL. She relocated to Central Illinois in 2012 with State Farm where she works on the Innovation Team. Jennifer was introduced to handbells in high school and has been ringing for over 20 years. She enjoys challenging herself with bell duets and solos and is excited to take her ringing to the next level by joining BIM. In her free time, she and her husband, Don, lovingly restore their 1889 Victorian home.
lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Recently retired from the engineering/construction field, he has been ringing bells since 1980 in various church choirs. John has always looked at playing bells as musical therapy. He loves playing the bass bells, especially the low chimes. His other interests include kite flying, building and flying model rockets, singing, collecting die cast cars and restoring his 1975 Datsun 280Z.
lives in Fulton County on Bacon Hill Farm, which is operated by her husband and youngest son. She is a retired math and chemistry teacher, having worked at Western Illinois University and Spoon River College in Macomb. Nancy also directs a young ringers handchime choir for Macomb Wesley United Methodist Church.
lives in Madison, WI, where she rings with the Madison Area Concert Handbells. She has been ringing for over 30 years in both church and community groups in PA, IL, and WI, including the Malmark Ringers and The Agape Ringers. She loves her monthly road trips to Central Illinois to ring with KC and BIM!! In the handbell world, she enjoys touring, attending festivals, and ringing with small groups. When (occasionally) not ringing bells, she enjoys gardening, hiking and biking, doing puzzles, operating the carousel and train at the children’s zoo, volunteering around Madison, and traveling with her husband and daughters.
directs the handbell choirs at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. She raised 3 daughters and had a career as an educator. Traveling to perform with Bells In Motion has always proven to be very rewarding musically and just plain fun. Janet is looking forward to our future trips and can be packed and ready to go in half an hour! When Bells In Motion started 15 years ago, we didn’t even have a name. We were going to play some harder music and play at churches during the summer. Then we decided to stay together and play Christmas music. We played at the Festival of Trees and at the short-lived Festival of Lights. The rest is history.
has a rough job – she is the Travel Coordinator for Senior Services of Central Illinois where she leads groups on extended trips, both nationally and internationally. She is also co-music director for Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. She spends her spare time with Ralph (husband and BIM Roadie), her 2 cats, her granddaughter, Charlotte, and grandson, Caleb.
lives in Bloomington where she works for Bloomington Public Schools. She found her passion for Handbells as a ringer in 1986 and now directs 3 ringing choirs at Wesley UMC. She is the Illinois and Missouri Sales Representative for Malmark Handbells as well as a clinician, solo ringer, director at Intergenerational Handbell Camp in Parkville, MO, and a member of BIM since 2011. Gail is newly married to Bill (aka. BIM schlepper) and loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter and grandson.