Missouri Mid-South Conference Staff

Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel
​Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel brings sixteen years of pastoral experience in two UCC churches - in Maryland and Houston, Texas. She served as Moderator of the South Central Conference while serving the Houston congregation, and previously served on the Board of the Mid Atlantic Conference, and was Moderator of their Annual Meeting.  Called to ministry while a student at Auburn University, Ginny attended Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, VA.  In 2003 she was called to Plymouth United Church of Christ in Spring, Texas and served there until May, 2015 when she left to pursue a consulting business, Divine Sparks Consulting. Ginny also received a Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary.  Ginny's full bio here.  Ginny can be reached at 314-918-2604 or ginny@mmsucc.org.

Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Damien Lake

Rev. Damien Lake has served three churches as a settled pastor and two congregations as an Interim Minister and worked with churches as a coach, helping them through the search and call process, as well as working with new church starts.  He has helped churches revitalize their ministry in the local community and remains committed to helping churches grow, to rethink church and to continue to focus on the Still Speaking Voice of God. Damien has a strong dedication to serving God and The Church, a deep faith that is always growing and expanding in new directions, and believes in the importance of answering the call of God to stand up for social justice, to help those who are hurting and to Be The Church. Read Damien's full bio here.  Damien can be reached at 314-918-2605 or damien@mmsucc.org.

Office Manager, Kathleen Rainey

Kathie joined the staff in March 2018 as our part-time Office Manager.  Kathie is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Conference Office.  Kathie's normal work schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week.  Kathie can be reached at 314-918-2602 or kathleen@mmsucc.org.

Communications Specialist, Julie Darnold Akins

Joining the staff in January 2021, Julie is our part-time Communications Specialist responsible for managing the eCourier, social media, website, and donor development communications. Julie most recently worked at Bethesda Health Group Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. She has a communications background and is a member of St. Paul’s UCC, Oakville (St. Louis). Julie can be reached at 314-606-6069 or julie@mmsucc.org.

Outdoor Ministries Consultant, Bill Bourdon

Bill Bourdon is  the Outdoor Ministries Consultant for the Missouri Mid-South Conference.  In this position, Bill will provide transitional leadership at Camp MoVal Outdoor Ministries April 1-Dec. 31, 2021, overseeing the maintenance required while the Conference undergoes a period of discernment regarding its ministry. Bill also will provide training to the Executive Director of Shannondale Outdoor Ministries. Bill can be reached at 636-583-2730 or bill@mmsucc.org.

Executive Director and Pastor of Shannondale Community Center, Nathan Fulk

Nathan Fulk, serves as the Executive Director and Pastor of Shannondale Community Center as of October 1, 2018. His unique combination of forestry skills and dedication to the ongoing mission of the United Church of Christ make him crucial in the continued operation of Shannondale.  Nate can be reached at 573-858-3284 or nathan@mmsucc.org


Youth Ministry Coordinator, Mrs. Cindy Birkner

Mrs. Birkner taught 6th and 7th grade Sunday school for 5 years and has been a confirmation teacher since 2007. She has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications. Mrs. Birkner is married to Kevin and they have three children. Cindy can be reached at 314-575-1951 or cindy@mmsucc.org