St. Louis Association Substitute Preachers

Substitute Preachers

This list is to help churches find a preacher to fill in for a Sunday or two. We have included people we believe are capable preachers, but they may not all be authorized to perform the sacraments (for example, some of these people are MIDs or lay ministers).


Pastors on this list represent a wide variety of theological perspectives and preaching styles. Congregations seeking a substitute preacher may wish to discuss their expectations with candidates before inviting them to preach.


These lists are maintained by the Association Committees on Ministry, and ministers who want to be included should contact the COM Chairs for their Association.

If your church needs a Substitute Preacher to cover for a longer period of time, please contact: 

       Rev. Nicole Havelka

       Interim Minister for Search and Call Discernment

       (314) 301-9842 (mobile)

       Schedule an appointment 

 Substitute Preachers:


David Arndt

2905 Hillsdale Ave., Brentwood, 63144;; cell 314/503-2240

UCC, St. Louis Assoc., retired, within 50 miles of Eden Seminary, Boundary Training 5/19/16. "To help congregations where the settled pastor is temporarily absent, to meet friends I haven't met yet, to practice my profession, at least some."

Dorothy M. Gannon

2910 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 63118;; cell (text only)314/471-6715, other 314/776-4483

UCC, St. Louis Assoc, MMSCUCC; active,chaplain, Bethesda Hospice Care; St. Louis     Metro area; Boundary Training 10/16.  " I enjoy leading worship and it is not a weekly part of my ministry so I am pleased to preach occasionally at my home church and in other churches.  I also appreciate opportunities to make more connections with other congregations in the association."

Allen Grothe

7343 S. Yorkshire Dr. St. Louis, 63123;; cell 440/371-1885; other 314/270-8528

UCC, MMSCUCC, retired, St. Louis Association area, Boundary Training 9/2017.  "I thoroughly enjoy preaching and believe it is one of my strengths.  I also have had very positive experiences with regard to the substitute preaching (and the Children's Moments) which I have shared during the past year."

Katherine Hawker-Self

927 Maryville Ave. St. Louis, 63112;; cell 314/566-9713

UCC, MMSCUCC, retired, St. Louis Association area, Boundary Training 7/2018. "After 23 years in parish ministry, I spent five years teaching in public schools by day and learning to pray with my feet at night. During these years of differently active ministry, my view was radically expanded and my commitment deepened. My own spiritual yearnings lead me to weekly prayerful reflections on the texts exploring the ways in which the texts intersect with the world in which we find ourselves. My intention is to be of service by supporting communities in the work of making meaning, specifically as they gather on Sunday mornings to read together the texts that we call sacred."

Lansford Lawrence

502 Foxtrail Drive, Hazelwood MO 63042;; cell 314-225-5106; other phone 314-736-4638. 

I am presently available to do pulpit supply within the St. Louis Association.

Zipporah Lee (Rebecca Mularski)

3400A Cherokee St., Saint Louis, MO 63118;; cell (419) 961-3164. Member in Discernment, Seminary Graduate, Approved for Ordination Pending Call. Will to preach in all portions of the St. Louis Association.

Kathy Porter

705 Stewart St., DeSoto, Mo.; cell 314/630-6332; home 636/337-0711;

UCC. St. Louis Association. "I enjoy leading worship and preaching occasionally at my home church and in other churches as this is not part of my weekly ministry setting.  I also enjoy the opportunity of worshiping in other UCC churches and getting to know people in these churches as part of the wider church connection.

Donna Pupillo

1275 Swan Drive, Florissant, MO, 63031;; cell 314-324.3061; office 314-395-4655; 

UCC. St. Louis Association, active, St. Louis area, Boundary Training 2017. "I love to lead worship and preach. I find being in the worship leadership role one that is nurturing not only for the gathered community but for myself as well. By doing substitute preaching, I am able to utilize those gifts that my current position at Deaconess does not use". 

Sam Roethemeyer

770 Aspen Dr., Jackson, 63755;; cell 573/579-2069, other 573/243-2288

UCC, MMSCUCC, Eastern Assoc., retired, Eastern Assoc. area, Boundary Training 10/1/15. "Retired and glad to serve in churches and for pastors needing supply."

Albert Schon

5329 Lode Ave., St. Louis, 63123; 314/363-8908

UCC, St. Louis Assoc., retired, Boundary Training 10/15/16 by Missouri Mid-South Conference. "Meeting new people and congregations is always a pleasure for me and gives me a way to continue to serve the church."

Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ

483 East Lockwood Avenue, Suite 15, St. Louis, MO 63119

314-962-8740 or 877-877-5884

Fax 314-918-2610​


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