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 

       nicole@mmsucc.org

       (314) 301-9842 (mobile)

       Click here to schedule an appointment with Rev. Havelka 

 Substitute Preachers:

 

David Arndt

2905 Hillsdale Avenue, Brentwood, 63144; arndtdj@sbcglobal.net; cell: 314-503-2240

UCC, St. Louis Association, 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 Avenue, St. Louis, 63118; dorothygannon2@gmail.com; cell: (text only) 314-471-6715, other: 314-776-4483

UCC, St. Louis Association 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 Drive, St. Louis, 63123; allengrothe@yahoo.com; 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 Avenue, St. Louis, 63112; khawkerself@gmail.com; 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."

Mary Lin Hudson

1944 Higbee Avenue, Memphis,TN 38104; mhudson@memphisseminary.edu; cell: 901-489-8697; work: 901-334-5851

Active, seminary professor of preaching and worship , Boundary Training October 2019 – Memphis, TN. I have much knowledge and affection for preaching, but very few opportunities to share those gifts with the church.  I want to be available to churches that need a preacher.   

Zipporah Lee (Rebecca Mularski)

3400A Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118; rebeccamularski@gmail.com; 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.

Guangyu Lou

guangyulou@gmail.com; 636-515-5397. I am seeking a call at this moment, so my time on Sunday is flexible. I would like to preach in the churches to share the God’s words with different congregation and people. It is important to approach biblical interpretation by taking both the scriptures and today’s context into consideration. I attempt to build a bridge between the message of the scripture and the people to whom I am speaking who live in different cultures and traditions. When we hear God still speaking to us, the preacher’s task is to facilitate the encounter of the scripture with real human issues to produce a dialogue, to enable faith and deeds to come together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to understand God’s revelation for us through the message of the scripture.

Kathy Porter

705 Stewart Street, DeSoto, Mo. 63020kleeporter@charter.net; 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; dpupillo@faithnurses.org; 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". 

Albert Schon

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

UCC, St. Louis Association, retired.  "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

mms@mmsucc.org​

 

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