Western 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. Damien Lake

       Associate Conference Minister 



Bob Atkinson

816-237-9222  : 13101 E 43rd Street, Independence, MO 64055  :  robertatkinson@sbcglobal.net

UCC pastor available to congregations in the Eastern and Western Associations.


Jim Batye

573-489-4968 : 602 Turner Ave. Ashland, MO 65010 : peaceuccopenforum@gmail.com
Licensed pastor available within 100 miles of Columbia.


James Elliott

573-446-1497 (h) : 573-619-9701 : 3000 Arlington St; Columbia, MO 65203 : jelliott1@centurytel.net
Retired in June 2008 from St. Paul UCC in Hermann, MO. Will consider Eastern or Western Associations. Clergy standing in Eastern Association for 29 years.

Karl Kindt III

314-308-7075 (cell) : 229 N. Bompart, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119 : kkindt@earthlink.net
Former pastor of Trinity, Lexington, MO; Salvator, St. Louisi, MO and Union Road UCC, Western New York. Currently offers a children’s presentation with stories as a knight in armor (see www.knightforhire.com). UCC ordained June, 1971. Available to serve in the whole state of Missouri. I can come in full armor and preach about the Armor of God but also in traditional garments to preach on the Word of God that brings rest and peace and joy to those in Christ or seeking to know Him.


Lois Mueller

510-759-2008 : revlmueller@gmail.com


Carlos Ramon

816-868-5960. 3849 Blue Ridge Blvd, Independence, MO 64052. cramon57@gmail,com

I’m available to congregations in the WA and EA, any Sunday.

Karen Redman

816-650-3047 (h) : 816-650-3552 (w) : 214 W. Old Lexington Road; Levasy, MO 64066 : karenredman@juno.com

Available to serve churches in the Western Association.

Judith Scott 

Available for pulpit supply in WA., scottjudy@centurylink.net


Betty Thaller

660-584-3603 (w) : 660-584-7460 (h) : 508 West 27th Street; Higginsville, MO 64037 : bthaller@ctcis.net
Licensed pastor in Western Association. Enjoys preaching using the lectionary scriptures. Available within a one hour drive of Higginsville.