Rev. Kelly Johnson, Pastor
Our Pastor, the Reverend Kelly Johnson, earned her Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. A lifelong member of the UCC, Pastor Kelly's faith was formed in places like Moval and Moon Beach Camp and while under the care of Sunday school teachers, hand bell choir directors, and in the company of Confirmands. Pastor Kelly loves to read and write, to play Scrabble, to listen to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and to go out for coffee. Pastor Kelly and her husband Jeffrey share a blended family of six, a pack of Welsh Corgis, and a home built in 1890 in the city of St. Louis. (Click here to meet the dogs.)
Leah Milton, Music Director
Leah Milton began her journey as our Music Director in September 2022. She graduated from SIUe (Music Education - Piano Accompaniment and Voice) and is also a 5th and 6th Grade General Music teacher and chorus accompanist at Dorris Intermediate School in Collinsville, IL. During her free time, Leah loves to spend time with family and friends, play games, and read. She is also an active member of the Bel Canto Chorus of St. Louis, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Vantine, and can often be found performing in musical theater productions around the Saint Louis area.
Lynsey Martin, Office Administrator
From her position in the church office, Lynsey is often first in line to share the extravagant welcome of Eden Church with visitors, new comers, and guests. Her care for this congregation is evident in her dedication to the church, her gifts for administration, and her constant willingness to try something new.
The churches of the United Church of Christ are self-governed with their own constitutions and by-laws, and under the direction of elected lay leaders. We are grateful for the commitment of these leaders and the vision they share for our common life together.
The congregation elects members to a 7-person Church Council on a rotating basis. The congregation meets at least twice a year, at its annual meeting in January and a budget meeting in November. In conjunction with the pastor and the ministry teams, the Church Council is responsible for the spiritual well being of the church; it sets policy, oversees the financial dealings of the church, prepares the annual church budget and calls special meetings as needed.
OUR MINISTRY TEAMS
Our ministry teams support the mission of the church and shape our congregational life together. Working together and growing in faith, our ministry teams are always happy to welcome fresh faces and new ideas.
THE WORSHIP & MUSIC MINISTRY TEAM
works with our organist/pianist, choir director and our pastor to enhance the worship experience especially through special services and events. These include Hanging of the Greens worship in Advent, Lenten study, Holy Week services and an annual service in the park.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TEAM
oversees the running of both the child and adult Sunday School classes. This team also sponsors fundraising events as UNICEF, Heifer International and special activities as Rally Day, Vacation Bible School and a children’s choir.
THE EVANGELISM TEAM
helps Eden Church with the growth and care of our congregation.
THE MISSION & OUTREACH TEAM
helps all of us live into our Gospel mandate to serve one another through community involvement and benevolence opportunities.
THE BUILDING & GROUNDS TEAM
is responsible for maintenance and repair issues of the church itself as well as the parsonage and rental property.