Rev. Kelly Johnson, Pastor
Our Pastor, Rev. Kelly Johnson, is a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO. 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 SLSO 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 1891 in the city of St. Louis. (Click here to meet the dogs.)
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.
Kathy Ronquillio, Accompanist
For over 10 years, Kathy has been sharing her abundant musical gifts with the people of Eden United Church of Christ. She is a very talented musician whose playing has inspired the faithful, comforted the grieving and healed the afflicted. Kathy earned a Master of Music, Piano Performance from Webster University and teaches piano lessons in the community.
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
welcome all within the church and coordinate events such as the Affton Days Parade and New Members’ dinner. They work toward church growth and relations with the community at large.
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. They assist the Church Council in providing guidelines for the use of the church building to community groups.