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MEET OUR STAFF

Contact the staff at St. Lucas UCC at hello@stlucasucc.org.

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REV. VICTORIA HAMPTON

Interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff

Pastor Vicki has served four churches in the St. Louis area, three in the UCC and one in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  An Eden Seminary graduate with an MDiv, she also has a BSBA in accounting with a minor in law and a BA in Radio/TV/Film production with a minor in theater.  She’s knocked around a bit, living in the San Francisco Bay area as well as Columbia and Jefferson City, MO with shorter stints in Peru and Guatemala.  A St. Louis native, she was confirmed at St. Lucas in 1971 (see if you can find her in the downstairs hallway).  She and her husband Keith are the parents of two twenty-something young men, Ben and Jon who also live in the St. Louis area.

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REV. DR. CAROLE BARNER

Interim Minister of Congregational Life

Cradle UCC, Pastor Carole has served United Church of Christ congregations in Columbia, Jefferson City and St. Louis, with a stint in Christian Education in a United Methodist Church in Little Rock. She graduated Eden Theological Seminary twice, with an M. Div. and then a D. Min. Undergraduate study at the University of Missouri-Columbia (M-I-Z-Z-O-U!) yielded a B.A. in Psychology and a journey in music where she met her husband Biff. They have always shared their love of music with their daughters – Erin, who resides in St. Louis, and Kristen who lives in Corpus Christi with husband Robert and their son Bobby.

Pastor Carole believes ministry calls us to creative collaboration, bravery in moving forward, and the openness to God’s question, “What if?”

Her first connection to St. Lucas UCC was through the UCC softball and volleyball programs and other St. Louis Association activities hosted by St. Lucas.   

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MICHELE OTTINGER

Director of Children's Ministries and All-Church Programming

Michele has over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Throughout her career, she served as the executive director for several large child development centers, as a consultant for the state of Missouri Bureau of Child Care and Head Start programs.

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AMY BUSH

Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Amy served on the program staff at Camp MoVal for 2 years after attending camp as both a camper and a counselor for 11 years. She has been a member of Job’s Daughters International for 9 years where she has served in various leadership roles, at both the local and state level, and currently serves as an adult volunteer. Amy earned her Bachelor's in Secondary Education from SEMO.

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LYNN FEY

Co-Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Lynn grew up at St. Lucas and is a life long member of the United Church of Christ. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Lucas. Lynn was an active member of the youth group at St. Lucas. She attended 5 mission trips while in school. She also attended Camp MoVal over her summers.

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SETH CARRUTHERS

Director of Music

Seth Carruthers is serving at St. Lucas UCC as the Director of Music. Seth received a Bachelor of Music in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2015, both from Missouri Baptist University. Since moving to St.Louis in 2002, he has been a part of worship ministry in several churches, leading worship, choirs, worship teams and providing accompaniment. Seth is a Principle Singer with the Bach Society of St. Louis and works full-time for Fontbonne University in Student Registration and Financial Services.

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JOHN GROSS

Staff Organist

John received his Bachelor of Music Degree from St. Louis Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Business Admin. from Washington University.  He has been the Organist for St. Lucas for over 60 years! He previously served as music director and as an accompanist for District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions as well as accompanist coach for Washington University Opera Studio.

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DAVID KUHNS

Saturday Evening Organist

David is an Honor Graduate of South County Technical High School. He has been the organist for the Saturday evening worship service at St. Lucas UCC since 1994. He began organ lessons at the age of 10 and has concentrated on classical organ for much of the last 22 years.

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DEBBIE HEAGLE

Administrative Assistant

Debbie mans the front desk; her cheerful and helpful personality evident when she answers the phone or when you walk in the office. Debbie is knowledgeable in all facets of the office operations and is ready to drop whatever she is doing when a congregant or visitor comes in.

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MEGAN LIGETI

Communications Coordinator

Megan helps shape the message of the church both within our membership and the community around us. She artfully reflects what we're doing in thoughtful and consistent ways. Previously, Megan worked in communications in the ad industry in Chicago and St. Louis.

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KELLY BLESSING

Preschool Director

Kelly Blessing has been a part of St Lucas Preschool since 2011.  She has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  Kelly is married and has 3 boys, all of which attended St Lucas Preschool. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, go to her boys hockey games, root for the St Louis Blues, and read. She loves the dedication of the staff and the long standing traditions that makes St Lucas Preschool such a wonderful place to work.