MEET OUR STAFF

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

Rev. Dr. William M. Smutz

Interim Senior Minister

The Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz, has been an ordained Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years. A native of Webster Groves, his academic background includes a B.A. in Economics & Business from Westminster College (Fulton, MO), a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary. Bill has served churches in Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana. He served as the interim/transitional pastor at St. John’s UCC,Chesterfield from September 2015 – November, 2017, and since December 2017 has been the interim/transitional pastor at First Congregational Church of St. Louis in Clayton. Bill and his wife, Gina, have three adult sons, and are over-the-moon grandparents of Taylor, George and Maggie! Bill is an anglophile, music lover, apple grower, architecture junkie, stamp collector, frustrated model railroader……who thinks the Green Bay Packers hold a special place in the divine pantheon……who knows that disciples of Jesus always live in hope……who trusts that there will always be a Church of Jesus Christ, but believes the Holy Spirit is presently reshaping the church in new and different ways for God’s unfolding future! 

Rev. Kelly Archer

Associate Minister of Congregational Life

Pastor Kelly is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. She grew up in the congregation of St. Paul's UCC in Belleville, IL and joined Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, in preparation for her first born's baptism. Kelly first came to St. Lucas as a Student Pastor, completing her Contextual Education assignments from Eden Theological Seminary. In May 2019 Kelly graduated from Eden and accepted our Call to become the Minister of Congregational Life. Kelly delights in all things church, but most especially the people!

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.

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.

Lynn Fey

Youth Co-Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aerin "Ariel" Johnson

Audio Visual Coordinator

Aerin “Ariel” Johnson is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and has been working with video, writing, and multimedia since she was in elementary school. While in middle and high school, she was very involved with both her youth group at church and Job's Daughters International as a part of Bethel 19, serving in various roles of leadership. At Truman State University, she studied Communication and English, focusing on Broadcast Journalism. While there, she worked at the college television station, becoming Producer halfway through her sophomore year, then Executive Producer her junior. After graduating, Ariel took a year-long position with City Year Americorps working in East Side, San Jose, California at Overfelt High School, tutoring in English and Ethnic Studies. She also spends time helping in her home church with audio visual needs, and had even been invited to preach on occasion. In her free time, Ariel spends a lot of time trying to explore new areas, bringing any camera she can get her hands on, telling and writing stories, and watching whatever baking or travel show suits her fancy.

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.

Lynda Klosterman

Preschool Director

Lynda has a Master's degree in Education and a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has worked for the Lindbergh and Maplewood school districts for the last 30 years as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. She is a long standing member of St. Lucas and has volunteered in the church school and vacation bible school over the years. She has 3 children and lives in Crestwood.

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