MEET OUR STAFF

Rev. Anastassia Sharpe

Supply Senior Minister

Pastor Anna is a North Carolina native, but is now a St. Louisan - of sorts. She moved here right after she graduated from Princeton Seminary to take her first call as Associate Pastor for Member Care at a local Presbyterian church. Not long thereafter, she met her then fiancé, David Cooper, who she just married on September 1st, 2019! Before she met David, Anna spent her academic years as a Philosophy of Religion Major at the College of Wooster (where Pastor Kelly went!), and then served as a paralegal in a family law office for three years.

 

In wanting to pray for clients more than filing their paperwork, Anna then followed the call to seminary. That led her to lots of interesting places, including Paris, France for a year of full-time ministry. In her study at Princeton, she fell in love with Hebrew studies and eventually wrote a thesis on the book of Proverbs and taught Biblical Hebrew. When she's not living out her call to serve God’s people, she likes to write, cook, and enjoy all different kinds of leisure sports. She claims to be no good at any of them, but likes to play tennis, sail, ride horses, and on occasion will try to golf. Her greatest joy, however, is to host and spend time with loved ones - she's definitely an extrovert. Pastor Anna is thrilled to begin her ministry at St. Lucas and looks forward to getting to know all of you.

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.

Kit Norton

Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Christopher (Kit) Norton graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He currently is also a teacher in the Lindbergh School District. Before coming to St. Lucas UCC, Kit served as a Camp MoVal staff member for more than 9 summers, was the Director of Youth Ministry in a two-church charge position with St. Philips UCC and St. Martins UCC.

Amy Bush

Assistant 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.

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.

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. Megan has spent the past four years working 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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