Pastor

Pastor Meagan McLaughlin
 
Pastor   Meagan McLaughlin. Reverend Meagan McLaughlin (she/her/hers) grew up in the Twin Cities, in Minnesota, and from the beginning enjoyed participating in faith life at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Pastor Meagan attended St. Olaf College, where she was introduced to the ELCA and became an “honorary Lutheran” as she studied education, English, psychology, and religion.
 
After teaching toddlers, working as a technical writer/instructional designer, and nine years of supporting outreach, justice, and caring ministries in the Christian Life Department at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Pastor
Meagan recognized a call to ministry and to the ELCA, and began to follow the sometimes convoluted and winding path to Ordination, with candidacy in the Minneapolis Synod. She studied at Luther Seminary and United Theological Seminary and graduated with her MDiv in December of 2015.
 
Pastor Meagan provided pulpit supply and led forums and workshops for many congregations, and served as a Synodically Authorized Minister (SAM) at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN, from October 2018-October 2019, while eagerly awaiting First Call. She has been a very active member of Proclaim, a ministry of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, an organization connected with the ELCA that supports, encourages, and advocates for LGBTQIA+ seminarians and clergy in the ELCA.
 
Pastor Meagan was called to serve as Pastor at Christ in December of 2019, and was joyfully Ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on January 18th, 2020. Meagan, her wife, Karen, and their three cats live in St Louis. When she is not preaching, providing pastoral care, serving on (yet another) committee, or walking at the Zoo or Botanical Gardens, you can probably find Meagan cuddling with her cats and binge-watching One Day at a Time on Netflix.
Phone: 314.962.6012 Email: pastor@christwg.org

Program Staff

Carolyn Crowe, Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Parish Nurse.  Carolyn is a part-time staff member and longtime member of the church, and is very involved in the health ministry and spiritual care of the congregation.  She is a Deaconess Parish Nurse.  314.962.6011 .
 
Diane Drollinger, Music and Choir Director. Diane is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and holds a degree in vocal music performance. She has conducted various choral ensembles over the past 25 years, has been a recitalist and professional vocalist, and has taught voice privately. Diane has an extensive background in musical theater and served as the Music Director for many community productions when she lived in Ohio. She also has experience working with young voices. A member of Christ Lutheran, Diane directs both the Christ Choir and the Handbell Choir and is on the Worship Committee. 314.962.6011   .
 
Mark Ruff, Organist.  Mark comes to us from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Portland, where he was music director, organist and choir director.  He was previously the organist at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Providence, RI; Park Place Congregational Church in Pawtucket, RI; and Amherst Lutheran Church in Amherst, NY.  He was the organist and accompanist in various Portland recitals.  He has also played for recitals in Bruhl, Germany; and Buffalo and Fredonia, NY.  He studied piano and organ at Lutheran Summer Music, SUNY College at Fredonia, NY, and the University of Buffalo.  He has recently returned from Germany where he was on an extended sabbatical from his professorship at St. Louis University.  Besides his teaching schedule at SLU, Mark has also taught classes for the Lutheran School of Theology-St. Louis.  A member of Christ Lutheran, Mark plays our Schlicker organ  .            
 
Katie Gregston, Children and Youth Coordinator.   Katie is the current Children & Youth Ministries Coordinator at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. Christ Lutheran Church has a long-standing relationship with Emmanuel Episcopal, not least through the joint annual Vacation Bible School, which Katie has been coordinating since she assumed the position. Katie’s position of 28 hours/week at Emmanuel Episcopal will continue and she would be serving both congregations. Thanks to working jointly on the VBS, Katie is already acquainted with several members of Christ Lutheran, and vice versa. Hiring Katie would not only give us the opportunity to fill this new position with a highly qualified and experienced candidate, but it could also allow for a closer relationship with Emmanuel Episcopal and the possibility for further cooperation, particularly with regard to children and youth programming. Katie will minister alongside and provide administrative, programmatic, and spiritual support for volunteer leaders ministering with children and youth. Katie will work 10 hours/week and report to the Pastor. Katie will join us for occasional Sundays and events, and we will hear from her often as she supports leaders in planning, organizing, and communicating events and programs for children and youth of all ages!
 

Admin 

Lisette Kreitler, Office Administrator. Lisette runs the church office at Christ Lutheran and will help direct your calls to the correct person. Phone: 314.962.6011 . Fax: 314.962.4810. E-mail: office@christwg.org.
 

Support 

Tammy Pryor, Bookkeeper.  Tammy is the part-time bookkeeper at Christ Lutheran and is also employed by MetroCoalition of the ELCA/LST as a bookkeeper.  Tammy is a member of Bethel Lutheran ELCA in University City.  She is ready to answer questions about your contributions or donations.  Call Tammy at 314.962.6011 or leave her a note in her mailbox. 

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