Our Team

Senior Pastor,

Rev. Michelle Torigian  (she/her)

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is currently the senior pastor at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, IL and recently served as pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to ministry, Rev. Torigian worked in fundraising and marketing for nonprofits as her previous career.  She graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in 2010, Fontbonne University in 1995 and is a graduate of Belleville West High School.  Rev. Torigian is the author of a number of articles on the Huffington Post Religion page including “Between Childless and Childfree,” a reflection for Mother’s Day.  Rev. Torigian has also written various pieces for the United Church of Christ including for the New Sacred blog, the worship service for General Synod in 2015, and the UCC Daily Devotional.  Her essay “Always the Pastor, Never the Bride” was published in the book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and her essay "Worshiping in the Gaps: Developing Unique Worship Services" in the book Sacred Habits: Rise of the Creative Clergy. She has also written pieces for the 2017 book A Child Laughs.  Rev. Torigian regularly posts her musings on current events, justice issues, pop culture, and theology at www.michelletorigian.com.  


Ministry Assistant for Congregational Care and Christian Education,

Rev. Tim Powers-Reed

The Reverend Timothy Powers-Reed is a Christ follower, activist, pastor, and poet. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he loves faith deeply and is committed to finding ways to continue to bring the gospel into the world, past this generation, and into those to follow. Tim attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for his undergraduate work. Tim also attended Rockford University for graduate work in multiple intelligences, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2006. Tim was previously named the state winner of Excellence in Teaching in Illinois in 2006. Tim received his Master of Divinity degree in 2022 from Eden Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from the same institution. He is passionate about justice and Jesus and works as the settled pastor of Trinity UCC Belleville, the Ministry Assistant for St. Paul’s UCC in Belleville, and serves as the president of Common Ground, the LGBTQIA+ organization at Eden Theological Seminary. Tim is a published author and is currently the author of www.pastortalk.net, a blog that shares inclusivity, poetry, and devotions with the world. Tim currently resides alongside his husband, Shea Powers-Reed, and their dog, Ivy, in Florissant, Missouri. In his spare time, Tim can be found crafting, reading, playing board games, and tackling DIY projects!

Tristan Frampton 

Music Director

Tristan Frampton is a music professor and director of music activities at the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis, where he conducts multiple vocal and instrumental ensembles and teaches music-related coursework.  An active musician, he has enjoyed singing Renaissance music with both Pro-Arte St. Louis and Vox Fidentium, and repeatedly been invited as a tenor soloist with the Rolla Choral Arts Society.  He has served as a music director for the Ozark Actors Theatre, and been invited to guest conduct musical theatre performances for Fine Linen Drama.  In addition to singing and conducting, Tristan also composes music.  His compositions have been premiered both in the United States and abroad.  Tristan studied music performance and conducting at Truman State University and the University of Arizona, and holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Missouri.  When he is not teaching, making music, or composing, Tristan enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons.  

Kevin Chunko 


Kevin Chunko has served a wide variety of congregations as a church musician.  His degrees are from Millikin University and Western Illinois University, both in organ performance.  He pursued doctoral studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied organ with Dana Robinson and early music with harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax-Moersch.  Past teachers include Frances Griffith, Anita Eggert Werling, Brett Schuster (trombone), and Jeremy Brunk (composition).  Kevin has also served as University Organist and adjunct faculty accompanist for vocal soloists and choirs at Illinois Wesleyan University.  He has also worked in organ building, serving as a voicer and tonal finisher on new and rebuilt organ installations.    

Sherry Wilhelm 

Office Manager

I grew up in the Belleville area and now live in Mascoutah with my husband of 22 years, Doug. We have two children who are both attending college. I love animals and have two dogs, three cats, and a fish. For fun, I attend music festivals and concerts. I also love plants and flowers and enjoy spending time on my patio.

Kathy Buehler


I am married to my husband Rob of 47 years.  We have two children and three grandchildren.  My prior employment consisted of 36 years in the banking industry.  I enjoy spending time with family and doing crafts.

Mary Blaies

Support Staff

I grew up in Belleville and have lived in the village of Freeburg for the past 30 years with my husband Mike. We have three adult children and three grandchildren in the local area.  I am excited to join this team and contribute any way I can.  I enjoy music and spending time with family and friends.

Pat Kinney

Facility Manager

I am proud to be a part of the team at St. Paul. Besides the joy of working with a talented group of people in a Christ-like environment, I love spending time with family and being outdoors. I pray that I may contribute something to St. Paul and the community daily.

Evan Wilhelm

Support Staff

Evan is a recent graduate of Mascoutah High School and attends classes at SWIC.  When Evan isn't at work or school, he enjoys playing board games with his friends.  

Ian Hipkins

 Technology Coordinator

I am a full-time junior student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville..