Our Team

Senior Pastor, Rev. Michelle Torigian

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.  

 

Dr .Bill Wade
Director of Music

Dr. Wade has been involved in church music since the age of 14.  He has served churches in TX, OK, KS and MO. He is a former Dean of the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Handbell Association of America and the Hymn Society of North America and Canada.  Dr. Wade is a retired physician, has a Masters degree in organ performance from Webster University, and a Masters in Public Health from Saint Louis University.

Sue Hoffmann
Coordinator - Mother's Day Out

I am a retired educator who has always loved children and the joy they bring to families. After receiving an Associate Degree from Southwestern Illinois College, I attended SIUE where I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and a Specialist Degree in Education Administration. The majority of my career was spent at High Mount School as a teacher, principal and superintendent. I retired in 2007 and spent the next twelve years as an adjunct professor at McKendree University. 

Danii Green

Media and Technology Director

I grew up in Bloomington IL. I graduated from Normal West High School in 2017. While in high school I was a part of a First Robotics team. I then went to Heartland Community College, where I got my Associates Degree. I am currently attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will finish my undergraduate in spring of 2023. I am an avid Esports fanatic and a huge Cloud9 fan. In my free time I enjoy playing League of Legends with friends and spending time with my two guinea pigs, Zack and Cody.


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.

Stephenie Bauza

Accountant

I am a member of St. Paul's UCC for over 15 years and sing in the choir, play bells, am President of the Women's Guild, a member of Stewardship and Nominating and Prayer Shawl coordinator. Now I am very excited about joining the St. Paul staff.

Donna Young

Receptionist/Secretary

Jim and I have been members of St. Paul for over 24 years and I look forward to serving the church and all of you in my new position as Receptionist/Secretary.


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.