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.  

 

Craig Bielke

Pastoral Care Associate

Craig lives in Crestwood, MO with his wife, Katie Jo, and their fur-baby, Booth the German Shepherd Dog. He is an native Texan, and enjoys spending his free time either bicycling, fishing, or kayaking. 

 

Dan Fry

Director of Music Ministry

I have spent many years in church ministry as organist, choir director, or Director of Music at several churches in Missouri and Illinois, and am happy to serve at St. Paul. I consider it a privilege to work with the talented musicians and staff members here.

Rachel Butko
Director - Mother's Day Out

live in Columbia, IL with my husband Mike and our two children. I have a

Bachelor’s Degree in  Management 

and have worked  as Director of Physcian Recruitment as well as formed a non profit organization to address domestic violence.


Tyler Kohrs
Christian Education Director

Hello, My name is Tyler Kohrs. I am the Christian Education Director here at St. Paul UCC in Belleville. I am from Trenton, Illinois. I graduated in 2016 from Greenville College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work.  I cannot wait to get to know everyone at St. Paul UCC.

Tina Lake-Hopper

Office Coordinator

I am a blessed member of St. Paul UCC as well as staff. I am proud to serve on the St. Paul Tech Crew, Website Team, Worship Board and Council, and have been on the Discernment Committee, Interim Ministry and Pastoral Search Teams.  I enjoy making memories with my son, Carson, my nephew, Kamden, and my niece, Kennedy, every chance possible.   

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.

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Pat Kinney

Facilities 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.​​​​​​​

Karen Juenger

Receptionist/Secretary

After retiring from full-time employment in the secretarial/bookkeeping field I joined  the St. Paul UCC staff as the Receptionist.  I enjoy volunteering at my church, reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with my family.​​​​​​​


Stephanie Elmore

Custodian

My name is Stephanie Elmore. I have lived in Belleville all my life, I enjoy baking and cooking and always have a smile. I like to help. I’m glad to be a part of St. Paul’s staff and all the people in it!