Mrs. Robin Crawford, Director of Faith Formation & Family Ministry

I have fond memories of my Sunday School teachers, youth director and all the adults who supported my growing up in the First Christian Church in Denton, TX. As a 20 year member of Ladue Chapel, I have enjoyed engaging in our church’s efforts to help our children grow in faith. [read more...]

Mrs. Anne Peacock, Ministry Assistant

I have been a member of Ladue Chapel since 1975, when my family moved here from York, PA. As a student, I was very active in youth fellowship, taught Sunday School, attended mission trips, and enjoyed singing in choir and ringing handbells. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The College of Wooster in Ohio, I volunteered with youth ministry, and have been serving Ladue Chapel since 1994. [read more...]

Mr. David Erwin, Director of Music Ministry

I have been Director of Music Ministry at Ladue Chapel since 2005. I am responsible for the overall music program, which is both my calling and my joy. I direct the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, Carol Choir, Chorister Choir, Chapel Ringers and Gen/Rev Ringers. I play the organ for Sunday services, as well as for weddings and funerals. [read more...]

Rev. Melanie Smith, Associate Pastor, Youth and Young Adults

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and called Spokane, WA home for 24 years. When I went off to college I knew that I loved working with children, youth, and their families and dreamed of being a pediatric nurse. But biochemistry quickly changed my mind. During my sophomore year at Whitworth University, I took a religion course. On the first day of class, the professor said, “Ask any question you want about Jesus, God, Christianity-every question is fair game.” [read more...]

Rev. Dr. Dieter U. Heinzl, Associate Pastor, Faith Formation

I was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany, have lived in the United States since 1987 and am holding dual citizenship—just like the guy from the Bourne Identity … if you are a movie fan. My journey in the US has taken me from Houston to Austin, Texas, to Princeton, New Jersey, and, finally to St. Louis, in August, 2001. [read more...]

Rev. Dr. Mark P. Thomas, Pastor and Head of Staff

Welcome! I became the Pastor/Head of Staff of Ladue Chapel in 2005 after serving congregations in Dayton, Ohio and Port Huron, Michigan. I earned my bachelors degree at Duke University and my Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. My grandparents served as Presbyterian Missionaries in Hainan, China, and my father was a Presbyterian minister as well as his three brothers. I represent the fifth generation of Presbyterian clergy in my family. [read more...]