Rev. Dr. Susan R. Andrews, Interim Pastor

I have been in love with the church all my life. Both my father and grandfather were Presbyterian ministers, and going to church as a child was as familiar as brushing my teeth. Though I studied religion in college in the late 60s, pastoral ministry was the farthest thing from my mind – because I had never seen a woman pastor. But then the college chaplain encouraged me to explore the [read more...]

Rev. Anastassia C. Sharpe, Associate Pastor for Member Care

I was recently ordained into PCUSA, and am the first woman in my long line of family ministers to follow that call. I am a sibling to two- my older brother is a pastor in Tallahasse, FL., and my older sister is a lawyer in Fayetteville, N.C. I was raised by a single mom who I happily claim as my best friend. Family and friends are central to my identity since... [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...]