People and Staff

In addition to an amazing team of volunteers, Peace UCC has many staff members that help guide our community. Visit the Contact Info page to get in touch. Governing bodies, planning teams and ministry circles can be found here.

Rev. Wendy BrunerRev. Wendy Bruner, Pastor                                         Wendy Bruner is an ordained UCC pastor who comes to Peace from serving Zion UCC in South Bend Indiana. She is a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary. Before and during seminary, Wendy advocated and worked for people with developmental disabilities through St. Louis Arc. She is a musician who loves a wide variety of music, is an avid reader, loves animals and is passionate about learning and justice. There is nothing Wendy enjoys more than sitting down with friends – new and old – for meaningful conversation and a good cup of coffee. Please join her one day.

Rev. Marilyn Stavenger, Pastoral Associate
Marilyn is an ordained UCC pastor who served Park Church in Toledo, Ohio, for 26 years before joining the Eden faculty in 1988. She retired as Professor of Field Education and the Practice of Ministry at Eden Theological Seminary in 2003, but continues to teach “UCC History and Polity” each year and other courses as need arises. She lives in Kirkwood and enjoys caring for her home, lawn and gardens. Marilyn loves cooking, travel, animals, books, friends, Eden and Peace UCC.  She serves as one of the Pastoral Associates, attends both services every Sunday, and often teaches in Adult Education. Marilyn is on the Finance Team.

Darcy Swanson, Music Coordinator
Darcy Swanson, now our Music Coordinator, began her ministry as Children’s Music Director in fall of 2002 and has become an indispensable member of our music team. She is an excellent musician and amazingly gifted with children and youth. In addition to her work at church, Darcy is a full time kindergarten teacher and offers private music instruction.


Kelly Archer, Peace Administration and Communications Coordinator                                         Kelly Archer is well aware that church communication pieces, particularly those online, serve as front-line evangelism for those seeking community. And as an administrator, she is often first in line to offer our extravagant welcome. Kelly delights in these aspects of her work, ever allowing her to show and share the love of this congregation with the world outside our red doors. Kelly serves as a staff representative on the Learning Team and is involved in many aspects of faith formation at Peace UCC. Kelly is also a Masters of Divinity student at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO.

Paul Kachulis, Bookkeeper A certified public accountant and retired auditor for the federal government, Paul brings remarkable attention to detail as he manages our church finances.

Alicia Siddiqui, Nursery Coordinator
Alicia Siddiqui attends to the youngest Peace folk on Sunday mornings. Alicia shares her love of children, her years of child care experience, and her creative touch with our children every Sunday morning.

Sunday Morning Hosts                                                                                                       Three fabulous youth: Lily Tesch, Alex White, and Cole Schnell rotate monthly to serve as our Sunday Morning Host. Our host prepares the building for worship, ensures a comfortable sanctuary temperature, puts on the fair trade coffee and extends our extravagant welcome to visitors and new faces.

Laurel Hayes, Campus Minister to Webster University
Laurel is a UCC pastor who serves as adjunct faculty at Webster University teaching courses on Spirituality.  Laurel also volunteers her time as a campus minister at WU.

Don Hubatka, Staff Member Emeritus
Don Hubatka officially retired in November 2007. But after more than a decade in the office, he continues to be a gracious consultant and ever faithful friend.