The commitment of the leadership at St. Paul's Church is at the heart of what makes us a living, thriving church. They are dedicated to serving the community and strengthening the impact of our church on people’s lives.
The Rev. Tom Ressler
Originally from Indiana, Pastor Tom Ressler grew up in the United Church of Christ at St. John's UCC in Indianapolis. He is a proud graduate of Indiana University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. He then attended Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, earning a Masters of Divinity degree. Prior to coming to St. Paul UCC in 2007, Tom served churches in Springboro, Ohio; Bargersville and Evansville, Indiana; and Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to his pastoral ministry at St. Paul, Tom is also a Chaplain at Mercy Hospice. Tom has two grown children, Laura (and her husband Adam) and Luke (and his wife Hannah). He has two grandchildren with a third expected in late July. Tom has been married to Lorin Cope since 2016; their wedding filled the Sanctuary of St. Paul UCC with friends and family. In his spare time, Tom enjoys traveling, theater, and reading.
A native of northeast Ohio, Lorin Cope has served in staff positions in settings of the United Church of Christ: local churches, association, conference and nationally. Lorin has also served on the development staff of agencies of the United Church of Christ. Before accepting the position at St. Paul, Lorin served as the Director for Advancement for UCC Church Giving at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Lorin is also the Wedding Coordinator at St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ in Mehlville; the Clerk of the St. Louis Association and chairs the Our Church’s Wider Mission Committee for the Missouri Mid-South Conference. When not working at St. Paul, Lorin enjoys traveling, visiting restaurants and caring for the family cat, Mariah. Lorin is married to Rev. Tom Ressler.
Director of Music and Organist
Christopher joined the staff of St. Paul in July 2021. He studied organ at Drury University and moved to St. Louis in 2012. Besides playing the organ, Christopher enjoys gardening, sewing, baking, graphic design, trains and spending time with his fiance of 5 years Michael and their fur-children: Marigold (Tabby), Jackie (German Shepherd), June (Collie/Boxer) and Seraphina (Mastiff/Boxer/Australian Shepherd).
Asst. Financial Secretary
Mary Ann Morcom
Building and Grounds
Worship and Music
Mary Ann Morcom