The Rev. Daniel Wilson has been serving God as the pastor of Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ since 1999. After receiving a BA from Ohio State University, he attended Eden Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1987. Later that year he was ordained into Christian ministry in Ohio and then served as pastor of UCC congregations in Oakville, Mo.; Evansville, Wisconsin; and Eureka, Kansas. Pastor Dan and his wife Sue have two dearly loved daughters, of whom he says, ”a spectacular gift from God for which we are especially grateful.”
“This is the perfect job for me. I love children, I love God and I love to talk.” – Linda Lowry
Linda began her role as Youth Program Coordinator at Ivy Chapel in 2002, although her service to Ivy began much earlier than that.
Linda and her husband, Steve, joined Ivy in 1980. She served on the preschool board for Ivy Chapel’s School for Young Children, and was later a teacher of the class for two year olds. As a member of Ivy’s Christian Education Board, she volunteered as Sunday School Superintendent and also chaired the board.
Linda and Steve have four children. She holds a degree from Southwestern Illinois College.
Minister of Music, Anna DiVesta
“Music expresses what words cannot.” – Anna DiVesta
From a young age, Anna DiVesta’s parents recognized her musical ability. She played simple melodies on the family piano from a young age, and started lessons at the age of four. By kindergarten, she was playing for her classes, and she was active in her church music program throughout childhood. Anna graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, where she studied classical piano, jazz piano and organ. Anna and her husband (also a musician) met in a music store, and have a son, Miller.
Frieda Clark became Ivy’s Secretary in 2006, a job she accepted because it gave her a chance to continue practicing her skills and also fulfilled her desire to serve the Lord. Frieda previously worked for several churches in the area, chiefly with responsibility for publications and other computer-related services. She grew up in O’Fallon, Mo., and was active in her own church in St. Peters, where she held leadership positions. Frieda and her husband lived in Hawaii and Italy before he retired from the Air Force. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren whom she’d like to see more often.