Staff


Pastor, Rev. Dan Wilson

The Rev. Dan Wilson has been serving God as the pastor of Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ since 1999. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from the Ohio State University.  In 1987, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and he was ordained into Christian ministry at North Congregational United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Dan previously served UCC congregations in Oakville, Missouri; Evansville, Wisconsin; and Eureka, Kansas. He celebrates, “Serving God as a pastor offers ever-new challenges, exceptional blessings, and profound joys!  I am grateful to God for this privilege.  It is a humbling and holy calling.”  God has blessed Pastor Dan and his wife Sue with a precious family  –  two dearly loved human daughters, and a much-loved “four-legged child, our family Golden Retriever!”

Thanks to God’s Church, Pastor Dan is discovering his personal love for God steadily growing.  Following Christ is a collective effort. He marvels at all that he himself receives as part of God’s community of faith. His years in ministry have enabled Pastor Dan to experience the goodness, kindness, unselfishness, and graciousness of people who are aspiring to follow Christ.

Pastor Dan loves the United Church of Christ. This is a church for everyone. We believe God loves all people. Whoever you are, you’re welcome here.  Ivy Chapel UCC is a community of faith where all are accepted and loved. Come, and be a part of this life-giving community of God.

Youth Program Coordinator, Linda Lowry

“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, Office Administrator

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.

 

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