Care Ministries

Angel Meals
There are times in all of our lives when we could use a little help. Nothing big, just a little something that makes the day a bit easier and reminds us that we are not alone. Sometimes it’s as simple as a homemade meal. A meal that sustains our bodies and feeds our souls. The Congregational Care Committee has decided to begin Angel Meals to offer just this kind of help to our members. We envision many opportunities where Angel Meals can be of assistance; coming home after a hospital stay, a family spending the majority of their time at a loved one’s bedside, or any number of other life circumstances. We invite you to help us in this endeavor.
A monetary donation can me made by noting Angel Meals on the envelope in the offering plate or you may contact the church office at 636-561-4347 or email dpc@dpc4u.org if you would like to help.
Congregational Care

Please check back. More information to be added soon. [Grief books, baby blankets, personal help & prayer, etc]

Prayer Shawl Ministry

For more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please check the Outreach page.

Teddy Bear Ministry

Do you know of a child that is having surgery, or is in the hospital, or is ill, or recently lost a close relative like a parent or sibling or grandparent? Do you know of a teenager that has low self-­esteem? Do you know of someone who is going through a rough time in their lives? If so, then through a gift of a Teddy Bear and the Teddy Bear Ministry, you can show that person just how much God and others care and love them.

Teddy Bears are to be used in the same manner as the prayer shawls for children who are ill or in the hospital. However, there is no age limit for the receivers and can be given to teenagers and adults as well. The Bears can be gifted to anyone by anyone. They are located in a blue tub in the closet across from the mailboxes in the office. When giving the Teddy Bears, please record the date and to whom you are giving the bear on the clip board in the closet. For more information or questions, contact Leah Reynolds at 636­-485­-9653.

Helping Hands

For more information about the Helping Hands Ministry, please check the Outreach page.

Intercessory Prayer Team

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness…”— Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

We believe that Dardenne Church is called to be a family of prayer … that each of us has the incredible privilege of coming to a Father who truly does hear and answer prayer. The development of a consecrated prayer life should be a priority for every Christian.

Yet some are called to serve as intercessors to seek the will of God for our church and to bring the praises and requests of others before His throne. Thus, we have the Intercessory Prayer Team.

Our team of intercessors meets in the conference room at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. A typical session includes reading Scripture and prayers for our world, nation, and community. We regularly lift up the needs of the suffering and persecuted, and offer prayers for missionaries throughout the world. Closer to home, we intercede for our families and young people as well as for those who have shared their need for prayer with our team by completing a prayer request form.

May we minister to you through prayer? Do you feel a call on your heart to join our prayer team? Feel free to contact us.

Pastoral Care / Prayer Requests
For pastoral care: To notify the church of illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths; or to pass along a prayer request; or to arrange homebound communion; or to share good news, contact the church office at 636-561-4347.
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry

Love one another as I have loved you…

Loving and caring for one another is not just the pastor’s job – it’s something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a program in which people with special training for caring can put those gifts to use. Contact Hugh or Cathy McCulloch at 636-561-8151 or Jennifer Kessler at 314-580-7279, for a Stephen Minister if you are in a difficult life situation.

The After People

Frequently friends will ask, “I know you’re involved in Stephen Ministry. Can you tell me exactly what a Stephen Minister is?” I like to explain that Stephen Ministers are “After People.”

Stephen Ministers are there:
after you’ve washed and returned the last casserole dish.
after the divorce papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life.
after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty.
after you arrive home following the funeral service and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
after the relationship has ended but the wounds are still bleeding and painful.
after the doctors have said, “There’s nothing more we can do.”
after the door has slammed shut—for the very last time.
after the phone call you’d always hoped you’d never get.
after you realize the hands on the gold watch you received at your retirement
party move more slowly than you ever imagined.
after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your
new home.”
after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
after the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible.
after you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck.
after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” We are ready to come alongside
You – or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives – and provide comfort and support for as long “after” as we are needed.

Adapted from a presentation made during a worship service by Enie Bourland, a lay Stephen Leader at Houston’s First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
Copyright © 2003 by Stephen Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri

Prayer Calendar

To pass along a prayer request; or to share good news, or to be added to the Prayer Chain, contact the church office at 636-561-4347.

 

Terry Epling

Interim Pastor

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Great News!  Reverend Terry Epling has been selected as Interim Pastor by the Session and approved by the Presbytery.   Reverend Epling is very familiar with Dardenne Presbyterian Church – its congregation, ministries, and missions.  He served as the Stated Clerk of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery from 2001 to 2016.  In that capacity, he has preached at DPC and participated in DPC worship and events.  Most recently, Terry was serving as the Interim Pastor at Cape Girardeau First Presbyterian Church. His wife, Annie, is also a pastor serving Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church in Frontenac. They have four children. Their oldest, Henry, attends The College of Wooster in Ohio. Their son, Tommy, is a senior and their daughter, Julia, is a freshman at Kirkwood High School. Their youngest, Charlotte, is a fourth grader at Tillman Elementary in Kirkwood. Reverend Epling looks forward to getting to know everyone better and serving alongside church members during this important period of finding a senior pastor.

 

 

Andrew Kasberg

Associate Pastor

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Andrew was installed as the Associate Pastor in August 2014 at Dardenne Presbyterian Church. He is the son of a Presbyterian minister and has lived throughout the country. While he considers Jacksonville, FL his hometown, he has also lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and most recently California. Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Florida, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Since his ordination in 2007, he has served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Burbank in Burbank, CA where he preached, taught Bible studies, ran the Student Ministry program, and led the worship team.

Andrew and his wife Caitlin were married in 2012 in Hollywood, CA. In addition to Andrew’s role at the church and Caitlin’s job in Los Angeles as a teacher, they served as the onsite Care Coordinators for an emancipated teen program in Burbank. Andrew loves college football (especially the Florida Gators), playing basketball, picking his guitar, and collecting antiques. Caitlin is passionate about discipling women and writing her blog.

Andrew and Caitlin love the Dardenne Presbyterian Church family and are excited about being a part of the work that God is doing in and through the church.

Ms. Karen Loechner

Children's Ministry Director

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Title:  Director of Children’s Ministries and Mother’s Day Out

Hours:  Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

I was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (The Flood City). Zion Lutheran Church was where I was baptized, confirmed, and married. I attended the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After college, I worked as a bank teller until I was hired as a 4th grade teacher. We lived in Harrisburg, PA and Boston, MA, until a job transfer moved us to St. Charles in 1987.

I have two children who were both baptized at my home church and confirmed here at Dardenne. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Missouri at St. Louis where he obtained a degree in Finance. Kyle and his wife Leyna were married on June 15th of this year. (I am officially a mother-in-law!) Kara attended Lindenwood University, majoring in Elementary Education. She was married here at Dardenne on November 15th to her fiancé, Justin. I am enjoying being a grandma.

I came to Dardenne as a mom looking for a preschool for Kara. Adam Lamb Preschool was getting ready to open its doors in September of 1987 and she was in the first 3 year old class. Kara also attended kindergarten here (yes, we had a kindergarten for several years.) For 2 years I was the substitute teacher and then hired as a full-time teacher for 2 years. In September of 1991, I was hired as the Director of Christian Education and though my job title has changed, with some additions and subtractions, I have been doing the same job all these years. That makes me the staff member with the most years of service. My duties include overseeing the Children’s Sunday School Program, the Nursery, Wednesday Bible Clubs, Mini MAD camp, and Vacation Bible School (VBS). I also direct the Mother’s Day Out program and lead Chapel for the preschool.

In my spare time, I love to garden, read, bowl, scrapbook, spend time with my children and friends, and travel when I can. If I could move all of us (that includes you who are reading this), closer to the ocean, I would spend every spare moment at the beach!

God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him and the members of Dardenne for more than 18 years. If you need some exercise and feel like a walk, stop by my office at the end of the building closest the Rock Church, and say hi!

Becky Kronauge

Director of Youth Ministry

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Becky joined our staff at Dardenne Presbyterian Church as the Director of Youth Ministry in March of 2017. Becky and her husband, Roy, have been married for over 18 years, and they have four children: Spencer, Noah, Griffin, and Sydney. Becky graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1996 and has over 20 years in leadership development working with teens, parents, and families. In her spare time, Becky enjoys reading, baking, and running, but ultimately her heart beats for raising up Kingdom changers of all ages. As a family, the Kronauges can’t wait to meet people and get plugged in. When you see them around, stop to say hi, and give them high fives or hugs.

Karla Leigh

Children's Choir and YouthWorship Arts Director

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After moving to Lake Saint Louis with husband, Jerry, and thereafter two children, Karla served as the Director of Music at Dardenne Presbyterian for 25 years, establishing three children’s choirs, a youth choir, three hand-bell choirs, a string ensemble and a band. In addition to directing the adult choir, she served as musical director for VBS and children’s musicals. After her retirement from DPC, she served as interim choir director, praise team leader and established the Children’s Music program at Grace Presbyterian Church, a new church plant. It was her great honor to serve there until she felt the Lord calling their family back to Dardenne. Karla says, “It is an enormous blessing to once again serve the Lord and His people in the church that has meant so much to our family over the years. Thank you for this renewed opportunity to guide our precious children in an understanding of what it means to worship and glorify God with His gift of music

Stefanie Liesman

Leader of Traditional Music Ministries

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Stefanie Liesman has been serving at Dardenne Presbyterian Church as Leader of Traditional Music Ministries since August 2014.  She directs the Chancel Choir and oversees the musical offerings for Dardenne’s 8:00 and 9:30 worship services.  Stefanie initially served as Director of Music at Dardenne from August 1999 to June 2002 and also served as Interim Music Director in 2006 and 2014.  Stefanie graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1995 and completed her Master’s Degree in Church Music at Concordia University River-Forest in 1999.  She has held various music positions including elementary music teacher, organist, pianist, handbell director, children’s choir director, and piano teacher.  Stefanie and her husband, Steve, have 2 children, Jenna and Eric.

Stuart Harrier

Praise & Worship Leader

Julie Foster

Nannette Tornblom

Organist

Benny Hedden

Church Administrator

September Wilson

Financial Secretary

Josh Eaton

Communications Coordinator

Myron Lindsey

Facilities Manager