e celebrate our past, our present, and our future. St. John was founded as The United Evangelical Church of Manchester in January 1860 by our German ancestors. From its early beginnings as a predominantly rural area church, St. John has grown into an open and welcoming church for the suburban West St. Louis County community. We are blessed with financial strength, excellent facilities, and a long tenure of pastors. We look forward to a promising future as we grow individually and collectively in God’s grace.

Our vision at St. John UCC Manchester is to create family of faith, open to all, celebrating our past as we forge our future: WELCOMING the Spirit, GROWING in Christ’s love, SERVING God’s world.


Our Mission

We strive for God’s P.E.A.C.E. by:

Praising God through Worship
Educating through Discipleship
Affirming all people through Fellowship
 Communicating the gospel through Evangelism
Emulating Jesus’ love through Ministry


Loving the Lord with all our hearts as we unite together in giving glory, honor and thanks.
Interpreting Christ’s teachings from the Bible and nurturing people’s spiritual relationship with the Living God.
A sense of belonging to Christ’s family with every other person of faith.
Sharing the promise of God’s Good News in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Helping people become more Christ-like in their thoughts, feelings and actions.

Our Staff Members


The Rev. Dr. Kevin P. Gregory

  Kevin became Senior Pastor of St. John United Church of Christ in 2007. He is originally from the suburbs of Chicago where he attended Elmhurst College. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Kevin went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. In 2008, Kevin graduated...

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Mr. Tim Osiek

Tim Osiek has served as music director at St. John UCC for over 12 years.  He plays piano, organ, and trumpet, and enjoys incorporating many different styles of music in the service, including jazz.  In addition to playing during worship, Tim is the director of the Sanctuary Choir, Bell Choir,...

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Dr. Michael V. Smith

  Michael became the part-time organist for St. John UCC Manchester on December 4, 2016. Michael is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He directs the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in...

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