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You can contact any staff member by using the email links below or calling the church phone at 314-821-0911. Voice mail is available if your call is not picked up and someone will get back to you promptly.

Rev. Barbara Gadon, Lead Minister
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Rev. Gadon joined Eliot as our Lead Minister in August 2013. She was raised in a small town near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and brings a Midwestern sensibility: a strong sense of populism, an appetite for substance, and an unpretentious warmth and friendliness.  Humor is important to her.  She says, “If you can’t laugh, you are in the wrong church.”   

Rev. Gadon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on writing and feminist studies. She earned her Masters of Divinity at Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago’s culturally diverse Hyde Park. 

 

2-LW918Rev. Krista Taves, Minister of Congregational Life
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Rev. Taves joined Eliot as our Minister of Congregational Life in 2020. She grew up on a farm in Southwest Ontario, Canada, and has served congregations in the United States since 2004. She and her partner are gradually transforming their small property in the Meramec River Valley into a Missouri native plants sanctuary.  Her social justice passions are racial, reproductive, and environmental justice.

Rev. Taves earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Waterloo, with a focus on Canadian political and social history. She earned her Masters of Arts in History at York University specializing in immigration and religious and cultural history.  She completed her Masters of Divinity at the University of Toronto School of Theology, specializing in pastoral care. 

 

 

 

Scott Stewart, Director of Religious EducationSTEWART, Scott
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Scott Stewart has served as Eliot Chapel’s Director of Religious Education since 2009.  Prior to his work at Eliot, he became certified as a high school social studies teacher and student taught at Webster Groves High School.
 
Some of the major highlights of his job include:
  • Recruiting, developing and supporting volunteer leadership teams for the program, including both youth and adults
  • Coordinating the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program
  • Coordinating and directing the youth program
  • Ongoing publicity about program events and activities
  • Youth leadership development and advocacy for senior high youth, including serving as the Co-Dean of the UU Youth Midwest Leadership School in Decorah, IA, as a Youth Conference (CON) consultant for the MidAmerica Region, and sponsoring youth at the UU General Assembly, and in 2019, attending the UU United Nations Spring Seminar in New York with two Eliot youth. 
  • Serving as a member of the Chapel staff team, supporting the ministry efforts of his colleagues, and representing Eliot Chapel in the wider UU community.
 

Scott and his wife Jennifer have been married for 17 years and live with Mr. Fitz, their cat of almost two years. He enjoys reading, traveling throughout the country, playing games with family and friends, hiking, viewing wildlife, and bird watching. Scott is also an avid supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues.  

 

 

 

Christie Lee, Assistant Director of Religious EducationLee, Christie_staff
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Christie Lee joined the Eliot staff in the fall of 2008 and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful children, youth, and families here at the Chapel.  Her job includes a wide array of responsibilities, some visible and some behind the scenes, but all of which are aimed at helping the program run smoothly and provide meaningful opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, and community for Eliot children, youth, and families. 

Some of her major duties include:

  • Developing lesson plans for preschool and elementary classes
  • Obtaining and setting up supplies for Sunday RE program
  • Supporting our volunteer elementary and preschool teachers
  • Updating and maintaining RE bulletin boards
  • Assisting with correspondence and publicity about program events
  • Coordinating and leading special events & activities
  • Leading orientations and workshops for volunteer teachers


Christie and her husband, Tony, have been married for 20+ years and have two children – Colleen and Tyler. They have two dogs and two cats. Christie loves to volunteer, listen to music, and vacation at the beach and abroad.

 

 

 

sarahp003a_ppSarah Price, Music Director
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Sarah joined the Eliot staff in 2020. Previously, Sarah served as Director of Music and Worship Arts at St. John United Church of Christ for 11 years. She has also served congregations in Illinois and Ohio and is the current Missouri Choral Directors' Association worship and music resource chair.   
 
Sarah grew up in a community west of Chicago and is the oldest of four children. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree, with a minor in women's studies, from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master's of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. In demand as an educator as well as a conductor, Sarah serves on the voice faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, as well as maintaining a private voice studio. She sings with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and has performed with a number of opera companies throughout the country, including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Gateway Opera, and Winter Opera. 
 
Passionate about choir as more than just a group of people that sing together, Sarah believes choirs are micro-communities within the greater church, called to care for one another in celebrations and sorrows. Music is a universal language that connects us, and the Eliot choirs offer that opportunity, for both singers and listeners, to join in that shared experience.
 
Sarah lives in St. Peters with her husband Scott, a software engineer at Apple, and their dogs Zeus, Bella, Goldie, and Lola.

 

 

  

Camille Novak, Director of Finance and Operationscamille novak
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Camille is responsible for keeping Eliot running on a daily basis. She handles pledges, deposits, bills, bank statements, payroll, contracts, management of the administrative staff, and interaction with Eliot Chapel Nursery School. That’s just a short list of the many things Camille does to keep Eliot on track. 

Other major duties include:

  • Check requests
  • Questions about your pledge
  •  Financial management 

 

Camille brings a wealth of management skill and experience to Eliot Chapel – working
intensively with budgets, human resources, staff supervision, accounting, and databases. She has served in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including a busy law firm, The Christian Appalachian Project which serves the needs of the people in Eastern Kentucky, St. Louis Arc supporting adults with developmental disabilities, St. Louis Community College, and more.

 

Camille lives with her husband, Bob, and their cocker spaniels, Mary Pickford and Bogart. Camille enjoys reading, writing, music, black and white cinema/photography, and chair caning.

 

 

 

Christie Lee, Administrative AssistantLee, Christie_staff
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You can find Christie in the church office most weekdays. As Administrative Assistant, she answers phones, maintains the calendar, runs copies, orders supplies, distributes church mail, and files the many papers and contracts that come her way. In addition, she acts as a liaison between renting groups and Eliot Chapel by writing contracts, managing payment, and scheduling sextons.  

Contact Christie for:

  • General or miscellaneous questions
  • Room reservations for meetings or events
  • Rental of Eliot Chapel facilities
  • Wedding arrangements at Eliot Chapel

 

 

 

SIMS, Myron_staffMyron Simms, Facilities Manager
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Myron joined the Eliot staff in 2009. He’s responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and repairing the Eliot property and its systems. He manages building-related activities, ensuring that we are safe and operational. 

Contact Myron about building repairs and other facility issues.

 

 

 

 

Debby copyDebby Lovell, Communications Specialist
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Debby joined Eliot’s staff in 2017. She is a graphic designer with a background in publications. She’s been a freelancer for many years, developing business skills that help her stay organized. 

Contact Debby about:

  • Publicizing your event in one of Eliot’s communications venues: newsletter, email, website, or social media. 
  • Other publicity for your event: flyers, programs, signup sheets, etc.
  • Sign-ups for receiving Greenleaves, the Eliot Chapel newsletter, or This Week at Eliot, the weekly email blast.

 

Debby enjoys reading, listening to music, seeing and making art, travel, cooking, and being in nature. Debby and her husband of many years like to knit together. They have one daughter and a cat at home.

 

 

NALESNIK, DavidDr. David Nalesnik, Pianist

David joined the Eliot music team in the fall of 2012. He accompanies the Eliot Choir and Chamber Singers and plays for our worship services. David studied music composition and received his Doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. David teaches Music Theory and piano at Maryville University. He accompanies the St. Louis Bel Canto Chorus. He also accompanies the String Orchestra Camp and teaches the Summer Composition Intensive at Community Music School in Webster Groves. David is a hobby programmer with a particular interest in music-related apps.

 

 

 

GailHintzphoto2016Gail Hintz, Pianist

Gail joined our music team in 2016. She accompanies our Women’s Chorale and plays for our worship services. Gail holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Webster College, a master’s degree in vocal accompanying and coaching from the University of Illinois, and spent a year in Paris studying piano at the École Normale de Musique. She then worked as a vocal coach/accompanist in New York City for several years, coaching singers and serving as music director/pianist for various regional opera and musical theatre companies and tours. Gail co-founded the Ozark Actors Theatre in her hometown of Rolla, MO in 1987, and moved back to St. Louis in 1989. Gail is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM, formerly UUMN).

Gail currently coaches singers privately, accompanies rehearsals for the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, plays for the Metropolitan Opera district/regional auditions in St. Louis, accompanies choruses at St. Joseph Academy, and enjoys freelance work for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Muny. Gail recently joined the University of Missouri - St. Louis as staff accompanist. In her spare time, Gail loves to travel and spend time with her two grown sons, Alex and Eric, and her two rescue dogs, James and Lexi.

 

Meet the Religious Education (RE) Staff Team
  • Nursery care every Sunday for Eliot’s youngest UUs
  • Sharing stories with Eliot children in worship services
  • Teaching Religious Education classes
  • Providing childcare for church events
  • Welcoming newcomers to Eliot
  • Providing caring, loving support for children on Sunday morning and other congregational events
  • A friendly and caring presence in the Eliot office each Sunday
  • Assisting with chalice lighting

These are just some of the roles which Noel Burke, Heather Flick, Tim Bubb, LaTosha Crayton, and Anna Beck share with Eliot’s children, youth, and families. Their presence, experience (nearly 25 combined years of service to Eliot), and ministry efforts are too immeasurable to quantify. They are instrumental in creating a meaningful and enriching UU experience for the nearly 200 registered children and youth who look to Eliot for their spiritual community.

Look for Noel, Heather, Tim, and LaTosha at Eliot nearly every Sunday of the year doing whatever it takes to create a meaningful Eliot experience for everyone.

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Noel Burke

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Heather Flick

 

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Tim Bubb

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LaTosha Crayton

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Anna Beck