You can contact any staff member by using the email links below or calling the church phone at 314-821-0911. Office hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday. Voice mail is available after hours.

Summer office hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to noon on Sunday.

Rev. Barbara Gadon, Lead MinisterGADON, ROBERT; (Staff)61

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. 

Rev. Gadon is currently on sabbatical and will return to her duties at Eliot Chapel in the fall.

 

Rev. Jim Crawford, Minister of Pastoral CareRevJimCrawfordREVcompressed
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Rev. Crawford joined the staff in January 2016 and serves Eliot on a part time basis. He brings over 25 years of experience as a spiritual care provider. Presently, he works as a spiritual care coordinator for Heartland Hospice of St. Louis and has served in this capacity since 2005. He is also an adjunct faculty member of American Public University and teaches in their undergraduate Religion program. He is a graduate of Truman State University and Eden Theological Seminary. Jim is married to Cathy Sandy, and they reside in St. Charles, MO.

From 1992 – 2004, he served United Methodist Churches in Missouri as an ordained clergy person. Due to significant differences concerning theology, justice, and inclusion, he terminated his affiliation with the United Methodist Church in 2005. From 2004 – 2005, he completed a 12-month Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Forest Park Hospital. During that same year, he received ordination from the Everlasting Light Church in St. Louis – an independent, African American congregation. He has also received ecclesiastical endorsement from the Bishop of the Missouri Episcopal Diocese as a lay provider of pastoral care.

Since 2012, Jim has been exploring Unitarian Universalism. He comments, "The seven principles of Unitarian Universalism are consistent with my own beliefs and values. I resonate very strongly with the UUA embrace of human diversity, commitment to justice, and non-creedal approach to religion and spirituality."  

Availability: Rev. Jim is available by appointment. He can be contacted via email at jcrawford@eliotchapel.org or via cell at 314-448-0634. All pastoral care inquiries will be responded to within 24 hours.

 

 

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.  

Availability:  Scott is usually in the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. His day off is Wednesday. To make an appointment, please contact Scott at scott@eliotchapel.org or 314-821-0911.

 

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 in high school - Colleen, a sophomore at UM, and Tyler, a senior.  They have two dogs and three cats. Christie loves to volunteer, listen to music, and vacation at the beach.

Availability: Christie is available by appointment.  Please contact her at christie@eliotchapel.org.

 

Jan Chamberlin, Music DirectorJanC
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Jan joined the Eliot staff in 1997.  Her undergraduate studies were in choral music education at Webster. She then studied theology at Eden Seminary and received her Masters in Church Music from Webster University in 2008. As Music Director, she encourages Eliot volunteers to minister to each other by sharing their talents in worship. Jan collaborates with the ministers to find inspirational music, supportive of the sermons, while reflecting the diverse musical tastes of the congregation. She says, "Just as we gather to hear each other's stories, we also gather to hear each other's music."  Jan leads hymns on Sundays, as well as leading the Womens Chorale, the Children's Chalice Choir, and the Chalice Chimes hand bells. She schedules guest musicians, arranges for special musical events and serves on the board of the Friends of Music concert series. Jan is an active member of the UU Musician’s Network and earned her Certificate of Music Leadership from the UUA in 2016. In her free time, Jan likes to tend her garden and play with her grandson.  

Contact Jan about:

  • Joining a choir or instrumental group
  • Volunteering to help with the sound system/pod casting
  • Playing or singing special music in worship
  • Expressing musical and hymn preferences
  •  Music for weddings and memorials


Availability:  Jan is available by appointment.  To make an appointment, please contact her at music@eliotchapel.org.

  

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, her husband, Bob, and their cocker spaniels, Mary Pickford and Bogart, live on the homestead of William H. Dorsett, the founder of Maryland Heights. Camille enjoys reading, writing, music, black and white cinema/photography, and chair caning.


Availability:  Camille is in the office Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  To make an appointment, please contact her at admin@eliotchapel.org or 314-821- 0911.

 

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


Availability:  Christie is in the office Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Her day off is Wednesday. To contact Christie, please email frontoffice@eliotchapel.org or call 314-821-0911.

 

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.

Availability: Myron is in the office Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Contact Myron by email at facilities@eliotchapel.org or by phone at 314-821-0911.

 

Debby copyDebby Lovell, Communications Specialist
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Debby joined Eliot’s staff in August 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 in college and a cat at home. Debby is a member at First Unitarian Church of Alton.

Availability: Debby is in the office Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. She’s available by arrangement on Monday. Contact Debby via email at news@eliotchapel.org or call 314-821-0911. 

 

 

 

 

NALESNIK, DavidDr. David Nalesnik, Pianist
David joined the Eliot music staff in the fall of 2012. He accompanies the Women’s Chorale and plays for worship services. He studied music composition and received his Doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. David accompanies String Orchestra and teaches the Summer Composition Intensive at Community Music School in Webster Groves. David likes to spend his summers hiking in Maine. 

 

 

 

GailHintzphoto2016Gail Hintz, Pianist
Gail Hintz 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 Ecole Normale de Musique. She 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 moved back to St. Louis in 1989, and, along with her work as pianist at Eliot Chapel, currently coaches singers privately, accompanies rehearsals for the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, plays for the Metropolitan Opera district/regional auditions in St. Louis, teaches musical theatre at Washington University, accompanies choruses at Parkway South High School and St. Joseph Academy, and enjoys free-lance work for Winter Opera Saint Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Muny. Gail's son, Alex, is a junior business major at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and son, Eric, is a senior at Parkway West High School.