A Historical Sketch – 1995-2018

A Historical Sketch – 1995-2018
2011: Pastor Tony Minear and Pastor Katie Jo Fuller were installed at St. John Church on January 16 th .
Associate Pastor Katie Jo Fuller became the first female settled pastor to serve St. John Church. On January
23 rd St. John’s Community Care celebrated their 25 th Anniversary with a gala celebration at the Gateway Center.
Biker Sunday was a new event on July 7 th …first church, then a ride, and lunch! The Board of Christian
Education name was changed to Youth Ministries in June. The Evening Circle celebrated 70 years of service,
and the Women’s Guild disbanded.
2012: Spirit of Sharing or S.O.S. community outreach meal program began on June 7 th serving 15 patrons.
Associate Pastor Kathryn Johanna Fuller is ordained on January 22 nd in her home church, First Congregational
United Church of Christ, River Falls, Wisconsin. The Evangelism Committee is renamed as the Welcome
Team. HHH Summer Camp began with feeding lunch for local needy children. The congregation approved a
proposal to replace the sanctuary sound system and for the purchase of additional audio-visual equipment for
$54,000. Pastor Jim Donahue was named Minister in Residence.
2013: St. John’s Community Care Adult Day Care program opened a new site in Edwardsville. Pastor Linda
Coulson returned to temporarily serve as Pastor of Visitation. On July 21 st Heritage Sunday was celebrated and
Pastor Emeritus Donald Sabbert was the guest speaker. The Governance Task Force was formed to develop a
framework for a more efficient and effective model of running a church.
2014: Learning Tree Preschool is voted #1 preschool in the Collinsville area. In July, Pastor Tony Minear
performed a same-sex marriage off campus. In September a special congregational meeting was held to
discuss the constitutionality of Pastor Minear’s actions. St. John’s Community Care sponsors “Senior Moments
and Remembrances.
2015: Congregation participates in Conflict Transformation Process with help from Rev. Mike Southcomb and
the Illinois South Conference. WWJD or Women Wine Jesus Devotion begins on January 18 th at the Villa
Marie Winery. Faith in Action moves into the former Seminary Apartments. Learning Tree Preschool
celebrates 40 years. Sue Blumberg retires after 25 years of service as the church office coordinator. Dr. Todd
Pettit resigns after 8 years as Director of Music Ministries. St. John’s Community Care celebrates 30 years of
2016: Pastor Tony Minear resigns in October with an effective date of January 31, 2017. In April, Tom Doctor
is hired to become the Director of Music Ministries.
2017: Dr. Marvin Morgan is called to St. John Church as Intentional Interim Senior Pastor. Amy Rhymer is
hired as church receptionist/pastor’s assistant, as well as John Hawn as Director of Music Ministries.
Transition Committee is formed to assess the past and lead us to consider the future direction of St. John
Church. Pastor Donahue became a supply pastor for area churches.
2018: Congregation approves the sale of the former Seminary Street property to Faith in Action. Bill Yanousek
retires as Superintendent of St. John Cemetery after 45 years of service. Transition Team presented a thought
provoking skit entitled, “Who Will Fill my Shoes?” A consultant was hired to determine if a Capital Campaign
is needed. Meetings and discussions were held regarding the word “evangelical” in our name. A new digital
sign was purchased with excess funds from the Charity Auction.

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