Rev. Scott Lohse was called to be the Senior Pastor of St. Martin’s in October 2005. Pastor Scott was ordained as a United Methodist Elder in June of 1984 and served congregations in the Missouri towns of Jonesburg, Kennett, Imperial, Manchester, Bonne Terre, Jackson, and Creve Coeur. He took some time away from the ministry after 25 years of service and while he prepared for United Church of Christ privilege of call he worked as a licensed Funeral Director, and a Hospice Chaplain. Pastor Scott says, “I was not so much leaving behind the church of my childhood as I was embracing a new form of congregational church practice in the UCC after having grown weary of moving about so much and longing to be able to plant some roots and watch them grow.” He is an avid reader and is also hooked on CNN and C-SPAN.
Since coming to St Martin’s UCC – Dittmer, Pastor Scott has embraced our community. Not only with our own church family – but the community as a whole. Pastor Scott serves as Fire Chaplain to the Cedar Hill Fire Protection District, participates in events with the Jefferson County Fire Chaplain Association, and was recently named Chair of the Big River Ministerial Alliance and Board Member of the Jefferson County Partnership as well as the Peace Pantry.
Currently he is enthused about his new role as the Chairperson of a new Missouri Mid South Conference Covenanted Ministry- Vitality Team. He is working on a Certificate in Church Renewal from the Center for Progressive Renewal and is taking an active role in helping our church (as well as churches of our denomination across the region) cast a new vision and make outreach a priority.
Pastor Scott leads riveting, awe inspiring, funny, tearful, magical worship services. He has a knack for taking the scriptures and relating them to current happenings in the news, books, baseball, TV sitcoms, you name it – there has been a reference on any given Sunday. This is what makes Pastor Scott so special and a wonderful church leader. Someone who can make you feel like his sermon was written just for you, for your situation, for what’s happening in your life. St Martin’s is very blessed to have such a spirited, loving Pastor as our church leader, teacher and friend.
Other interests include having been a professional radio announcer and DJ at a Southern Gospel radio station, an amateur magician, and a novice carpenter. He also just got a new pontoon boat and is trying to learn to fish. (hmm fishing and carpentry seem like pretty good Biblical endeavors to him!) Pastor Scott has been married to his wife, Lin (his high school sweetheart) since 1978. They have three children and three extremely bright and beautiful grandchildren who are geniuses destined for greatness!
Elaine Bohle Brooks is our Worship Accompanist and Director of the Children’s Choir. Remarkably she held this position at St. Martin’s at the ripe old age of 14 sharing the duties of playing for two services with another long time member of the church. After serving for seven years, Elaine married and moved with her husband to the east coast where they lived happily for 35 years raising their three children. With their children and five grand children now scattered across the country, Elaine and her husband, Fred, moved back to St. Martin’s–this time to be close to Elaine’s aging parents. Elaine never dreamed she would again be serving as organist–this time playing a brand new Rodgers Organ.
For the past five years, Elaine has also enjoyed directing St. Martin’s Youth Choir consisting of kids in Grades 1-6. This group shares their enthusiasm and joy with our congregation every month when they sing during our worship service.
Dianne Loweree is the director of our Adult Chancel Choir.
Ruth Ann Gillman is the director of our Bell Choir.
Terah Comia is the director of our Learning Center.
Kathy Hopper (front row 5th from right) and Terri Green (front row 2nd from right) Youth Group Leaders.