We are all ministers of God’s story and love. As a congregation, we elect and call leaders to help guide and support our ministry. We are led by 12 ordained ruling elders, a few paid staff, and a whole lot of volunteers! Read more about our leaders here:
Our current session is made up of 12 ordained ruling elders. They each serve 3 year terms, in rotating classes, so that only 4 elders roll off the session at a time.
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
|Matt Hanify||Brian Beckmann|
|Stephanie Hoegger||Donna Cook|
|Sandy Kay||Toby Eckert|
|Josh Smith||Millie Crittenden||
Oak Hill Presbyterian Church Staff
Rev. Erin Counihan
The Rev. Erin Counihan joined Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in ministry in July 2014. Although she doesn’t fully understand the cheese that guy Imo puts on the pizza here, she quickly fell in love with St. Louis! Originally from Maryland, Erin went to college in Ohio and in Argentina, worked in Colorado, Baltimore, Mississippi, and Chicago before heading to seminary in New Jersey. Erin likes to travel, hike, slowly participate in triathlons, and engage in community happenings. She usually packs along Cheetos with everything. She is passionate about serving both God and neighbor and couldn’t be more thrilled to join Oak Hill in the way they do just that, right here in this neighborhood, in this city. Erin holds a BA in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She’s currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree at Eden Theological Seminary. She lives in the Tower Grove East neighborhood with her niece, Tegan.
Erin can be reached at email@example.com.
Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers
The Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers serves Oak Hill as Parish Associate, with a focus on Christian Education and Worship. Alan has been teaching, preaching, leading worship and sharing life with the congregation as parish associate since 1990. A St. Louis native, Alan went to the late lamented Southwest High School and was a member of the late lamented Southampton Presbyterian Church. He studied at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a pastor of churches in Troy, New York and Lawrence, Massachusetts before returning school at what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and earning a Ph.D. in doctrinal theology. Alan and his wife Rosemary moved back to St. Louis in 1987 for her work – she was an assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis before she retired in 2010 – and Alan started teaching religion at Lindenwood University, from where he has since retired, but insists on continuing to teach some classes.
Rev. Jillian Embrey
The Rev. Jillian Embrey serves as Parish Associate at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, with special interest in Children’s ministry, Worship, and all things spreadsheets. Jillian is a graduate of Centre College and Columbia Theological Seminary and after serving congregations in Danville, KY, Webster Groves, and St. Louis, and a turn as the director of AMEN St. Louis, she now works as a Data Scientist for World Wide Technology. She lives in south city with her husband Dan and their children James and Lilly.
MINSTER OF MUSIC
Susan Brown serves as the Music Minister at Oak Hill- directing the choirs, playing piano and organ, coordinating all music and musicians who play at worship and special events, and serving on our Worship and Christian Education committee. Raised in Charleston, MO, Susan started playing the piano at age 6 and taught herself to play the organ as a teenager because he church didn’t have an organist. She holds a BS in Education and an MA in Reading from Southeast Missouri State and taught middle school reading and music in Jefferson County for 32 years. For the past 25 years, Susan and her husband Bill have called South St. Louis City home, and currently share it with Skippy, Atticus, Oliver and Titus, their precious King Charles Cavaliers. Susan loves dogs, reading and Cardinals baseball and is quick to tell people that “the past 15 years at Oak Hill have been the happiest of my life!”
Carole wears many hats at Oak Hill. We are most grateful for her service to the church and so glad to have her as a part of the team, even if she won’t let us take her photo for the website! Just stop by the church office and get to know her face-to-face!