Staff

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz, Interim Senior Pastor

Bill has been an ordained Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years.  A native of the St. Louis area (Webster Groves), his academic background includes a B.A. in Economics & Business from Westminster College (Fulton, MO), a M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Eden Theological Seminary. Bill has served churches in Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana.  Most recently he has served interim pastorates at St. John's UCC, Chesterfield; First Congregational Church of St. Louis; and, St. Lucas UCC, Sunset Hills.  Bill and his wife, Gina, have three adult sons, and are grandparents of Taylor, George, and Maggie.  Bill is an anglophile, music lover, apple grower, architecture junkie, stamp collector, frustrated model railroader....who thinks the Green Bay Packers hold a special place in the divine pantheon...who trusts that there will always be a Church of Jesus Christ, but believes the Holy Spirit is presently shaping the church in new and different ways for God's future!

Bill is looking forward to his time in the First Presbyterian Kirkwood community, working with the staff, and (hopefully) a return to in-person worship and other gatherings in 2021.

Rev. Linda Maconochie, Interim Associate Pastor

Linda has been a pastor in the Presbyterian Church for almost 40 years.  She has served churches in Michigan, New York, Missouri and Kentucky.  Many of the positions she has held have been Interim Pastor positions.  Most recently, she was Designated Pastor of two small churches on Long Island, NY.  Linda received a BA degree in religion from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Linda is the mom to three daughters, Leah and husband Lance, Anna and husband Rob and Cara.  She also has two grandchildren, Thatcher and Frances.  In her free time, Linda likes to crochet and do counted cross stitch and of course, read.  She grew up on Long Island and so the beach is her favorite place for vacation.

Mr. Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries

Bill Stein was raised in northern Illinois. He began taking piano and organ lessons at an early age and played his first worship service at the age of 12. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in organ from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master of Music Performance degree in organ and sacred music from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern he studied organ with Wolfgang Rubsam, choral conducting with Richard Webster, and church music with Margaret Kemper. Bill served churches in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois as both Organist and Music Director. He has completed several choir tours of Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, and England as conductor, organist and accompanist.

Bill began serving First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood as Director of Music Ministries on May 1, 2006. At First Presbyterian, Bill is the church's Organist, conducts the Chancel Choir, Chancel Ringers, Middle School Ringers, Chorister Choir, and Church Orchestra. At First Presbyterian he has led major works for choir and orchestra such as Handel's "Messiah", Vivaldi's "Gloria", Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna", Durufle's "Requiem", and Poulenc's "Gloria". Bill led the Chancel Choir on a tour of Scotland and England in October 2010, performing in St. Gile's Cathedral (Edinburgh), Coventry Cathedral, York Minster, and St. Paul's Cathedral in London. He is a member of the church's Organ Committee and is excited about the installation of their new Casavant Freres Pipe Organ in October 2013. He serves as Artistic Director of the church's Con Spirito Concert Series, currently celebrating its 13th season. Bill is member of the Steering Committee planning the American Guild of Organists 2015 regional convention, and has served on the Executive Board of the St. Louis Chapter, American Guild of Organists. He is an active recitalist and accompanist.

Mr. Rob Monroe, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

Rob Monroe grew up inside the Washington, DC, beltway and served churches in Maryland and Virginia before moving to the Midwest in 2010. He has served on Presbytery, Synod and Regional committees focusing on children, youth, and education.

Rob joined the staff at First Pres in January of 2012 as Director of Youth Ministries and Mission. In the summer of 2015 Rob expanded his role and is now responsible for the Children, Youth and Family Ministries.

Mrs. Sherry Peters, Director of the Children's Center

Sherry became the Director of the Children's Center (Preschool and Kids' Day Out Program) in June of 2015. She and her husband, Mike, have four children. They reside in Kirkwood.