Rev. John Roberts
Pastor Roberts graduated from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) in 1992 with a B.S. in Applied Physics. In 1995 he received his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO).
Born in North Carolina, Pastor Roberts was raised in his parents hometown of Landis. He graduated from high school and entered the USMC Reserves and Appalachian State University with dreams of a military service career. During college, John felt God’s call to Christian ministry and moved to St. Louis to attend Eden Theological Seminary.
John completed his theological schooling in 1995 and returned to North Carolina. He was ordained at his home Church in June and began serving at Hedrick’s Grove UCC in Lexington, North Carolina the same month. While serving at Hedrick’s Grove, John met his wife Jami. John and Jami have three children, Emily (born 1998), Mark (born 1999) and Benjamin (born 2002).
John began his service at Eden Church in September of 2007.
Rev. Dr. Wesley Bornemann
Mrs. Karen Lohrman
Director of Worship Arts
Karen Lohrman is so thankful to be on staff at Eden! Karen attended college at Concordia University in Irvine, California, but was raised in the St. Louis area. She went to Eureka High School in Eureka, Missouri. Karen has been playing piano and singing since a very young age, and even once told her mother, “I can’t come in, I’m singing!” Karen has a passion for worship and sharing the Gospel through music. She can’t think of anything else she would rather do. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, Mike, their two sons, Meyer and Eli, and their dog, Bella.
Mr. William Diggs
Mrs. Erin Swank
Director of Discipleship
Erin has served Eden in the role of Director of Discipleship since 2004. She oversees the Children’s Sunday School ministry, and is directly responsible for the youth ministry at Eden. She is a life long resident of Edwardsville, and grew up at Eden. After graduating high school, Erin went to Greenville College and majored in Youth Ministry and Sociology. She later returned to Greenville for her masters in Church Leadership. Erin met her husband, Adam, at Greenville and has a daughter and a son. Her desire is to see youth come to understand the abundant life Jesus gives, and for the Church to be strengthened to advance God’s kingdom.
Mrs. Joann McCoy
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
My name is Joann McCoy, I am the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I am a lifelong member of Eden Church. I started teaching Sunday school when I was a teen. I was baptized, confirmed and married here at Eden. I have two grown daughters that were both baptized and confirmed here also. My job is part time and I take care of the children two years old through third grade. With this I coordinate the lessons and have the teachers in place for Sunday morning activities. I love socializing and spending time with the children. We have wonderful children at the church and I am proud to be working with them.
Mr. Garold Endsley
Garold has been on staff since 2012. He and his wife Sally were born and raised in Kansas. He graduated from KansasState College of Pittsburg, Kansas with a degree in accounting. Job opportunities moved them thru five states finally settling in Illinois. Besides his wife, Sally, he has two sons, David and Chris. He has two grandchildren Elizabeth and Ryan. Garold and Sally are members of Eden UCC.
Mrs. Sue Sperduto
Sue has been on the staff here at Eden for over 10 years. She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. and moved to Illinois in the 1989. Her husband, Ray is from New Jersey and they have two daughters, Adrian and Rachel. They also have three grandchildren Tess, Abram and Cora. Sue is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Terri McDougal has been hired to be our new custodian. She and her husband live in Marine with their four children.