Rev. Robin Roderick joins us after 10 years as the Senior Pastor at First UMC in St. Charles, MO.
Rev. Robin is an honors graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Ordained an Elder in 2001, she has served on Bishop Schnase’s Pathways Taskforce, as a consultant for the Healthy Church Initiative, and represented the Missouri Annual Conference at our Jurisdictional Conference in 2008 and as a delegate to both Jurisdictional and General Conference in 2012. Currently, she serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Mission 21 Council.
Her personal mission statement is this: To create enthusiasm for the learning and the living of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Deep spiritual growth and wide outreach to the world in justice and mercy are integral parts of her understanding of what God wills for God’s church.
Rev. Tom Baynham - Director of Worship Arts & Events
The Rev. Tom Baynham is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He holds the Master of Sacred Theology from the Boston University School of Theology; the Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and the Master of Arts from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Indiana, New Hampshire and Virginia. From 2011 to 2014, Tom served as the Associate Director for the One Voice Chorus, and receives frequent requests as a soloist, choral adjudicator and clinician. He is a member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada; Advisory Board for the Center for Congregational Song and The CenturyMen. Tom is father to two adult children, Daniel, a social sports coordinator in Jacksonville, Florida, and Lindsey, an ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Gail Robins - Organist
The Rev. Gail Robins is a proud native Kansas Jayhawk, but St. Louis has been her home since 1976. After college, she taught secondary English and private piano until she returned to seminary in 1991. Since seminary, she and her husband Robin have lived in Tulsa and St. Louis, where she has enjoyed serving in Baptist (Alliance), Methodist, UCC and Presbyterian congregations holding positions as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor.
Gail has three wonderful daughters, three great sons-in-law, and eight amazing grandchildren ranging in age from 17 down to 2. Gail and Robin recently made the move from their Kirkwood home to an apartment and are loving the freedom and “simpler life” which that affords. In her free time, she enjoys family time, reading, writing, sewing, cooking and digital work with Photoshop.
Gail looks forward to a long and wonderful time at Grace UMC as they take the next step in their faith journeys.