Reverend Deon A. McKenzie, M.Div.
Pastor Deon is married and has three children. His wife works in the Ladue School District. The youngest daughter has completed high school and is now attending undergraduate classes in college. Pastor Deon most recently served as Intentional Interim Minister at Christ the King UCC in Florissant. He joined in 2010 and has now completed his assignment with the placement of a settled pastor. In addition, he is attending classes at Eden Theological Seminary to get his Masters of Divinity degree and is due to graduate in May 2023.
Besides possessing a rich spiritual background, Pastor Deon brings with him a wealth of life experience. He is retired from the Army after serving 36 years. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and more recently held a Senior Human Resources position in the Army.
Jennifer has been employed with Immanuel since 2012. She handles all the accounting and payroll responsibilities. Jennifer is married to Greg and they have three children. She enjoys sports and outdoor activities.
Debbie has worked at Immanuel UCC for over 20 years. She has been married to Denny for 38 years and has two sons, 2 beautiful daughter-in-laws and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Debbie enjoys fishing, gardening and spending time with her family!
Linda Stoecklin, R.N.
Linda is a health educator, a personal counselor, a referral agent, a health advocate, and she assists people to integrate faith and health. She is a licensed pastor which allows the homebound to receive communion and anointing when she visits.
I am a mother of 2 boys, Damian 18, and Roland 4, have 2 fur babies Arianna and Mickey, and I have 13 babies in heaven between Damian and Roland. I have been married for 5 years to Thomas Hemingway.
I am born and raised in North County and still a current resident. Prior to taking the Youth Coordinator position at Immanuel UCC, I worked at Hope Church as the special needs minister to children with severe autism. Throughout my many years at Hope Church I have worked with children ranging from infant to 17 years old. Prior to working at Hope Church, I was a PSR teacher at St. Ferdinand Catholic School working with 1st and 7th graders.
My hobbies are bird watching, photography, and spending as much time with my family as I can. I have always felt the calling to ministry since I was very young. I have many fun and innovative ways to bring excitement to our youth. Thank you for having my family and me at Immanuel UCC.
Minister of Music
Shamar R. Jordan currently serves as Director of Music for the Immanuel United Church of Christ, in which he researches, plans, implements and monitors the ministry of music.
Shamar began his musical journey at the age of twelve as the pianist for the Liberty St. Baptist Church in Murphysboro, Illinois with major influence and inspiration from his mother. For more than three decades, Shamar has rolled with the highs and lows while traveling and spanning the world as a pianist, choral director, vocalist, and workshop clinician.
Shamar is married to Angela, and they have two daughters (Nataya & Divine), that have both performed at Carnegie Hall.