Rick McPeak, Senior Pastor
Rick McPeak is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s Free Methodist Church and an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Greenville College. He has resided in Greenville since 1978 interrupted only by a four-year pastoral appointment in Seattle, Washington and an excursion into the Alaskan family business in 1980. He has been a faculty member at Greenville College since 1994. Dr. McPeak took his degree in Historical Theology from St. Louis University in 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biblical Theology from Aldersgate College. He maintains a passionate interest in Art, Psychology, Ecclesiology and Community Studies. He has studied Community Psychology formally at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and informally wherever he goes.
Brian Hartley, Preaching Pastor and Celebrant
Brian T. Hartley serves as one of the preaching pastors at St. Paul’s and helps give oversight to services of worship. The Rev. Dr. Hartley also serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Religion at nearby Greenville College. The recipient of the Princeton preaching fellowship in London, England, as well as previous pastor of Free Methodist churches in Toronto, Canada, and Stillwater, Oklahoma, he also has received several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a published author in the field of liturgical history, and was most recently Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Ecumenical Research at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.
Judy Cox, Congregational Pastor
Following God’s call to pastoral ministry, after early emphases on library administration and parenting, Judy Cox finds herself on an unexpected path—with gratitude for God’s astonishing grace. Ordained in 2011, she holds three masters degrees, most recently an M.A. in theology (2007). She served pastorally for six years in Oklahoma before coming to St. Paul’s in 2013. Learning to live into the providence of God, she rejoices that it now includes serving with and for this worshiping community . As “abundantly far more than all she could ask or imagine” continues to unfold, she gives God praise from a grateful heart!
Ben Wayman, Pastor of Church Relations
Ben serves on St Paul’s pastoral staff to develop relationships with pastors and administrators from both the Gateway Conference and the Free Methodist Church. In addition, Ben supervises and coordinates the Morning Prayer ministry at St Paul’s. An ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church, Ben holds degrees from Saint Louis University, Duke Divinity School, and Greenville College. Ben is married to Michelle and has three sons.
Kyle Freeze, Sexton
Kyle serves as sexton at St. Paul’s. His primary duties are to maintain care of the property, facilitate the services of daily prayer, and offer hospitality to church members and visitors.