Ministries at St. John's, Tower Grove

The people of St. John's, Tower Grove, are involved in many ministries within our congregation, in our wider city, and in the wider world.

The main Ministry Groups and Ministries are listed below in alphabetical order. If you are interested in learning more about a particular ministry or working group, please contact the appropriate person listed below. Thanks!

Adult Christian Formation Ministry Group: Plans and coordinates Sunday and mid-week opportunities for Adult Christian Formation, Bible Study, discussion and fellowship throughout the year, especially September - May. Meets as needed and conducts business online. Contact Brent Brower-Toland or Dave Malek.

Altar Guild at 10:30 am: Prepares and maintains the sacred vessels, candles, bread, and other materials used in our liturgy and coordinates church cleaning days once a month. Each altar guild member serves before & after the 10:30 am service approximately once a month. Contact Jonathan Danieley.

Buildings & Grounds Ministry Group: Maintains and improves our most visible tools for ministry - our buildings and grounds. In addition to volunteers for special projects, we always need more volunteers to do weeding, gardening, and lawn mowing. Contact Adrian Storey, Junior Warden.

Children's Christian Formation Ministry Group: Includes Sunday morning Childcare and Godly Play - a Montessori curriculum for children ages 3 - 12. Meets as needed and conducts business online. Contact Gina Malone about Childcare or Susan Brower-Toland about Godly Play.

Choir at 10:30 am: Under the direction of Mr. Tracy Baker, Director of Music, the volunteer choir leads worship through music at the 10:30 am service and other special events. Rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm from late August through the end of May.

Coffee Hosts: Provide hospitality and refreshments for worshippers after the Sunday morning service and other special events. Coffee Hour roles are now divided into three roles: Set-up, Food/Host, and Clean-Up. Contact 

Delegates to Convention: Lay delegates are elected by fellow congregations at each St. John's Annual Meeting at the end of January to represent St. John's at the annual Diocesan Convention in November of each year, as well as at local Convocation meetings throughout the year.

Episcopal Campus Ministry: For undergraduates and graduate students at St. Louis University and Washington University. Meets for worship and fellowship at Rockwell House. Contact the Rev. Beth Scriven.

Fundraising Working Group: Coordinates special fundraising events and initiatives, such as Trivia Night and the fall Harvest Party. 

Lay Ministers at 10:30 am: Lay ministers lead worship at the Sunday morning service by serving as ushers, greeters, worship leaders, eucharistic ministers, prayer leaders, and readers. We are starting a new Acolyte program for children and youth ages 7 and up. Trainings for adults and youth are conducted several times a year. Contact for more information.

Liturgy Advisory Group: Advises the rector, the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright, about the components of our worship services. Meets seasonally and conducts business online. Contact  if you are interested in participating in the Liturgy Advisory Group.

Magnetic Church Working Group: A group dedicated to leading the entire congregation in implementing concrete strategies to provide hospitality, information, and incorporation strategies for newcomers, guests, and visitors. Contact Senior Warden Judith MacDonald.

Office Volunteers: We need help with special projects and mailings. We also need volunteers to staff the office on Tuesdays. Contact Parish Administrator at

Pastoral Care Ministries: If you are interested in participating in Pastoral Care Ministries, please See Worship Related Ministries. If you are in need of Pastoral Care, please contact Dave Malek. In the case of a Pastoral Emergency, please call Judith MacDonald at 918-521-3858.

  • Eucharistic Visiting: Bring communion, prayers, and cheer to those who are sick, injured, caring for a new baby, or otherwise home-bound.
  • Healing Prayer: Want to help pray for people during the 10:30 am service or organize a special monthly Healing Service? Please contact to sign up.
  • Meal Support: When someone has a baby, has surgery, or experiences a death in the family, providing meals can make things a little easier. Contact to volunteer.

Service & Advocacy Ministries: We strive for justice and peace through concrete mission projects that address the hurts and hopes of people in our community, in Tower Grove, St. Louis, and the wider world.

  • The Peace Meal Project: a feeding ministry of St. John's. Volunteers prepare a meal every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. A free fellowship meal for all is served from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Contact Peace Meal Communications Coordinator, Phyllis Jacobson, for more information or to volunteer.

  • Mann School Partnership: Contact Phyllis Jacobson ( to learn about this partnership and about the various opportunities volunteers are needed to help with donate toward our support, volunteer opportunities to tutor and to help in their events.

  • Jobs with Justice: As a member group of the St. Louis Area Jobs with Justice coalition, members of St. John's support efforts for social and economic justice through letter writing, "Being There" for struggling workers at meetings, rallies, and other events. Contact St. John's Delegate to JwJ, Lorie Kintz.

  • Companion Diocese of Lui, South Sudan: The Diocese of Missouri, of which St. John's is a part, is in a covenant relationship with the Diocese of Lui in southern Sudan. Members of St. John's pray for, learn about, and contribute financially to supporting this relationship.

  • Episcopal City Mission: Twice a year, members of St. John's throw birthday parties for children in the City Detention Center. Through ECM, we also collect Christmas presents and raise money for this important ministry. Contact Christine Cannon for more information or to volunteer.

  • United Thank Offering: A ministry of the national and diocesan Episcopal Church Women. UTO provides grants for mission projects, including an $11,000 2007 grant to St. John's for the Peace Meal Project! We collect donations for UTO twice a year.

Small Groups: There are several different intentional Small Groups at St. John's, as well as all of the other ministry groups in which we participate.

  • The St. John's Book Group meets about once every 6 weeks. Contact Christine Watts for more information.

Vestry (Church Board): Stewards the good use of our financial and human resources through overseeing personnel, financial, managerial, stewardship, capital planning, and other related matters. Contact Judith MacDonald, Senior Warden.