Michael Riggs became the eleventh Senior Minister to serve the congregation of Union Avenue Christian Church on November 27, 2017. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Michael is a graduate of Texas Christian University, holding a Bachelor of Music (Magna Cum Laude, 2000) in theory and composition and a Master of Music (2003) in composition. He was graduated from Brite Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 2009, and, while at Brite, was twice named a Walker Scholar by the Granville and Erline Walker Ministerial Scholarship Foundation for demonstrating outstanding preaching potential. He and his wife, Cassie (also an ordained Disciples pastor), share their home with two Maine Coon cats.
You may reach Michael, by email, at rev.michael[at]union-avenue[dot]org
Scott Schoonover, Music Director, is a gifted musician, conductor, and choral director. In addition to his work as Music Director for Union Avenue Christian Church, he is the founder and Artistic Director of Union Avenue Opera. He also has conducted and directed other opera companies and choral ensembles, including Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, North Carolina, Muddy River Opera in Quincy, Illinois, Winter Opera St. Louis, The Bel Canto Chorus, and he currently directs the Missouri Women’s Chorus. You may reach Scott, by email, at smschoonover[at]yahoo[dot]com
Ron Lindsey, Minister of Communications and Administration, is a commissioned minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition to his administrative duties, communications ministry, and oversight of building use and maintenance for Union Avenue Christian Church, Ron serves two small Disciples congregations in South Central Illinois, and he is always chasing the light as a photographer. He is the person to contact to schedule a meeting with our Senior Minister, make arrangements for a wedding, or inquire about our building use policies. You may reach Ron, by email, at rlindsey[at]union-avenue[dot]org.