meet the staff

 
 
 
BILL O’NEAL
 LEAD PASTOR 
 
 
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, my background is in sales and marketing, especially public relations.  Although I earned my Master of Divinity degree in 2007, was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010,  I  have been serving as a Pastor since 2004.

My Spiritual Gifts are prophecy, pastor/teacher, leadership, message of wisdom, and evangelism.

According to the Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment Report, my top five strengths are Connectedness, Futuristic, Belief, Input, and Ideation.  Along with discovering one’s spiritual gifts, I think everyone should take the Strengths Assessment as well.  This is a great way to discern who God has created you to be, and what tools God has given you to be fruitful in Jesus’ mission to make disciples!  Let’s get together to discuss your gifts and strengths.

I’m passionate about sharing Jesus’ message of hope, peace and joy and the fact that God is yearning to have a relationship with everyone!

Hobbies:

  Anything to do with water—fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming.  I like camping and blazing uncharted trails in the woods, too.

The World is my Parish

 I currently serve as a chaplain with the Lincoln County Ambulance District, am the Secretary of the Greater Troy Ministerial Alliance, and serve as a Board Member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce.  I also serve on the Gateway Regional District Committee on Ministry. 
 
 
DIANNE
COCHRAN
 PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP 
 
Retired from over twenty years in ministry, with mission trips to Africa, Mexico, and the Holy Land, I am your Pastor of Discipleship.  I was blessed to connect with Pastor Bill at a District Committee of Ministry meeting, and after a phone call, we realized our prayers were answered.  
 
I serve part-time, and I hope to be able to connect you with the church community to be able to grow as a disciple of Jesus.  I can help you find a Bible study, house group, and/or prayer group that allows you to grow closer to God and connect you to opportunities to serve Christ.  
 
My hope is that you will seek God, surrender through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, and be willingly sent by God through missions.  
 
Favorite Bible Passages: 
Psalm 118:24 
Psalm 46:10 
Romans 8:26-27 
 

 

                                            

 

MITCHELL KIRBY
 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES 

I oversee everything music related here at St. Stephen.  My goal is to provide a Christ centered environment where musicians come to share their gifts and use them to bring others into the presence of God through worship. 

Favorite Bible Passage: Psalm 95:1-7

 
 
CHRISTINE HENSLEY
DIRECTOR OF ST. STEPHEN PRESCHOOL
 
Christine has seventeen years of teaching experience in Early Childhood settings, as well as Sunday School and Children’s church.  “I believe that children are the future. I am blessed to see them learn and grow spiritually & academically.”
 
 
 
SHELLY RUTH
TREASURER
 
Record keeping of contributions and income, processing payroll and tax reports, payment of bills and expenses. Setting up accounts and funds as needed, developing spreadsheets for ease of tracking expenses, providing monthly reports as well fund activity as needed.
Christine has seventeen years of teaching experience in Early Childhood settings, as well as Sunday School and Children’s church.  “I believe that children are the future. I am blessed to see them learn and grow spiritually & academically.”
 
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Admin Assistant
 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 
 
I work in the office as Administrative Assistant, I answer the phones, check emails, greet visitors, create the newsletter and bulletin weekly. I assist members, non members, other staff members & Pastor Bill with work as requested.
 
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