Bill Boland

Chapel Music Coordinator

A native of south St. Louis, and a graduate of the Washington University School of Architecture, I have worked as a registered architect in St. Louis for 40 years. I studied piano for 12 years, and have been a member of the St. Louis Symphony chorus.

A member of Manchester UMC for over 40 years, I was involved in the creation of Coventry Choir, serving for a while as the group’s director. I was a charter member of the One Voice contemporary worship team, and sang in the Chancel Choir for 15 years. I have played in the Vesper Bell Choir for about 20 years under the direction of my wife, Sherry.

While studying music orchestration and composition at the University of Missouri, I was asked to provide music for the Saturday evening chapel services. After accepting the position, I formed the Woods Mill Ensemble, and now arrange music for the weekly service.

I have two daughters, Becky and Patti, and between my wife and I, we have seven grandchildren. I continue to enjoy taking a variety of courses at UMSL.


Pastor's Note

The Missouri Annual Conference

Every year, United Methodists from all across the Missouri Conference gather together for our annual meeting. This year, the meeting will be Friday June 9 through Sunday June 11 in St. Charles. Manchester UMC will be represented there by Revs. Andy Bryan, Phil Estes, Winter Hamilton, and Jim Peich. Our

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My Chains Fell Off

Conversion is a key idea in Wesleyan theology, and was a central part of the faith stories of both John and Charles. And conversion isn’t about going from “non-Christian” to “Christian.” Conversion can happen in the lives of believers, also. Conversion is a change that is worked in the lives

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Pastor's Note

Charles in Charge

Charles Wesley was the poet of the birth of Methodism. In his lifetime, he composed thousands of hymns! His beautiful words captured the theology, the spirit, and the energy of the Methodist movement with vivid elegance. Charles was one of the children of Susannah Wesley, who was a profound spiritual

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