Rev. Jim Peich
Rev. Jim Peich is Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership. I grew up in southern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After moving to Missouri in early 2000 to work at Edward Jones, I met and fell in love with my wife, Karen. We were married at Manchester UMC in the fall of 2004. We spent six years as active members of Manchester UMC, where we served in a variety of roles including staff parish relations, VBS, GriefShare, marketing team, Vision Council, Christian Leadership College, etc.
After relocating to O’Fallon, Karen and I became active members of Morning Star UMC in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. In 2012, I answered God’s call to vocational ministry and enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2013, I joined the staff of Morning Star as Pastor of Faith Formation. In that capacity, I served on the Executive and Pastoral Teams with oversight responsibility for children, youth, connections, baptism, membership, groups, discipleship, technology and more.
In September 2017, I had the honor of returning to Manchester United Methodist Church. As Executive Pastor of Ministry and Leadership, I serve as a member of the Church Leadership Board as well as our Pastoral and Senior Leadership Teams. I have responsibility for leadership development and provide oversight for all program ministries including pre-school, nursery, children, family, youth, young adults, connections, groups, discipleship, missions, social justice, etc. In also lead the strategic planning process for our church. In December of 2019, I will be hosting a Holy Land Trip.
Before moving into vocational ministry, I enjoyed a rewarding 13 years in marketing and banking at Edward Jones. During that time, I also had the honor of representing Ward 3 as an elected Alderman in the City of Manchester. It has been a blessing to also serve within the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church on the Communications Commission and District Mission Council. I have also had the privilege of being a presenter at Annual Conference, Compass Workshops, Candidacy Summits and other conference meetings.
In addition to spending time with my family, and our chocolate lab Peyton, I enjoy travelling, nature, music, grilling and antiquing. Karen holds a Masters degree in counseling and is a Sr. Recruiter at a large firm in town and enjoys swimming, cooking, reading and antiquing. Our son, Lucas, was born in 2008 and loves to fish, swim and be outdoors; our daughter, Samantha, was born in 2009 and enjoys swimming, dancing and gymnastics. We also had the joy of parenting our son, Christian, for 12-weeks before he passed in 2007 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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