Rev. Jim Peich

Rev. Jim Peich

Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership

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, 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.

After relocating to O’Fallon, Missouri, Karen and I became active members of Morning Star UMC. 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 and technology.

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. I also lead the strategic planning process in collaboration with the Leadership Board. In December of 2019, I will be hosting a Holy Land Trip.

Before moving into vocational ministry, I enjoyed a rewarding career 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 in various roles within the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In addition to spending time with my family, 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, music, drama and dancing. We also had the joy of parenting our son, Christian, for 12-weeks before he passed in 2007 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

If you’d like to get coffee or lunch sometime, please let me know.

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