The elected stewards of all of our resources, including time, talent, and treasure

The Council leads the congregation in envisioning how Peace Lutheran Church can best fulfill its mission statement—“Bound by Christ to Break Boundaries.” We seek ways to reach out to our church community and the surrounding community to let them know that all are welcome within our doors and hearts.

The Council is charged by our Constitution with oversight of the ministries of the congregation, and with financial responsibility. This means  they are the elected stewards of all of our resources, including time, talent, and treasure. However, each member of the congregation takes part in the work of ministry, and all are welcome to attend any Council  meeting.

Council terms are determined on a rotating 3-year basis, and elections are generally held in the late fall. Each January, the Council hosts the Annual Congregational Meeting. At that time, they present a budget for congregational approval, along with other yearly business of the church as needed.

Each Council meeting begins with the practice of Dwelling in the Word. This allows us to ground our business in Scripture, reminds us that our work is God’s mission, and keeps us centered on the guiding question of what God is calling us to.


The following members are currently serving on the Council:

John Tucker, President
John Tucker, President:  John, his wife Alison. and son Robert have been members of Peace Lutheran since 2015. He has taught social studies and coached track & field and cross country at New Haven High School  since 1997. When not teaching and coaching, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, cooking, working in the yard, and running.

Kathy Hurlbert, Vice-President
Kathy grew up in Anderson, Indiana (a genuine Hoosier!). She went to Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She taught Spanish and French in the Webster Groves School District before beginning a career at the Missouri Botanical Garden in their research division. She has been a member of Peace Lutheran for nearly 10 years.

Randy Ridenhour, Secretary
Randy grew up in Belle, MO, and has lived in Washington since 1985. He joined Peace in 1987, and has since served on Council  four times, as president three times, served on the call committee, and served on the Partnership for Missional Church team, in addition to sharing his gifts as a preacher when pulpit supply is needed. He has completed part of the training to be a Parish Ministry Associate, and is authorized by the Synod to preside at worship. Randy is President and co-owner of Scott Special Tools, Inc., where he has worked for 45 years. He and his wife Donna have two grown children and two granddaughters.

Kathy Rust, Treasurer
Kathy was a founding member of Peace, joining in 1980. She is retired and lives in Villa Ridge.

Jacque McHugh

Jacque McHugh has been a member of the Peace Lutheran Church Council for many years. She serves as the administrator for our Crisis Fund as well.  Jacque is active in the community, volunteering as a Grace’s Place board member as well as being president of the South Point Elementary PTC and a school volunteer.  Jacque owns the local marketing and promotional products firm, Branding Bear and can be reached via text at (314) 952-9849 or email at

Mark Nagel
Mark grew up in Florissant and Ballwin MO, served three years in the US Marine Corps, then went to the University of Missouri  on the GI Bill, earning a BS in   Agricultural Engineering. He has been employed in the public health and water treatment field for many years. Since 2000, he has worked as a Plant Operating Engineer for AmerenMissouri at the Labadie Energy Center. He and his wife Nancy have been members of Peace since moving to Washington in 1994. They are the parents of three  grown children and grandparents of three.

Susan Woodcock
 Susan also serves as Music Director for Peace and observes, “I have been a member of Peace Lutheran Church for about 30 years. The people of Peace are my family and my life-line. I have seen many changes and believe we have settled into the people that God wants us to be. I am thankful for the blessings that I receive from our close community and am honored to be on the Council.”

Arnold Shute
Arnold was born and raised in Tennessee. He moved to Missouri to be closer to his family. He is a retired builder with 50 years of experience. Now he spends his time playing music and having fun with his grandchildren. He has been a member of Peace since 2016.

Pastor Aimée Appell


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