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Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie

Lead Pastor


Shelley Berger

Administrative Assistant

& Financial Secretary

Shelley joined the staff at St. Paul’s UMC in April 2022. She lives in Marengo with her husband, Craig, on their farm with many chickens, cats and dogs that they fondly call "The Zoo". Shelley and Craig married in 1994 and raised 4 children (Bailey, Gage, Tanner & Eli) at "The Zoo". 2 have spread their wings and left the nest and 2 are preparing to. She enjoys traveling, fostering orphaned kittens and helping in the surgical department at Safe Haven animal rescue.

To contact Shelley, please call the church office or email



Congregational Care Coordinator

Kelly joined our staff in August 2020 as our Custodian and more recently as our Congregational Care Coordinator.  Kelly retired in 2019 from Benton Community Schools where she taught Art and Physical Education.  Kelly lives in Marengo with her husband, Joe who she's been married to since 1984.  They have 2 grown sons, Joe-Cory and Logan. She has been part of our church family since 2012 and looks forward to taking on a larger role caring for our congregation and church building.

To contact Kelly, email



Director of Children's Discipleship

Kristin started as our preschool coordinator in February 2013. She’s been volunteering with her husband Houston, teaching our preschoolers and K-4th grade on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They have 5 children; 2 sons (Haven and Hudson) and 3 daughters (Lynnea, Marielle and Alora). She enjoys sewing and scrapbooking when she has time as well as camping with her family.

To contact Kristin, please email



Early Childhood Coordinator

(Info to come)




Sue started as our Administrative Assistance, but has been our church organist and choir accompanist now since 1984. She retired from US Bank where she was employed for 28 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Russ and their  2 children and 4 grandchildren. She also enjoys playing the piano and organ, and reading.



Choir Director

Steve Manning is from Granger, Iowa and graduated from Simpson College. He majored in Music Education there and has gone on to teach at Crestwood Junior High and in 2020 retired from Williamsburg High School where he taught for more than 25 years. He’s married to Margaret and has a daughter, Ashley and son, Blaine. He enjoys gardening, working in the yard and fishing

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Melissa Savage


Melissa has lived in Williamsburg for 25 years, and raised 2 daughters, numerous cats, and 2 dogs  during those years. Her daughters are in Iowa City, IA, and Jacksonville, FL. (She has her first granddaughter on the way in January 2023!) she's worked in QA/production, and wanted a big change of pace so St. Paul's was the perfect fit!. She enjoys animals, live music, reading, natural gardening, and photography.

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