About Us

St. Paul United Church of Christ has been located in Lebanon, Illinois for over 150 years.

It has a rich history of Christ-centered worship, support of local, national and international missions and ministries, and welcoming all.

We are a Region 8 church of the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Visit our Ministries page for additional information about specific ministries

and church organizations.

St. Paul's Sunday Worship hours are 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages is offered September - May at 9:15 a.m.

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Our Staff:

REV. TODD BEAN

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Pastor & Teacher

We are excited to announce that Rev. Todd Bean will begin his ministry at St. Paul as our Interim Minister on September 1, 2022. His first Sunday preaching will be Sunday, September 4, 2022. Everyone is invited to a meet and greet after services that day. Plan to stay and introduce yourself to Pastor Todd.

Reverend Todd William Bean was born in Centralia, Illinois, but spent most of his childhood in California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Greenville College and a Master of Arts in Marketing from Webster University. Pastor Todd worked in non-profit and for-profit arenas before his call to ministry in 2003. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Pastor Todd is a third-generation pastor who has served UCC churches in Missouri and Illinois. Before coming to St. Paul, Pastor Todd served as Interim Pastor at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, Illinois. Pastor Todd enjoys the great outdoors, running, and various sports. He also loves spending time with his wife, Rev Shana Johnson, an ordained minister in the UCC, and his two daughters.

BECKY HARRISON

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Office Manager

Becky began working as the Office Manager at St. Paul UCC in 2001. She left in 2006 to return to life as a stay-at-home mom, but continued to volunteer in the office. In 2014, she returned as the Office Manager. Becky participates in a variety of church ministries, including Women's Fellowship, Hospitality Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Environmental Arts. She has also served as a Confirmation Class and Jr/Sr High Sunday School co-teacher for the past 15 years.

She has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Office Administration and Technology from Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois.

DAVID FREULER

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Organist

David has served as St. Paul's Organist since 2013.

NANCY HELMICH

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Music Director

Nancy has served as Music Director of the St. Paul Chancel Choir and the St. Paul Ringers bell choir since 2013. She has spent 40+ years directing music, all in the United Church of Christ, in churches in Marine, Highland and now Lebanon, IL. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree. She is a charter member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, which performs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Nancy is a former director of The Gateway Ringers of St. Louis, an auditioned community handbell choir. She is currently a board member of the Handbell Assoc. of Greater St. Louis and has directed handbell workshops at the local, state and national level.