Our Pastors

Our pastors have been called by the congregation for leadership in particular ministries.


  • Rev. Robert K. Goddard – Pastor Bob – Senior Pastor

    Rev. Robert K. “Bob” Goddard is our Senior Pastor.  Ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1984 and called to his current position in 2005, Pastor Bob provides overall leadership of our congregation and is our primary preacher.  His leadership is seen most often in his abilities in consensus building and his pastoral approach to both worship and in working with boards and committees.  he has a passion for all mission, from local to global, and has led us to be designated a “Global Mission Church.”

    Email: pastorbob@stpaulucc4u.org
    Phone: 618-281-5102 ext. 20


  • Rev. Kristofer K. Avise-Rouse – Pastor Kris – Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries

    An Eden Theological Seminary graduate in the class of 2006, Pastor Kris (affectionately known as “PK”) served briefly at Immanuel UCC in Darlington, Wisconsin before accepting the call to St. Paul UCC, Columbia in November of 2007.  PK is passionate about handing down a strong and vital faith to our youth through social justice, joyous, celebratory worship and extravagant welcome.  As Assoc. Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries, PK works with youth groups, families of all ages and sizes, and supports the work of the Director of Christian Education.  In his free time, PK enjoys reading, video games, boats and his family.  Supported by his wife Nicole and sons Kristian and Casey, Pastor Kris feels privileged to be ministering with and among the people of St. Paul UCC.

    Email: pastorkris@stpaulucc4u.org
    Phone: 618-281-5102 ext. 11