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Rev. Travis Winckler
Travis joined Second Presbyterian Church in January of 2018. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and has been selected to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Initiative for gifted young ministers. Travis comes to Second Church after serving congregations in Indiana, New Jersey, and New York City, including Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. He has served as a chaplain in a psychiatric hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, participated in the Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford program (Oxford, UK), and studied ethics, theology, and public policy while working on Capitol Hill through the National Capital Semester for Seminarians program in Washington DC.
Dedicated to seeking excellence in the craft of preaching, Travis is an Engle Fellow with Princeton Seminary’s Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching. Committed to fostering relationships and building community across the lines that usually divide us, Travis has received training in broad-based community organizing through the Industrial Areas Foundation.
A noted speaker, Travis has served as a panelist at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and guest lecturer on theology and pastoral ministry at Saint Louis University. Travis, his wife Emily, and their two young sons live in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. He can be contacted at: 314-367-0366 and email@example.com.
Minister of Music
Organist and conductor Andrew Peters serves as organist and minister of music at Second Presbyterian. He directs the choral groups and handbell choir, plays the church’s restored 1965 Schantz organ, and oversees the church’s Couts Music Series as artistic director. He plays with the St. Louis Symphony as ensemble organist and is assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis.
Peters holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served churches in Connecticut, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. His congregational hymn settings and choral compositions are published by MorningStar Music and Paraclete Press. He and his wife and cat live in the city of St. Louis.
Members of the Session
The governing body of a Presbyterian Church is called the Session. It is made up of the Pastor plus the elders in active service. Second Presbyterian has twelve active elders divided into three classes. New elders are elected each year, by the congregation, to replace those whose term has expired. Once ordained, one is always an elder – either active or inactive. The Session has authority over all organizations within the local church. The Clerk of Session is nominated and elected by the session annually.