Second Baptist's Staff

  • Pastor Steve Mechem

    Steve writes: “As I read the Gospels, I am led to believe that Jesus has already initiated a Kingdom and has invited us to participate in it now as we practice radical, unconditional love. The kingdom grows with every kind act, every merciful moment, every decision that brings light into darkness, each and every word of encouragement.  It is my deepest desire to participate in that beloved community and to encourage others in their own spiritual walk.” 


    Steve says he loves serving at Second Baptist. He appreciates the sense of community that thrives as people accept, affirm and encourage each other on their journey of faith.


    Steve has served in pastorate positions for over 30 years in Madison, IN, Rapid City, SD and Decatur, IL. He earned a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and was ordained from American Baptist Churches U.S.A. in 1986. 


    Steve grew up in Bettendorf, IA. Married to Judi, together they have two grown children. Luke and spouse Pete live in Greenfield, MA.  Caleb and spouse Elizabeth live in San Antonio. Steve and Judi are the guardians of three dogs: Tango, Molly and Wrigley. 


    Contact Steve at: stevemechem@gmail.com

  • Music Staff: Marilyn and Brad Short

    Marilyn Short has been the Music Director since 2006, having served as the organist and choir accompanist since 1999. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Marilyn is also the staff choral accompanist at Webster Groves High School. Marilyn is a life-long pianist and has accounting degrees from Kansas State University.


    Brad Short began directing the Second Baptist Church choir in 2006. He is a long-time church musician who first started singing alongside his mother as a soprano. He is also a librarian at Washington University. Brad has music degrees from Kansas State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Office Manager: Linda Marks

    Linda Marks began her employment as Office Manager with Second Baptist Church in 2011, and hopes to serve Second Baptist for many more years!


    Linda has a deep commitment to Second Baptist. First as a long-time member of 50 years!  She has experience in many leadership roles, including serving on the church Council seven terms in different capacities. She knows the members current and past and knows every aspect of church operations.  Previously she taught Kindergarten in a private school for 20 years and also served as the director of a preschool. Prior to that Linda spent 13 years doing paralegal and secretarial work.


    Linda says: "Second Baptist Church is the greatest place to serve God in whatever capacity He leads me."


    Contact Linda at: office@2ndbc.org



  • Youth Coordinator: Henry San

    Henry San serves as the Youth Coordinator for Second Baptist Church.  Henry has grown up in the church and was very active in the youth program as a teenager.  Henry is a student at UMSL and works as a paralegal in a local law firm.


    He leads youth worship and meetings, plans for youth participation in community ministry events, coordinates youth trips and our annual camp at Green Lake, WI.  He is an absolute blessing to Second Baptist Church as his life models the teachings of Jesus for our students.