Pastor Steve Mechem

On July 1, 2012, Rev. Stephen Mechem became the new pastor of Second Baptist Church. Steve has been an ordained American Baptist minister for 26 years, serving churches in Madison, Indiana; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Decatur, Illinois.

Steve is an innovator. Projects he initiated include establishing a sister church relationship with a church in El Salvador, developing a small group ministry, establishing a relationship between his church and a local school, and leading his church in developing a vision plan. Members of his former churches credit him with helping them to become better Christians and to experience God's grace more fully.

In his description of his ministry, Steve says, in part: “I have a passion for the Kingdom of God. As I read the Gospels, I am led to believe that Jesus initiated a Kingdom to be made up of those who choose to take Him at His word and follow His command to practice radical, unconditional love. His 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 Kingdom.”

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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.