Sharon Riordan – Director
When Sharon Riordan’s son Dan was a college student in Chicago, he’d often seek out and befriend international students. Many would end up spending weekends and holidays with the entire family at the Riordan home. “Our church members would joke that we were running a youth hostel! I now look back and see that God was preparing me for my work with ISM-St. Louis.”
Sharon (nee Meinecke) and her husband, Pastor Steve Riordan, moved back from Chicago to St. Louis, which is their hometown, in 2013, when Steve was called to serve as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wildwood, Mo. Sharon is thrilled to be combining her love for international students with her desire to share the saving message of Christ Jesus.
Bob Lange – Bible Discussion Leader
Bob’s favorite Bible topics to discuss include: A. Any of the four Gospels because they tell about Jesus; B. The book of Romans because it clarifies the teachings of Christianity; C. Genesis because it lets us know how everything began — the world, people, sin, God’s plan of salvation, etc. Bob’s favorite place in St. Louis is Forest Park. Some of his hobbies are golf, yard work, swimming and recording family genealogy and history.
Susan Spitz-Morrison – English Conversation Leader
Susan has been a volunteer with ISM for over a decade. She is originally from Boston, and loves meeting new people, especially those from other countries and cultures. She is self-employed as a business consultant. Her favorite activities are rock climbing, hiking and kayaking. She also loves travel and photography. Her favorite class conversation topics are idioms and quirks of the English language, as well as finding which common expressions exist in many cultures. “I like to ask the class members to describe what most surprised them when they first arrived to the U.S.”
Matthew Wood – Bible Discussion Group Leader
Matthew Wood lives with is wife and daughter in Maplewood, MO where he is also Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church. He is also an STM student at Concordia Seminary in Clayton, MO. Matthew has been introducing high school and college aged students to the Bible since 2003 when he was an interim youth director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayzata, MN. He loves to study the whole bible because it tells the story of God working through Jesus Christ to restore the world to its perfect created order. In particular, he enjoys reading about Christ ascending into heaven in order to rule and govern all things until the day he returns to earth in glory.
Ron Schuette – English Conversation Leader
Ron’s favorite topics for English Conversation class include learning about where students are from, current events, idioms, famous quotes, and planning “field trips” with his students. His favorite places in St. Louis are Forest Park, the Cathedral Basilica, Busch Stadium, Missouri Botanical Garden, Grant’s Farm, any golf course and his home. His hobbies include golf, traveling, camping, reading (especially history, news magazines and Christian books) and taking walks with his wife, Sandy.
George Moellenhoff – Bible Discussion Leader
George’s favorite topic for conversation is God’s Word.
His favorite place to eat is Pietros.
Some of his hobbies are electric vehicles and square dancing.
George leads Bible Discussion on Sunday afternoons.
Tonya Peter – Mom & Baby Playtime Leader
Tonya loves spending time with moms and their young children, learning about their countries, and discussing American customs and traditions. She also enjoys traveling, riding her bike, spending time with her family, and writing. Her favorite place in St. Louis is Forest Park.
Becky Gill – Mom & Baby Playtime
Since college, Becky Gill has been very blessed by friendships with people from around the world. She's not a spectacular cook, but is a fabulous eater of all sorts of cuisines. She has three kids that are growing up far too quickly. In the meantime, she enjoys dragging them on outings around the city, running and gardening. Her favorite places in St Louis are Tower Grove Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Mr. Lonie Eatherton – Bible Discussion Leader
Rev. Eatherton and his wife Karen have been longtime volunteers with ISM – St. Louis, and are former missionaries. One of the international students whom they befriended was baptized before returning home. The Eathertons lead Bible Discussion Groups on/near the campus of St Louis University.
Becky Shaw – Women’s Bible Discussion Leader
When Becky was in eighth grade, through a missionary speaker, she felt God calling her to serve Him full time. She completed a degree in education and worked at a church in Iowa for three years. In 1980 she went to Hong Kong as a short-term missionary, then served as director of the short-term program in Taiwan for five years. During that time she met her husband Paul, who taught at the college level in several schools in Taiwan and served as pastor at Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Taiwan. Since July 2006, Becky and her husband and three children have been the pastoral family at Light of Christ Lutheran Chinese Mission connected to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, MO. Becky really enjoys preparing for and leading Bible studies, as well as helping people grow in their faith. She enjoys walking to work and any place when the weather is nice. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.