Choir Welcomes New Director

Our chancel choir is excited to welcome our new Director of Music, Clarissa Smith.  Clarissa is originally from Bardstown, Ky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky with a degree in Music Education. She is currently the Choral Teacher at Burns Middle School here in Owensboro.  Clarissa sings in the annual presentation of the Messiah and is a member of the OCTC Community Choir.  She also performs at many community events including…

Ila Culp Organist

Ila has been our organist since 2004 and prior to that she was our pianist for about three years.   She and her husband have been members of St. John UMC since moving to Owensboro in 1989. Ila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics Education from Ohio University, and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Western Kentucky University. Ila has been an avid supporter of the Owensboro Symphony…

Marty Hazelrigg Shively Pianist

Marty started playing for church when she was in high school, under the encouragement of Ruth Fort.  She graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan college with a B.A in Music Performance.  She was a Graduate Assistant in the Music Department at the University of Wyoming. After living in many different states, Marty returned to Owensboro in 1985.  She was a pianist at a Methodist Church in every city she lived in. Marty…

Clarissa Smith Director of Music

Clarissa has been our Director of Music since June 2021.  She is originally from Bardstown, Ky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Music Education. She is currently the Choral Teacher at Burns Middle School here in Owensboro.  Clarissa sings in the annual presentation of the Messiah and is a member of the OCTC Community Choir and also performs at many community events including weddings.

Gayle Yewell Office Manager

Gayle has been our Office Manager since April, 2019.  She moved to Owensboro with her parents in 1988 from Michigan.  Her Mother grew up in Owensboro and her Dad grew up Sacramento, Ky. Gayle is a member of the Owensboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she enjoys singing in the choir.  She married her husband, Tom in 1998, and they have a daughter, Emily, who attends DePaul University in Chicago. Gayle…

Mickey Richardson Pastor

We are pleased to announce that Mickey Richardson has recently been transferred to our church as our Senior Pastor.  Prior to coming to St. John, Mickey was the pastor at Midway United Methodist Church in Midway, Kentucky.  She has been a pastor for six years. Mickey obtained her undergraduate degree from Cumberland College in History & Communication Arts.  She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore.…