Rev. Dr. Craig Howard

Transitional Presbytery Leader

Phone: (314) 772-2395 x 110
Office Hours: Please call or email to confirm Craig's weekly schedule.

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Rev. Dr. Craig Howard 

Craig is a native of Chicago’s south suburbs. He completed his undergraduate work at DePaul University earning a BA in Organizational Psychology. Craig earned the M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary where he was the recipient of the Arthur Hayes Fellowship for outstanding Master’s Thesis. Craig went on to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick as well.

Craig’s first career was in business, as owner and operator of a State Farm insurance agency for 20 years. As the first African American agent in the South Suburbs, Craig helped to open the door for other racial ethnic minorities in the insurance field.

After being called to ministry, Craig left insurance to serve McCormick as Director of Recruitment and Admissions. During that time, he built an outstanding student body which was described as a sea change in the life of the seminary. Craig later served McCormick in fundraising as Chief Development Officer. After relocating to Madison WI Craig worked as a Major Gifts officer at Beloit College in Beloit, and as Mission Advancement Director at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown.

In pastoral ministry, Craig has always served bi-vocationally, doing fundraising or admissions work while in pastoral ministry. Craig has served several racial ethnic churches including Latina/o, African American, Korean, and Euro American.

Craig currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Presbytery of Milwaukee. This is the chief leadership role for the presbytery. As Executive Director, Craig implemented the “What’s Next” strategic plan which includes staff reorganization, presbytery meeting restructuring, and Committee On Ministry revitalization tied with aggressive leadership training. These changes resulted in an increase of innovation, risk taking, energy, and openness to new ideas throughout the presbytery.

Craig’s spouse the Rev. Marilyn Gamm, who has recently returned to the St. Louis area after serving as the Transitional Executive Presbyter of Riverside Presbytery in San Bernardino, California. Craig has two adult daughters, Jacqueline and Judith.



Rev. Joy Myers

Acting Stated Clerk

Phone: (314) 772-2395 x 123
Office Hours: In Office - Thursdays, Always Available by Email

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Joy’s brief biography…

I have spent a lot of time volunteering in my life…most of it with the denomination in one way or another.  Married for 47 years, my spouse, Ron, retired from the Illinois Toll Highway Authority when I received a call to be Associate Pastor in Edwardsville, IL.  A late bloomer, I graduated from college in 1989 with a teaching degree and again in 1996 with a Master’s degree in Education.  Going to Seminary in 1997 and graduating from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2000 beginning work as Associate Pastor at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, IL.  I was actually ordained before graduation!

I’ve spent time as a timer and record keeper for my children’s swim team breathing in chlorine!  I’ve served on boards of directors for several organizations and currently serve on the board at Uni-Pres Kindercottage in East St Louis.  Ron and I served as Foster parents through the Dept of Children and Family Services in Illinois and adopted two children.  Our daughter lives in Southern Missouri after losing her husband of 20 years in 2015.  Our son died in 1995.

Leigh Porter

Office Manager

Phone: (314) 772-2395 x 112
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Leigh’s brief biography…

I was raised in the Baptist faith tradition.  I have, over the years, taught Sunday School and other classes to children, youth and adults.  I met my husband, Lee, at the church I grew up in.  We have been married for 28 years.  We have two boys, Tim and Patrick.  Tim is a college student at Murray State Univ. in KY and Patrick is a high school student.  We live in Webster Groves.

Prior to coming to the Presbytery, I worked in a church for eight years.  I love this work and look forward to getting to know you!

Janice McMillen

Communicatons Associate

Phone: (573) 578-3960
Office Hours: Office on Thursdays, Deployed - Regionally, Always accessible via email, call or text.

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Janice’s brief biography…

Many of you already know me, as I have volunteered in many capacities within the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy over the past ten years, serving on Congregational Development Ministry Team, Transitional Team, and Committee on Representation/Nomination.

I am a life-long Presbyterian, and have spent my entire spiritual journey at Steelville Presbyterian, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis. In my home church, I have served as a Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, Youth Leader, and led mission trips.

I am married to Marty McMillen and am blessed to be the step-mother to Kasey and step-grandmother to Kamden. I also work at Three Rivers Publishing, Inc. based in Cuba, Missouri and handle circulation for three periodicals and one standard. I love to meet new people, visit new places, and most of all I love to serve our amazing God in whatever way called to do so.

The Communication position is a part-time flexible schedule, so it is best to try to reach me by email at or by calling or texting my cell phone (573) 578-3960.