Meet Our Staff

Dr. Jimmy Watson (Senior Pastor)

Dr. Watson is a native of West Texas. He is married to Annie Cass Watson. Together they have five children and five grandchildren. He received his B.A. (1987) and M.A. in Religion (1989) from Hardin-Simmons University and earned a PhD in Theology and Ethics from Baylor University (1996). Dr. Watson was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 1993 and has served congregations in Texas, Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. He has authored two books, including Big Jesus: A Pastor’s Struggle with Christology, and has published several devotionals for the UCC.


Linda Stoecklin (Parish Nurse)

Linda is a health educator, a personal counselor, a referral agent, a health advocate, and she assists people to integrate faith and health.  She is a licensed pastor which allows the homebound to receive communion and anointing when she visits.




Paul Westcott (Director of Music)

Paul, who is a native of New York state, has been in St. Louis since 1990.  He has received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Music from Webster University, as well as studying at Indiana State and DePaul Universities.  Paul has worked as a free-lance musician for 30 years and 2018 marks his 20th year working with UCC churches.



Jennifer Jansen (Financial Manager)

Jennifer has been employed with Immanuel since 2012.  She handles all the accounting and payroll responsibilities.  Jennifer is married to Greg and they have three children.  She enjoys sports and outdoor activities.





Dana Dold-Brown (Administrative Assistant/Secretary)

Dana is new to Immanuel UCC. She began working here on April 16, 2018. Dana was born and raised in St. Louis, grew up in Dellwood and currently lives in Bridgeton.  She has been married to Gary for almost 20 years and has two daughters, Madison and Haley. She enjoys playing Bunko with her friends, watching her kids play sports (soccer, volleyball, shotput, discus, javelin, karate and lacrosse), watching TV and spending time with her family!



Debbie Bahr (Property Manager/Custodian)

Debbie has worked at Immanuel UCC for over 20 years. She has been married to Denny for 38 years and has two sons, 2 beautiful daughter-in-laws and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Debbie enjoys fishing, gardening and spending time with her family!