Meet Our Staff


Daryl Fansler

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Pastor Daryl (or PD as the youth call him) came to St. Paul in 2000 when his daughter, Meg, was 4 yrs. old. Now he and Debra, his wife, spent the summer on college road trips. Meg is a senior at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville. She doesn’t have a major picked out yet, but plans to be a chef and open her own restaurant.

Part of Pastor Daryl’s satisfaction in ministry at St. Paul comes from watching those who were children and youth when he came, step up to lead us in worship and all facets of our ministry. Even greater satisfaction comes from seeing on Sunday mornings a lot of people in the pews who weren’t there in 2000. Pastor Daryl believes that it is God who has called everyone present into St. Paul. And, he is convinced that God has a great plan and purpose for us. It is exciting to see where God is leading us next!

Pastor Daryl graduated from North Central College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, but he is a lifelong learner. He has especially enjoyed worshiping at and learning from area churches that connect young adults with Christ. His desire is to make St. Paul a place where all generations are able to connect with Christ.


Lois Mitchell

Administrative Assistant
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She has been on the staff since January of 2005. Prior to St. Paul she served Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia as resident director, director of student activities, assistant director of residence life, and associate for Baptist Campus ministries. Lois is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from SIUE and a Master of Arts in Religious studies from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, in Kansas City, Kansas. An Alton native, her hobbies include writing, singing, creative digital media design, photography and cooking.

Iris Uzzell

Prayer Ministries
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Has been a member of St. Pauls for nearly fifty years. A graduate of Roxanna High School, Iris attended IUC. Married to John, Iris is the mother of three sons, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of three. She leads the Prayer Ministries of St. Paul, is active in the worship choir, and teaches the Wesley Sunday School Class.


Eldon Wold, Jr.

Music Director and Hand Bell Choir Director

Eldon Wold, Jr. is the Music Director and Hand Bell Choir Director at St. Paul. He has been with us since 2014. Eldon was raised on a farm in Ottawa, IL. He is mostly of Norwegian decent. Eldon began piano lessons in elementary school and added organ lessons in 8th grade. He began playing in his rural Lutheran church at age 13 and has never stopped! He loves playing in church! College was at SIUE where Eldon did a double major in music education and piano performance. Eldon taught for 34 years and is now retired from the public schools.


Eileen Cheatham

Parish Nurse
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Born and raised in Jerseyville, she attended Lewis & Clark Community College, graduating in 1987 from nursing school. Board certified in 1997 in gerontological nursing. In 2004, she graduated from McKendree University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked in many areas of nursing, beginning in the ER and then continuing with long-term care, psychiatric nursing, hospital-based nursing, and most recently, a nurse navigator for breast health, assisting both women and men to navigate through the healthcare system.

Lauren Cranmer

Lauren Cranmer

Awakening Worship Coordinator
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Lauren is a graduate of East Alton-Wood River Community High School and went on to further her education in General Studies at Lewis and Clark Community College. After taking spring break to be at home with her four children, she returned to online courses at Grace Bible College. Her main focus is in Human Services, but her ultimate goal is to reach out to others by obtaining certification in Biblical Counseling. Lauren and her husband are active members in the community, and Lauren has served as a Girl Scout leader for the past three years. She has actively volunteered during bell ringing season for the Salvation Army and has volunteered with various organizations that are involved in community outreach. Lauren enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family. During the warmer months, she and her family enjoy camping throughout the summer and on weekends.


Joe Hanfelder

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Joe Hanfelder has been the custodian at St. Paul UMC since 2008. A retired owner and operator of convenience stores, he has been married to his wife Judy for fifty years. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.