About Our Pastor, Rev. Mauri Blanding Peaco
The Reverend Mauri Blanding Peaco was called by congregational vote on January 26, 2014 and began service as Good Shepherd's Pastor & Teacher on March 1, 2014. Rev. Peaco is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, holding standing in the Eastern Association of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. She is married to Dr. David Peaco, a Clinical Psychologist who practices in Wentzville. They make their home in Maryland Heights so good dog Robbie can walk in Creve Coeur Park every day and generally harass the poor wildlife.
Her ministry goal is to bring the words of Jesus, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly"into the lives of individuals, relationships of all sorts and communities. In all the congregations she has served in Illinois and Missouri, she has focused on becoming a more inclusive faith community reflecting the wide circle of all God's children. She lead one congregation to become an "Open & Affirming" church and began the exploration process in 2 others who are still studying the question.
Whether its in "Bear Country" at Glacier National Park or the wilds of St. Charles County, she is passionate about working against the bears of injustice, intolerance and discrimination where ever those bears arise. Don't feed those bears!
Pastor Mauri received an undergraduate degree in Social Work; and Master's degrees in Management and Social Work and doctorate level hours in Counseling Psychology before her call to ministry and a Master's in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. Her professional life prior to parish ministry has included working as a Parole Officer for the Arkansas Adult Prison System where she became the Director of Offender Adjustment Resources, helping ex-cons lead a recovery life. She became the Director of the Arkansas Juvenile Corrections Diagnostic Intake Center. She was a nursing home administrator and spoke at national conventions on aging issues. She has set up and directed hospital based mental health treatment programs and has worked in the E.R., ICU, on locked mental health floors and in outpatient therapy offices. She was adjunct facility at 2 of the nations premier schools of Social Work, supervising graduate level clinical students. She was the Clinical Supervisor for a mental health team of Master's and Doctorate level therapists. She served on Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Teams working with ambulance crews and emergency healthcare staff to debrief after critical care /traumatic death situations. For 5 years she trained medical students, interns and residents at SLU School of Medicine on how to care for dying patients and their families. She has been the Director of 2 hospice programs totaling 13 years in the field of grief and loss.
She's looking for you to help her explore God's amazing river of love for all... and that does mean God's love for YOU, too! Come visit us at Good Shepherd UCC, or call Pastor Mauri to talk about Jesus' hope for you:"life, and life abundantly!"
No matter who you are;
no matter where you have been,
or are, on life's journey: YOU are welcome here.