Friedens Staff


Rev.Tom Baynham-Acting Pastor

Pastor Tom has served as Friedens associate pastor since May 2018, specifically in the areas of worship, music and church vitality. He is a native of Richmond, Virginia having served congregations in that state as well as in Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Missouri. Tom holds graduate degrees from the Boston University School of Theology, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tom is the father to two adult children; son Daniel, a social sports coordinator, and daughter Lindsey, an ordained United Methodist Elder in Virginia. He enjoys, reading, conducting, the Dallas Cowboys...and the Chicago Cubs.



Dana McNamara - Youth and Family Coordinator

Hi! I’m Dana, I enjoy working with Children, Youth, and Families to encourage Spiritual Formation at formative ages. As a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ I grew up attending church and church camps in Colorado where I heard my call to ministry. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University in 2012 and earned my Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri in 2016. Since I’ve been in Missouri, I met and married my husband, Ryan. Ryan and I have a gaggle of dogs and cats in our household. We enjoy taking our dogs, Mars, Luna, and Io to the dog park as often as possible. During my free time I like to use my creativity to create fun art.



Sharon Brune - Office Administrator

Sharon joined the Friedens UCC staff as our Office Administrator in 2006. Sharon came from working many years in the medical field as a Medical Assistant before coming to the church. Sharon enjoys using her time and talent in helping with various groups and committees within the church. Sharon grew up as a life-long member of Friedens UCC. Sharon and her husband Galen are residents of St. Charles along with their son Dylan. She enjoys spending time with her sons and daughter-in-laws and her grandchildren. They also enjoy going on family vacations with their children.