Rev. Jacob Thorne
Jacob Thorne is a third-generation Disciple and graduate of Eden Theological Seminary. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is a former member and alumni of the Lily-funded Bethany Fellowship. He is the co-author of Missional Youth Ministry – From Gathering Teenagers to Scattering Disciples. Before joining Community Christian Church as the senior minister, he served as the senior minister of First Christian Church, Troy, MO, and as the associate minister and minister of youth at Broadway Christian Church, Columbia, MO. Jacob and his wife, Paulette, have two daughters, Annabelle and Clara, and recent twin girls, Ella and Grace.
Amy Sabbert O’Brien
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Amy grew up in the United Church of Christ in Collinsville, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science. She then shifted to ministry and graduated with a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. Amy and her husband, Matthew married in 1995 and moved across the country with Matthew’s career. Amy served First Christian Church in Norman, Oklahoma while Matt finished his PHD in Marketing. She then served Rincon, UCC in Tucson, AZ while Matthew was an Assistant Professor at the U of A.
Eventually they moved closer to home where Matt joined the faculty at Bradley University and Amy served First Federated Church in Peoria, IL. As their oldest daughter, Hannah, entered high school it was important for Amy to return to St. Louis to be present with family as the older generation was passing away. It was also a time for the kids to root themselves in St. Louis before graduating. They have been here now for 2 years, the kids (Hannah, 17 yrs. & Spencer 12 yrs.) are in the Webster Groves schools, Matthew is here on weekends and holidays, and Amy is looking forward to this chapter of ministry with us!