Fr. Joe Kempf
Fr. Joe KempfPastor
Fr. Joe Kempf is the second of six children, a diocesan priest from St. Louis, Missouri, and someone whose love of God shows forth in an enthusiasm for life. He has a Master of Arts Degree in theology and a Master of Divinity Degree from Kenrick Seminary. Winner of the "Great Preacher Award" from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Fr. Joe brings a love of storytelling, a heart for God's people, and a desire to remember those things that really matter. He is the author of the book, “No One Cries the Wrong Way” (subtitled: “Seeing God Through Tears”). Fr. Joe is founder of “Gospel Values,” a non-profit company dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful message of Jesus for children of all ages. Fr. Joe was assigned pastor of Most Sacred Heart parish on June 16, 2015.
Fr. Leo Spezia
Fr. Leo SpeziaAssociate Pastor
Father Leo Spezia was ordained for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis on May 22, 1976 and has served as Associate Pastor and Pastor in several parishes throughout the Archdiocese. While stationed as Associate Pastor at Saint John the Baptist Parish in St. Louis, he was appointed as the Director of the South City Deanery Parish School of Religion which serves 17 parishes in the city. Over the years, Father has worked in the chaplain services for local police departments, law enforcement agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Father also serves as the Catholic chaplain for the Saint Louis Rams. In 2012 Father Leo was assigned to Most Sacred Heart Parish in Eureka as associate pastor. In January 2015, Fr. Spezia was appointed the interim parochial administrator of Most Sacred Heart parish by Archbishop Carlson.
Deacon Tom Eultgen
Deacon Tom EultgenPermanent Deacon
Tom married his wife Judy in 1967. They have two grown children: Darren (married to Cindy Eultgen) and Laura (married to Scott Hrbacek). Their granddaughter, Emily Hrbacek, passed to eternal life in 2010 at the age of 10. Was ordained to the Order of Deacon on January 31, 1987 and has been assigned to serve in 4 different parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Tom has been assigned to Most Sacred Heart parish since July, 2008. In his ministry he takes pleasure in visiting the homebound parishioners and nursing homes in our parish. He and his wife Judy enjoy working with young parishioners who want to have their children baptized and with volunteering in Pastoral Services at Mercy Hospital. When not serving in the parish, they enjoy traveling.
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Deacon Leo Fehner
Deacon Leo FehnerPermanent Deacon
Deacon Leo Fehner and his wife, Mary, make their home in Valley Park, Missouri. Deacon Leo is retired from many years with the Internal Revenue Service where he served as an auditor and was located in several cities. Originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, he is a graduated of Assumption High School there. Upon retirement from the IRS, Deacon Leo applied for admittance in the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese and was sponsored by his home parish, Sacred Heart-Valley Park, MO. In his third year of formation Cardinal Raymond Burke assigned him to an Acolyte Internship at Most Sacred Heart-Eureka and upon ordination to the rank of Deacon on June 6, 2010 was appointed to the pastoral staff here. Deacon Leo’s ministry here has included ministry to the sick and homebound, adult education with the Catholicism series by Father Robert Barron and the Genesis to Jesus series by Dr. Scott Hahn. Deacon Leo is also the chaplain for our local chapter of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
Deacon Alan Whitson
Deacon Alan WhitsonPermanent Deacon
Deacon Alan Whitson and Bridget reside in Ballwin, Missouri. Deacon Alan and Bridget are both retired as of 2014 and enjoy parish work, travel as well as our granddaughters, Selby and Riley. We have two sons, Bryan and Christopher, both are married – Bryan to Kellee and Christopher to Michelle – and each has a daughter. Bryan and Kellee live in St Louis while Christopher and Michelle live in Denver, Colorado. I became a Catholic in 1992 and began the discernment to the Diaconate in 1998. I was ordained in 2002 and assigned to St Clare of Assisi in Ellisville. I have been happily assigned to Most Sacred Heart since October, 2016. I bring over 10 years of experience in Annulment work. I very much enjoy preaching as well as various scripture studies. I have in the recent past been involved in RCIA as well as communion calls to Catholics who, for various reasons can’t join their Sisters and Brothers in Christ at Mass. I am at present “learning” this active parish and am anxious to serve in any capacity that I can.
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Michelle Etter
Michelle EtterParish School of Religion, CRE
Hello my name is Mrs.Michelle Etter and I’m excited to be joining the Most Sacred Heart family as your next Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE). A little bit about myself, my husband, Mike, and I along with our three children Ethan(13), Lukas (10), and Martha (6) live in Washington, MO. We are members of St. Francis Borgia Parish. We love fishing, baseball, and swimming in our free time. I am currently finishing my 21st year in Catholic Education where I have been a 3rd grade teacher, 3rd & 6th Grade PSR Catechists, Preschool Director/teacher, Middle School teacher, CRE, and Elementary Principal. Catholic Education is very important to me because it gives me an opportunity to support parents in the faith development of their children. I also love that through Catholic Education we can incorporate our faith in all aspects of our day not just in Religion class.
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Monica Wilson
Monica WilsonPrincipal
Monica Wilson is the principal of our elementary school. She was a teacher at our school from 1992-2008 and became principal in August 2008. Mrs. Wilson’s education includes a B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis, a B.S. in Special Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis, a M.A. in Education Administration, St. Louis University and Religious Certification, Paul VI Institute.
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Kristy Stockell
Kristy StockellParish Secretary
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Wayne Kissel
Wayne KisselParish Business Manager
Wayne Kissel has been the business manager for the parish since December 2015. A parishioner since 1996, he and his wife Becky live in Eureka with their three children. Mr. Kissel graduated from Benedictine College with a B.A. in Accounting and a B.A in Business Administration. He has his M.B.A. from St. Louis University and is a C.P.A.
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Jane Stern
Jane SternCo-Bookkeeper
Jane has been assisting with the bookkeeping duties since February 2017. She and her husband Dan, are relatively new members of the parish, moving to Eureka in October 2016. Jane has 3 grown children and she's happy to now also be part of the spirit-filled family here at Most Sacred Heart!
Kelly Schumacher
Kelly SchumacherCo-Bookkeeper
I am one of the part-time bookkeepers here at Most Sacred Heart. I also work as the librarian for both the school and the parish library. My husband and I joined the parish in 1987 and have 3 children and one granddaughter. Our two oldest are now married and our youngest is still in school. I love spending time with my family. We love being part of Most Sacred Heart!
Leanne Buback
Leanne BubackYouth Minister

Leanne's participation in the parish and regular attendance of youth group ultimately gave her a passion and desire to serve Jesus Christ and His Church through youth ministry. She has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Evangelization from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Prior to becoming youth minister, she served on the events team for Life Teen, an international youth ministry resource organization in Atlanta, GA. The Lord led her back home to St. Louis and she is thrilled to have come full circle and land right back here at Most Sacred Heart.