The Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise-Baker
Chaplain Dietra has spent the last 15 years working with youth in the church and community. Since July 2005, she has served as a full-time chaplain and program development manager for Episcopal City Mission.
Dietra energetically shares with the children a God that is with them and for them, in a world that might dismiss their value. She is known to invoke the spirit through dance, singing, or preaching. Most of all, she is always amazed to find the ways God reveals herself through the children.
Born in New York, Dietra strives to build communities that burst with diversity, hope, and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University, a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Dietra is married to Cornell Baker and they have a beautiful daughter, Alexis.
Chaplain Jeff has a passion to see kids experience healing through God’s grace. He has spent thousands of hours working with adolescents.
Jeff has the heart of a counselor and utilizes his skills to serve the young people in detention. He has served as a part-time chaplain at the City and County Detention Centers since June 2010.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Trinity International University and completed his Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. Jeff and his wife, Katie, have three children, Samuel, Joshua and Halle.
In addition, Jeff was born in Chicago and is an avid Chicago sports fan. His loyalty to the Cubs was finally rewarded in 2016 when they won the World Series, much to the chagrin of his co workers.
The Rev. Kevin Aldridge
Chaplain Kevin enjoys doing God’s work and is honored to be a part of changing the lives of the children in detention through the ECM chaplaincy. He has served as a part-time chaplain at the St. Louis City Detention Center since 2011. During his time as chaplain, he has touched the lives of many children in detention by building relationships and restoring hope.
Over fifteen years ago, Kevin answered the call to youth ministry. He was ordained and served for ten years as youth pastor at his church where he is now assistant pastor. Working with underserved youth for the past 11 years as the director of an afterschool program has enhanced Kevin’s ability to properly minister to the youth in detention.
One of Kevin’s greatest accomplishments is his marriage of 25 years to his wife Karen. Together, they have four children Kevin Jr. (wife Raven and their son Mikey), Kory (our angel in heaven), Kourtnie and Keldon.
Beth became the Executive Director of Episcopal City Mission (ECM) in July 2013. After spending over 25 years in the corporate world, she felt moved to use her professional skills and volunteer experience working for a nonprofit organization.
Beth’s new career direction brought her to ECM, where the executive director position was a perfect match for her passion to serve the community and her professional experience to manage all of ECM’s administrative needs. She hopes to stay with ECM for many years where she can see ECM chaplains continuing to touch the lives of the troubled youth.
Beth is a native of St. Louis. She has been a dedicated fan of Cardinals baseball since she was in grade school and listened to Jack Buck when she should have been asleep! In addition, she can be found following college basketball during March Madness!
Beth earned her M.A. degree in Marketing from Webster University and received her B.S.degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Rhonda has worked part-time as an administrative assistant for Episcopal City Mission since 2011, when she happily returned to the workforce. Rhonda spent the previous 18 years as a stay-at-home mom to four lovely daughters, while her husband, Stan, supported the family.
Volunteering and children are two things Rhonda holds dear to her heart, so Episcopal City Mission is just the right fit! This job proved to be an extension of everyday life – lots of balls in the air at any given time. And, all the lovely people that she has met throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri are just icing on the cake!
Rhonda currently serves on the board of Shooting Stars Productions, a local children’s theater company and volunteers at her daughters’ school, Visitation Academy. In her life before children, Rhonda received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis.