West Central Church of Christ


Marvin Johnson

Marvin Johnson is a native of Nashville, Arkansas. Marvin was baptized and added to the Lord’s Church in 1980 at the New View Church of Christ in Center Point, Arkansas.

Marvin graduated from Nashville High School in 1983 and went on to attend college at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering, in 1990.

While attending the University of Arkansas, Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and completed his basic training in San Diego, California. Marvin was accepted into the Marine Officers Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) in Quantico, Virginia. Marvin finished in the top ten percent of his class and completed the program in the summer of 1987.

After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Marvin decided to pursue a public sector career as an Electrical Engineer.

Marvin has been blessed to live in Burlington, Vermont, Worchester, Massachusetts and Saint Louis, Missouri. In addition, Marvin has been blessed to travel abroad to Paris, France, Madrid, Spain, Beijing, China and Tel Aviv, Israel on various business and personal projects.

Marvin returned to school at Harding University where he completed is his Master of Ministry Degree in 2009. Marvin’s capstone project involved developing a holistic ministry for senior citizens in Saint Louis to meet their physical and spiritual needs. Marvin’s passion for ministry continues to be in transforming communities by trying to help “The Least of These”.

Marvin and his family currently reside in Florissant, Missouri. Marvin has been married to his wife Sharon for over 27 years. Marvin and Sharon have three children: Zasmine, Zandria, and Xavian.

Marvin and his family have been active servants of Christ with the saints of God at the West Central Church of Christ since 1994. In January 2007, Marvin was ordained as a Deacon and served in multiple capacities. In 2013, Marvin was called to serve as the assistant minister and focused on community outreach. In 2015, Marvin was called to be the full-time Minister of the congregation where he is privileged to serve a loving family of believers.

Willard Maytubby

Willard Maytubby was born on May 9, 1933 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He attended Lincoln Elementary School in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He served in the Unites States Army and received the rank of Corporal. While in the Army, Willard served in special services as a (French) language interpreter and played a key role in the Army band.

In 1956, Willard married the love of his life Doris. Willard accepted Christ at an early age and immediately started using the gift of singing for the Lord. Willard continued his education and received his Master’s Degree in Special Education and a PhD in Educational Psychology and Administration from Saint Louis University.

Willard and Doris moved to St Louis, MO in 1961. They are the proud parents of three children (Anecia, Venetta and Lemont).

Willard was ordained as a Deacon at the Page Boulevard Church of Christ in 1991 were he continued his love for music by participating in, and directing, the chorus group. Willard went on to be ordained an Elder at the West Central Church of Christ.

While Elder Maytubby is proud of his accomplishments, which include being married for nearly 61 years, he considers his spiritual journey to be the most important aspect of his life.

When he isn’t with his church family, he is busy writing music, directing the West Central Metro Singing Chorus, exploring new technology gadgets, travelling to experience different cultures, and spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.

Michael McLarren

Elder James Michael McLarren, Sr.

was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up in the Midtown neighborhood of St. Louis during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.  He attended segregated neighborhood schools until graduation in 1975 from Vashon High School, where he was on the chess team and drove a Thunderbird.  In 1979, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Boone, and by 1982 was a family man and father of two working and studying to become a paramedic.

While Elder McLarren is proud of his accomplishments, which include being married for nearly 40 years, and providing for his family while earning several degrees, he considers his spiritual journey the most important aspect of his life.  In 1985, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, being baptized at Page Blvd Church of Christ.  Since then, he has devoted himself to the Church, serving as groundskeeper, deacon, bus driver, Sunday School teacher, handyman, treasurer, kid-wrangler and chili judge.

When he isn’t with his church family, he is busy owning and operating Christian Brothers Carpentry, playing hearts, hunting, fishing, falling asleep in front of the TV, taking his wife to Applebee’s, talking to his (grown) kids, and making plans to hang out with his three grandsons.