Get to know the candidates nominated to the Elder Team.
Rooftop's Elder Team has nominated Paul Colbert and Paul Mueller and re-appointed Steve Schrage to each serve two year terms on the team. The Rooftop Voting Roster will vote to confirm the nominations at the State of the Roof Meeting Friday, Oct. 26. Get to know more about them below.
Years at Rooftop: 3
Family: Mandi (married 17 years), Porter (10 years old, 5th grade, Providence Classical Christian Academy), and Grady (7 years old, 2nd grade, PEGS at Kennerly Elementary)
Occupation: Manager with Department of Defense
Roles at Rooftop over the years: Grounds (but only for two seasons; sorry, Jon); Marketing (website); Small Group Deacon
Spiritual gifts: teaching, giving, leadership
How I became a follower of Christ: I became a follower of Christ in my early youth, but I didn't understand what that really meant until my late 20's. I was still in the Army (at Ft. Leonard Wood), attending a Methodist Church in Waynesville, MO. A new pastor, Londia Grainger-Wright was pivotal in my maturity as a Christian. She pressed the entire congregation on Biblical principles, responsibilities, and accountability, but she did it out of her intense love for Jesus Christ. She stood firmly by her message - not a personal one, not one unique to that church or denomination, not selective and easy, but rooted in Biblical expectations - and lovingly demanded the same of the church membership. It was a wake-up call for me as a Christian-in-name-only that God wanted more of me and my family.
What do I love about Rooftop? Honesty and accountability: we're all sinners, and we openly admit it; but, we still need to hold each other to Biblical standards.
What's a concern I have for Rooftop? How do we properly staff and plan for growth? Moving to our new building was daunting enough, but planting a new church will require a whole new level of logistics.
Two personal heroes:
- My grandfather, Collis Thurman Colbert. He was a quiet, faithful man - faithful to God, to his wife, to his family. He spoke loudly through his actions, rarely ever needing to say a word.
- Sir Ernest Shackleton: Shackleton's crew and ship, Endurance, failed to reach the South Pole in 1914. A crew of 28 spent three years in and around Antarctica; Shackleton brought all 28 home. I admire Shackleton's ability to focus on a problem, understand his own shortcomings (and surround himself with smart people to fill in those gaps), and keep his men safe.
Other things people should know about me: I'm prior military and currently a DoD civilian, so service to a greater cause has been part of my life for over 20 years, and two verses have stuck with me: Psalm 16:1 - "Keep me safe, oh Lord, for in you I take refuge." ...and... John 15:13 - "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for his friends." I'm also an admitted beer snob and home brewer.
If you want to talk more to me, contact me at: email@example.com, 636-222.-2120 (text or phone call)
Years at Rooftop: 16
Family: My wife Jennifer and son Ben, but there are many more Rooftoppers I also consider family, including but not limited to Donnie, Colleen, and Jo.
Roles at Rooftop over the years: Worship Team, Prayer Team, Elder Team, Lawn Crew, Mexico, Small Group Leader, Homeless outreach, Men’s Ministry, Marketing Team
Spiritual gifts: discernment, compassion, prayer, hospitality, service
How I became a follower of Christ: I was raised in a non practicing Catholic Family and did not have much exposure to Jesus until I was 21. A very close friend of mine who I hadn't spoken with in many years became a believer and called me soon after. He shared the gospel with me during our conversation and I accepted Christ Immediately. I had always felt that there should have been something more to the God I had grown up knowing about, but not really knowing. When someone took the time and care to share Christ with me, I knew that it was what I had been looking for.
What do I love about Rooftop? I love that Rooftop is at its core, a family, with all of the ups and downs that come with that. Jesus is at the center of everything that we do at Rooftop, which is very important. I love that Rooftop aims to point to Jesus in every way possible and share the truth of the gospel in a caring, yet unapologetic way. I Also appreciate that Rooftop is a place where we can disagree on smaller secondary issues, while also being united in the truth of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.
What's a concern I have for Rooftop? The lack of new leaders has recently been a concern, but I have seen more new leaders step up recently, so I think that the focus should be on continuing to develop and care for those leaders and help them mature into the leaders God has called them to be.
Two personal heroes: My mother, who taught me about love and sacrifice, and my very first boss, who taught me how to work hard.
Other things people should know about me: I love to cook, I’m a huge
Rams, Chiefs fan. (Go Chiefs!)
If you want to talk more to me, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-680-9288
Years at Rooftop: 17
Family: Erin (wife), Anna (12), Rachel (10), Kyra (9), Mark (8), Daniel (6), John (4), Nicholas (2)
Occupation: Project Manager for a General Contractor
Roles at Rooftop over the years: Elder, Building & Grounds, Transition Team, Small Group Leader, Worship Team Member, Mexico Mission Trip Coordinator
Spiritual gifts: Wisdom and Discernment
How I became a follower of Christ: I grew up in a very Catholic home, attending Mass weekly (sometimes several times a week), 12 years of Catholic school, received the sacraments, etc. However, I had no personal relationship with Jesus nor did I truly comprehend what that meant. My ‘religion’ did not really impact my moral choices and I was lost and seeking truth. Through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at Mizzou (and the folks who loved me there), I slowly came to understand Jesus in a way I had never heard before and, after many months, chose to dedicate my life to following and serving Him.
What do I love about Rooftop? I think Rooftop has an incredibly strong core of leaders and volunteers that function as the healthy heart of the church. I want Rooftop to continue to be a place where outsiders, unchurched, and those burned by the church can feel welcome and comfortable. I also think that our unconventional, laid back, modern style coupled with our uncompromising presentation of the Gospel is very unique and a huge strength. We tend to value authenticity and honesty which I think are essential for true growth in Christ. I like that we take following Jesus seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
What's a concern I have for Rooftop? As we grow and adapt to the changes coming for our congregation, that we continue to reach more and more with the Gospel while still maintaining and honing our unique culture which has been an effective tool for many who have committed to Rooftop as their church home. I would like to see more people serving and leading, especially in several areas where we need more help to fully minister.
Two personal heroes: Stephen, the first martyr. What a bold proclamation and defense for the faith in the midst of certain death. Scott, a good college friend and Army Ranger who served a tour in Iraq and is now building a ministry to help combat human trafficking in southeast Asia.
Other things people should know about me: I have very strongly held beliefs (about many topics) but am always open to discussing different views and opinions, and have occasionally even been persuaded by cogent arguments. Talk to me if you have any questions or concerns. I like taking long driving trips with my family and playing pinball and shooting pool. Finally, my band won the Battle of the Dad Bands recently. I will bring the same level of rockin’ to the elder team.
If you want to talk more to me, contact me at: email@example.com, 314-270-8493