The team who leads Rooftop
God’s really in charge around here. We don’t get to sit in on the Trinity’s board meetings or anything, but we read His memos (that’s the Bible), spend a lot of time praying for His leadership, and try to execute His will. The Elders are a group of volunteers elected by the congregation that handle most of the big decisions, like staffing, vision, theology, and helping clean up big church messes.
Steve Schrage grew up in a Catholic home, but not until college did he understand what it meant to truly follow Jesus. Steve joined Rooftop just after the church launched in 2001. He has served as an Elder, Small Group Leader, facilities manager, bass player on the worship team, and a lawn mower. Steve’s ministry passion is a mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico, to build homes for the homeless. Steve met his wife, Erin, at Rooftop. They have seven children - Anna, Rachel, Kyra, Mark, Daniel, John, and Nicholas. He’s a project manager for a construction company and loves Rock-n-Roll and Cardinals baseball. Email Steve
Matt Herndon has been Rooftop’s Lead Pastor since 2000, when he started the church with the help of a bunch of great folks. He’s originally from St. Louis (Parkway North, ’92), went to Truman State, Bethel University, and Covenant Seminary. His wife Michele is a pediatric nurse, and they’ve got three totally awesome children. He’s got a lot of interests, but he loves working on the house and watching movies. Email Matt
Greg Cook is an attorney who has attended Rooftop for more than 12 years with his wife, Elizabeth, and children - Maggie, Elliott, and Cecilia. He grew up in the church and then “re-committed my life” one summer in college when working at a Christian summer camp (Mountain T.O.P.). He's served with missions, Rooftots Children's Ministry, the Worship Tech Team, and as a Small Group Leader. Email Greg
Blake Ahrens is a middle manager at an insurance company. He and his wife, Gerilyn, have been married 20 years and have three biological children, Andrew, Alyssa, and Jessica, as well as nine foster children over the years. They have attended Rooftop since it was founded in 2001, except for four years in the middle when they lived in Central Illinois. Blake serves on the Greeting and Cleaning teams. Previously, he served a couple of stints on the elder team, led small groups, capital campaigns and a whole bunch of other stuff. Email Blake
Mark Kamil has been following Jesus at Rooftop for more than 10 years. He’s led small groups, the Men’s Ministry, and the Service Team. He has cut the grass as part of the Lawn Crew and served as treasurer with the Affton Christian Food pantry, a partner ministry. His spiritual gifts are hospitality, shepherding, giving, and encouragement. Most of his professional career has been in commercial lending. He enjoys reading, sports, music and craft beer. Mark and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Gavin and Elijah. Email Mark