Meet our staff
Say hello to the leadership team at Rooftop Church. The staff is led by Matt Herndon, the Lead Pastor, and includes those at Rooftop who are paid to serve the church. This includes a few pastors and administrative staff, all of whom, as part of their job, oversee other leaders and volunteers.
Matt Herndon - Lead Pastor
Matt Herndon is the founding pastor of Rooftop Church. As the Lead Pastor, he serves as the primary communicator, supervises the staff, shepherds the flock, and serves on the Rooftop elder team. Matt’s been Rooftop’s Lead Pastor since 2000, when he started the church with the help of a bunch of great folks from Truman State University. He’s originally from St. Louis (Parkway North, ’92), went to Truman State (B.S. Speech Communication), Bethel University (M.Div.), and Covenant Seminary (D.Min.). His wife, Michele, is a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital, and they’ve got three totally awesome children. He’s got a lot of interests, but he loves baseball, movies, and reading. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Zilkie - Small Groups and Spiritual Formation Pastor
Jeremy Zilkie joined the Rooftop staff in 2009. He is originally from Michigan via Hawaii and other exotic locations. He holds degrees from Hawaii Pacific University, William Tyndale College, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, traveling to many locations, with most of his time in and around the Pacific Rim. At Rooftop he oversees the Small Groups, Global Outreach (GO Team), discipleship and numerous other ministry teams. Jeremy loves helping people understand God’s design and plan for their lives, developing leaders, and challenging people to dream big dreams for God. He is married to Julie who manages the home while caring for and homeschooling their eight children--David, Jonathan, Caroline, Ezekiel, Selah, Elijah, Abigail and Vivian. Email him at email@example.com.
Jacob Prahlow - Connections and Church-Planting Pastor
Jacob Prahlow joined Rooftop in 2018 and serves as Pastor of Connections and Church-Planting. He’s been Hayley’s husband since 2012 and Bree’s dad since 2016 and Judah's dad since 2019. Jacob is an avid reader, writer and baseball fan, and he co-founded and serves as an editor at the Conciliar Post. He’s passionate about helping people love God with their minds and equipping the saints, and he is excited to be leading Rooftop’s church-planting efforts. A current graduate student in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University, Jacob holds a Master of Arts from Wake Forest University, a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University, and certificates in theology and worldviews from the Oxford Study Centre and Summit Semester. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Herbig - Pastor of Worship and Technology
Jason Herbig has been leading worship at Rooftop since the very beginning – first as a volunteer and eventually as staff. After graduating from St. Louis University High in 1994, he attended Truman State University, where he met and worked in campus ministry with Matt. He currently holds a Masters in Worship Studies from Liberty University. Jason oversees the music, technical, and creative ministries at Rooftop. He has been married to Liza since 1998, and over the years they have amassed five children, two of whom were adopted through the foster care system. Jason’s interests include playing and recording music, watching movies, and staying involved with his kids’ growing number of activities and extracurriculars as much as he can. Email him at email@example.com.
Heather Gain - Director of Communications
Heather Gain is Rooftop’s Director of Communications. After spending more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, Heather joined the staff in 2011 to help share the "Good News." She manages all the church's communication channels including the website, print and digital media, as well as Rooftop's marketing and outreach efforts. Heather and her husband, J.R., married in 2008 and have two daughters, Lois and Ruby. Heather has served in many roles at Rooftop including Singles Ministry Leader, Events Team Leader, Rooftots Children's Ministry teacher, and a Deacon. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelsey Jackson - Office Assistant
Kelsey Jackson serves as Rooftop’s Office Assistant. She manages the building, assists the Rooftots Children’s Ministry, and keeps things in order. Kelsey studied Worship Arts at Missouri Baptist University. She has served as a Worship Leader for the past seven years and is passionate about ministry. She and her husband, Roger, have been married since 2012 and have a son named Bentley. Kelsey loves playing music, art, painting, and playing board games. Email her at email@example.com.
Schuyler Vowell - Pastoral Intern
Schuyler Vowell joined Rooftop in 2020 as a pastoral intern. He is originally from Kentucky. He received his bachelor's degree from Murray State University and is currently pursing his masters degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. At Rooftop he helps with youth, young adults, small groups and social media. He has a passion for people and helping them understand how much Jesus loves them and the plans he has for them. Schuyler (pronounced SKY-ler) loves sports and writing. His first book was published in 2018. He is engaged to Chandler and they are tying the knot in August 2020.