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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schuyler Vowell - Pastor of Youth and Young Adults
Schuyler Vowell joined Rooftop in January 2020 as a pastoral intern and then was hired as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults that summer. He and his beautiful wife, Chandler, were married in August 2020. They are both originally from the great commonwealth of Kentucky, where they both attended Murray State University and received their bachelor’s degrees. Schuyler (pronounced SKY-ler) currently attends Covenant Theological Seminary pursuing his Master of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry. Schuyler is an avid sports fan, loves to read, and his first book, Finding Jesus in the Dish Room, was published in 2018. Email him at email@example.com
Heather Gain - Director of Communications and Outreach
Heather Gain is the director of communications and outreach. She oversees the church's communications channels including the website, social media, and advertising. She plans community outreach events and manages the church's connection process. Heather, who was formerly a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, first joined the staff in 2010 in a part-time role and then transitioned to a full-time position in December 2020. She and her husband, JR, have two daughters - Lois and Ruby. Heather, who grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, enjoys19th century romance novels, board games and the YouTuber Moriah Elizabeth. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Winkleman - Office Administrator
Anna Winkleman serves as Rooftop’s Office Administrator. She manages the building, assists the Rooftots Children’s Ministry, and keeps things in order. She joined the staff at Rooftop in August 2020. Anna has a degree in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State University and an associate's in paralegal studies. She married her super-tall husband, Alex, in June 2017. They welcomed Abigail, their first child, into their family in December 2019. She also has two cats named Pancakes and Waffles. She likes to crochet, read, and bake sweets. Email her at email@example.com.