Meet The Team

Chris Perstrope

Lead Pastor

God began stirring my heart and my family's heart to begin a new ministry that will reach and influence more people for Christ. We believe God is leading us to plant a church as we want to see new believers and disciples made in Fenton and the surrounding area. 

 

My wife, Rebecca and I grew up in the St. Louis area. For the past 15 years, we have pastored and led worship ministries in Southwest Missouri, South Florida, Northern Indiana and in St. Louis. Rebecca is the Connect Kids Director which includes the K thru 5th graders at Connect Church.  We are excited to see what God does through our church and look forward to connecting with new people.  

 

We have 4 beautiful kids - Tyler, Chloe, Ellie & Mya.

I am also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Heat fan!  

Contact Pastor Chris at chris@connectchurchstl.com.

Contact Connect Kids Director, Rebecca Perstrope at Rebecca@connectchurchstl.com.

Bryan Brown

Discipleship Pastor

Bryan is our Discipleship Pastor and leads our small groups, Family Night on Wednesdays,  and our Celebrate Recovery Ministry on Tuesday evenings.  Bryan is also one of our lay counselors specializing in marriage counseling, christian counseling and recovery counseling areas. 

 

He is licensed and ordained as a pastor and previously served at Harmony Baptist and First Baptist Church Arnold. 

Bryan, his wife Christi and their two sons Colby and Gabe live in Imperial, MO.  And we can't overlook Bryan's mom, 'Betty Mom'.  Bryan is known for his Kentucky accent, the word "Awesome" and his contagious optimism and faith.

You can reach Bryan at: 

bryanbrown@connectchurchstl.com.

Bryan Menke

Care Pastor

Bryan leads our Disaster Relief and Care Ministries.  Bryan is also a full time firefighter.  Bryan's wife Michele leads the Connect Church cleaning crew and our Hand n Hand Pregnancy Center ministry areas.  Michele is a registered nurse at Hand n Hand.  

You can contact Pastor Bryan at bryan@connectchurchstl.com or by phone at 636.492.1605.

Tim McGill

Elder & Treasurer

Tim and his wife Sheree are a founding family of the church. They are parents to Rebecca (married to Chris Perstrope with 4 kids and Connect Kids Director), Megan (married to Steven Butler with 4 boys and serving as Connect Church Video Ministry Leads) and Amy (married to Adam Reinking with 3 kids, currently serving as missionaries in Prague.). 

 

Many people recognize Tim as a gifted greeter, he remembers nearly everyone's name even as the church continues to grow.  Tim and Sheree have actively led and served both our greeting and hospitality areas since the church was founded.

 

Tim is an Accountant by trade and has served as elder and treasurer since the church was founded. 

If you have questions for Tim, you can reach him at TimMcGill@sbcglobal.net.

Matt Boyd

Elder

Matt and his wife Amanda have faithfully assisted in establishing the church from our early days of set up and tear down to our present day location at 1779 Springdale.  They have served in almost every volunteer role  at the church.  Matt is also passionate about baseball and woodworking, you can see his craft in the cross displayed prominently above the baptismal. Matt continues to serve as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam.  

Matt and Amanda have 3 children; Parker, Hayden and Mattie.  They also have a new pup over the last year, a labradoodle named Easton.  

You can reach Matt at mwboyd@ymail.com

Andy Laupp

Elder

Andy and his wife Megan are a founding family of the church. They have a heart for children and have led and served in children's ministry since the church was founded.  Andy serves as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam. 

Andy and Megan have two children; Sam and Mia.  You will see all of the Laupp's at church on Wednesday's this fall for Family Night as well as on rotation Sunday in Children's Ministry.

Contact Andy at vaethos1@gmail.com.

Chris Douglas

Resident Missionary

Chris and his wife, Tayra, lead our Ghana and OASIS ministry areas.  Connect Church and the Douglas Family are partnered to provide fresh water and resources to the village where three of their adopted children lived in Ghana.  Chris works full time as a missionary for OASIS International serving refugees in the greater St. Louis area (www.oasis4refugees.org).

 

You can find Chris at church on both Sundays and Wednesdays. 4 of their 5 children participate in the student band each week; McKenzie on vocals, Christopher on lead guitar, Akwasi on drums, Abigail on acoustic guitar and Yaw is always around somewhere bringing smiles to staff and visitors.

You can contact Pastor Chris at chrisdouglas@connectchurchstl.com 

Steven Butler

Video Director

Steven and his wife Megan are professional photographers and serve the church weekly by filming and finishing the 9:45 service each week as well as Family Night on Wednesdays.  Megan sings on our worship team and plays the ukulele. 

 

Steven has advanced our online live and camera offerings to include broadcast to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other platforms as needed with multiple cameras to ensure an effective online experience.

Steven and Megan have 4 boys and a full time photography business.  You can find them at https://www.smb-studios.com or contact Steven directly at steven@connectchurchstl.com

Dana Weigel

Administrative Director

Dana oversees many aspects of our planning and operations.  If you have any questions regarding facility maintenance, building projects, scheduling, volunteering or any other topic you aren't quite sure where to ask, she can help. Dana also serves on the personnel and finance subteams and other areas and activities as needed.

You can find Dana at church on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and occasionally other days throughout the week.  She attends with her husband Chad, and their two children Emily and Jacob.  Emily is one of our youth leaders and leads worship with the student band.  Jacob serves as our ace on bass and can be seen in the media booth on occasion lending a hand.  

You can reach Dana at admin@connectchurchstl.com.

Kristin Spears

Little Connectors Director

Kristin leads our children's program for Infants thru Pre-K.  In this role Kristin schedules and leads a team of volunteers in providing a Christ-centered environment and curriculum for Little Connectors during service each Sunday.  Kristin and her husband Paul have a heart for children and also lead our Safe Families ministry.  Kristin and Paul serve as a host family for the organization providing care for vulnerable children.  You can find out more at www.safe-families.org.

You can contact Kristin at Kristin@connectchurchstl.com.

Amber Sherman

Connect Kids Director

Amber leads our children's program for kindergarten thru 5th grade.  In this role, Amber schedules and leads a team of volunteers in providing a Chris-centered environment and curriculum for Little Connectors during service each Sunday.  Amber is a creative, loving and caring teacher with years of experience. 

 

You can contact Amber at ambersherman@connectchurchstl.com

Rebecca Perstrope

Communications 

Rebecca serves as our lead communications director to ensure the entire Connect community remains informed and engaged.  In this role, Rebecca provides a weekly enews, creates our weekend rundown content and coordinates across the various ministries to develop effective sharing and communication.  

Rebecca works closely with our video team and administrative staff to craft the information you see across various platforms both online and in person.

You can contact Rebecca at rperstrope@gmail.com 

Tim McGill

Elder & Treasurer

Tim and his wife Sheree are a founding family of the church. They are parents to Rebecca (married to Chris Perstrope with 4 kids and Connect Kids Director), Megan (married to Steven Butler with 4 boys and serving as Connect Church Video Ministry Leads) and Amy (married to Adam Reinking with 3 kids, currently serving as missionaries in Prague.). 

 

Many people recognize Tim as a gifted greeter, he remembers nearly everyone's name even as the church continues to grow.  Tim and Sheree have actively led and served both our greeting and hospitality areas since the church was founded.

 

Tim is an Accountant by trade and has served as elder and treasurer since the church was founded. 

If you have questions for Tim, you can reach him at TimMcGill@sbcglobal.net.

Matt Boyd

Elder

Matt and his wife Amanda have faithfully assisted in establishing the church from our early days of set up and tear down to our present day location at 1779 Springdale.  They have served in almost every volunteer role  at the church.  Matt is also passionate about baseball and woodworking, you can see his craft in the cross displayed prominently above the baptismal. Matt continues to serve as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam.  

Matt and Amanda have 3 children; Parker, Hayden and Mattie.  They also have a new pup over the last year, a labradoodle named Easton.  

You can reach Matt at mwboyd@ymail.com

Andy Laupp

Elder

Andy and his wife Megan are a founding family of the church. They have a heart for children and have led and served in children's ministry since the church was founded.  Andy serves as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam. 

Andy and Megan have two children; Sam and Mia.  You will see all of the Laupp's at church on Wednesday's this fall for Family Night as well as on rotation Sunday in Children's Ministry.

Contact Andy at vaethos1@gmail.com.

Chris Norman

Youth Minister

Christopher Norman "C-Norm"is our Student Minister at Connect Church.  He grew up in the Arnold/Imperial area and enjoys playing sports and outdoor activities.  He has served as an intern at Crosspoint Church STL and served as the Young Adult Associate at the Ridge.

 

Chris leads our youth and career/college aged ministries.  The youth meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm.  Both youth and career/college aged young adults have groups that meet Sunday.  His heart is for the emerging generations as he looks to equip, affirm, support and love the students as they grow in Christ.

If you have questions for Chris, you can reach him at chrisnorman@connectchurchstl.com .

 

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Ronnie Langford

Recovery Minister

Ronnie is our Outreach Minister, his role consists of assisting Bryan Brown in leading our Celebrate Recovery Program, sponsoring recovering addicts, writing and performing Christian Hip-Hop music, and pursuing outreach in our community.  Ronnie also oversees the "Connect Further" mentoring program for prison inmates.

You can find Ronnie in the front row of every service on Sunday or greeting in the lobby.  He is also available on Tuesdays for Celebrate Recovery.

 

You can reach him by email at ronnie@connectchurchstl.com .

 

McKayla Norman

Administrative Assistant

McKayla joined our church team in 2019 to serve in our student ministries and most recently in 2020 as our Administrative Assistant.  She is a faithful believer and leads our Student Ministry alongside her husband, Chris.  

McKayla manages our day to day administrative operations from developing print materials in coordination with our staff to sending out new guest letters and a whole lot of tasks in between. 

 

In addition, McKayla has a heart for students and meets throughout the weekly with our 6th-12th grade young ladies to minister and do life alongside them.  According to one of her disciples/students, McKayla is 'fierce' in her faith.  We can attest to that and are so grateful for her heart to serve here at Connect.

 

If you have questions for McKayla, you can reach her at mckaylanorman@connectchurchstl.com .

 

Tim McGill

Elder & Treasurer

Tim and his wife Sheree are a founding family of the church. They are parents to Rebecca (married to Chris Perstrope with 4 kids and Connect Kids Director), Megan (married to Steven Butler with 4 boys and serving as Connect Church Video Ministry Leads) and Amy (married to Adam Reinking with 3 kids, currently serving as missionaries in Prague.). 

 

Many people recognize Tim as a gifted greeter, he remembers nearly everyone's name even as the church continues to grow.  Tim and Sheree have actively led and served both our greeting and hospitality areas since the church was founded.

 

Tim is an Accountant by trade and has served as elder and treasurer since the church was founded. 

If you have questions for Tim, you can reach him at TimMcGill@sbcglobal.net.

Matt Boyd

Elder

Matt and his wife Amanda have faithfully assisted in establishing the church from our early days of set up and tear down to our present day location at 1779 Springdale.  They have served in almost every volunteer role  at the church.  Matt is also passionate about baseball and woodworking, you can see his craft in the cross displayed prominently above the baptismal. Matt continues to serve as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam.  

Matt and Amanda have 3 children; Parker, Hayden and Mattie.  

You can reach Matt at mwboyd@ymail.com

Andy Laupp

Elder

Andy and his wife Megan are a founding family of the church. They have a heart for children and have led and served in children's ministry since the church was founded.  Andy serves as an elder and member of the finance and personnel subteam. 

Andy and Megan have two children; Sam and Mia.  You will see all of the Laupp's at church on Wednesday's this fall for Family Night as well as on rotation Sunday in Children's Ministry.

Contact Andy at vaethos1@gmail.com.

Kevin Frost

Maintenance Director

Kevin and his family have been with the team since the founding of Connect Church.  Kevin spearheaded a number of projects to prepare the building for our official launch and has selflessly served since then to ensure we have a safe, secure environment to worship in each week.  Kevin also serves on our greeting and parking team.

You can reach Kevin at maintenance@connectchurchstl.com.

Austin Carey

Outreach Minister

Austin serves in an outreach ministry role, his role consists of assisting Bryan Brown in leading our Celebrate Recovery Program, sponsoring recovering addicts, writing and performing Christian Hip-Hop music, and pursuing outreach in our community.  

You can find Austin joyfully praising in every service either in the worship center or in the gym.  He is also available on Tuesdays at Celebrate Recovery.

 

You can reach him by email at austincarey@connectchurchstl.com .

 

Peyton Kostich

Media Director

Peyton is our Media Director at Connect Church.  She is well versed in all aspects of sound and media production from years of service at Rickman Auditorium and training under Jeremy Duren for several years. Peyton is currently attending St. Louis Community College virtually.  

Peyton has been instrumental in training our next generation of media crew members and continuously improves our in house and online sound and media production.  

You can reach Peyton at peytonkostich@connectchurchstl.com 

 

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