Meet The Team

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Chris Perstrope

Lead Pastor

God stirred my heart and my family's heart to begin a new ministry that will reach and influence more people for Christ. We planted Connect Church with this vision in mind; 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 20 years, we have pastored and led worship ministries in Southwest Missouri, South Florida, Northern Indiana and in St. Louis. Rebecca is the Communications Director at Connect and leads our student vocalists on Wednesdays.  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.  They are all growing musicians and actively serve on our Worship and Media Teams.  I am also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Heat fan!  

Contact Pastor Chris at chris@connectchurchstl.com.

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Chris Norman

NextGen Pastor

Christopher Norman "C-Norm"is our NextGen Pastor 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 Birth to College Ministries.  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 .

 

Follow ConnectSTLStudents on Instagram or Connect Church STL Students on Facebook.

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Bryan Menke

Care and Recovery Pastor

Bryan leads and serves as our Care and Recovery Pastor.  He trains and equips our lay counselors and personally specializes in marriage, christian and recovery counseling. He is licensed and ordained as a pastor with over a decade in ministry.

Bryan is also a first responder serving our community as a full-time firefighter.

 

His wife Michele leads our Hand n Hand Pregnancy Center ministry and serves throughout the church alongside their children.  Michele is a registered nurse at Hand n Hand and a faithful member of our church.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Steven Butler

Video Director

Steven and his wife Megan are professional photographers and serve the church weekly by filming and finishing the services each week as well as producing our My Story videos annually.  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 to ensure we share the word in person and online.  

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

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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.  

You can reach Dana at admin@connectchurchstl.com.

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McKayla Norman

NextGen Assistant Director

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 week 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 .

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Rebecca Perstrope

Communication Director 

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 

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Jenn Perez

Little Connectors Director 

Jennifer serves as our Little Connectors Director.  She has a heart for children and has served and led in children's ministry for the last 10+ years.  Jennifer also serves as a youth leader on Wednesday nights and leads the high school girls.  She is also involved in Lay Counseling at Connect.

When not at Connect, Jenn enjoys time with her husband mark and 2 boys Austin and Logan who keep her on her toes.  She also loves her day job cooking and serving at Dave's Diner in Arnold.

You can reach Jenn at JennPerez@connectchurchstl.com.

 

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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.