Leadership

Darren Casper // Director

Growing up in a small town of deep Southern Illinois, Darren and his Boomer Sooner wife Kelli of Oklahoma have been married twenty-one years and have lived in the St. Louis area for that entire time.  They planted their first church in the early 90’s and served there for thirteen enjoyable years.  He has personally been involved in missions and church planting in ten different countries throughout the world and he and Kelli are now leading their second church plant in St. Louis in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.  Kelli is currently an Assistant Principal with St. Louis Public Schools at Roosevelt High.  They have two high school sons, Jordan and Zac.  Darren is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.   Apart from his love for Christ, God’s church, and his family, Darren enjoys college sports and watching Indy Cars at 220 mph!

Jason Zellmer // Associate Executive Director

Jason is a native of St. Charles, MO but spent most of his childhood years living in Texas and Oklahoma while his father pastored two SBC churches. After moving back to Missouri in 2000, Jason met his wife Heather and asked her to marry him 3 weeks later. Within 5 years their baby making factory produced 4 rambunctious kids. He’s still trying to catch up on lost sleep. In 2005 he planted Matthias’ Lot Church with his long-time friend Marc Sikma. Four years later he planted Peine Ridge Church. In addition to church planting, Jason is the founder of Saint Louis FamilyCamp and serves on the board of directors for Westgate Christian Academy. He also serves on staff with Darren Casper at the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association. Jason is a graduate of Lindenwood University and is continuing his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Outside of loving Jesus and leading his family, Jason’s enjoys running, reading, riding dual-sport dirt bikes and hunting with his boys.