Staff

Pastoral Staff

Matt Miofsky

Lead Pastor

Ask me about

The church and how it began, my sermons, questions about your faith, mission and vision of the church

My Family

Wife, Jessica, and three kids, Caleb, Carly & George.

I grew up in

Washington, MO

Education

Bachelor’s in mathematics from Wash U in STL, MDiv from Candler Theological Seminary in ATL

Past career

Started right out as an associate pastor, after a few years, was called to start a new church in the city of St. Louis

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Riding my bike or motorcycle on a nice day, spending time with my family & friends, creating timelines and maps, hanging out at local coffee shops

Linda Gastreich

Associate Pastor

Ask Me About

Negotiating life’s challenges and those exciting milestones in life: I offer congregational care, and preparation for baptism, marriage and more.

My family

Husband Kent. We have an adult daughter. We share our home with two cats, Khaleesi and Penny and a quickly-growing Malamute puppy named Juno.

I grew up in

Modale, Iowa. Have you heard of it?

Education

MDiv, Eden Theological Seminary

Past career

Radio Reporter and Producer, Retail Management, Human Resources and Media Relations Consultant

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Cycling, walking, writing, spending time with a wonderful circle of friends

Matt Fulmer

Clayton Site Pastor

Ask Me About

Anything Clayton Site and anything CoreGroups

My family

Just a small Jack Russell named Sandy

I grew up in

A small town called Cabot just outside of Little Rock, AR

Education

B.A. in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, M.A. in Higher Education from Baylor, currently pursuing an M.Div at Eden Theological Seminary

Past career

Residential College Director at Washington University

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Playing sand volleyball, grilling or hanging out with my dog, Sandy

Chris Abel

Webster Site Pastor

Ask Me About

Anything Webster Site and the time I missed my tour bus in Japan (and my stuff in it) and had to run two miles through the streets of Kyoto to catch it…

My family

Raised by a single Mom who taught me what it looks like to never give up

I grew up in

Western Massachusetts! You know, not Boston.

Education

I graduated from an Assemblies of God undergrad with a theology degree and minors in Greek and pre-seminary. Attended grad school at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.. Opposite sides of the theological spectrum and learned a ton from each.

Past career

I worked in marketing for a software company, did freelance web and graphic design, and worked as a Youth Minister for the last 5 years.

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Running in Tower Grove Park, exploring new places to eat in the city, going to shows, and eating copious amounts of froyo.

Yvi Martin

Outreach Pastor

Ask Me About

5 PM Worship at McCausland and ways you can use your gifts to serve and reach out in our mission to our community

My family

Husband, Scott Giffen; son Ezekiel (2)

I grew up in

Arlington, TX

Education

BA in English and Sociology from Greenville College; MTS and MDiv from Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Past career

Consultant – International Trade Administration; Missionary – Beira, Mozambique; Assistant to CIO at Husch Blackwell; Foundation Administrator at Children’s Hope International; Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

At one of the many amazing parks in St. Louis with my son. Eating any sort of frozen dairy dessert. Learning to garden. Hanging out with my sister, Stella, and her baby girl!

Administrative Staff

Rebecca Bergson

Executive Director of Operations

Ask Me About

Finances of the church, giving to the church, policies and procedures, or anything else related to the operations of the church

My family

Husband Mac, Paul (3) (aka Small Paul), and Sam (1)

I grew up in

McLean, VA (northern Virginia outside of Washington DC) but Austin, TX is my happy place

Education

BS, Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and MIS from University of Virginia and MA, Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis

Past career

Project management in engineering at Dell, a little bit of everything at The Mountain Institute, grant administration at UNC-Chapel Hill, fundraising at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Cooking, chasing after Small Paul, exploring parks around the city, learning how to use my camera

Molly Flanagan

Administrative Assistant

Ask Me About

All things office related

My family

I grew up with my mom, dad and brother in good ol’ Waterloo, Illinois. I now live with two roommates, who are also my best friends!

I grew up in

Waterloo, Illinois

Education

BA in Public Relations from Webster University

Past career

Communications, PR, and graphic design

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Spending time with my best friends, reading theology, writing, drinking coffee, discovering all of St. Louis’ hidden gems, going to shows, or watching Netflix on my couch with my two roomies. Oh! Or tending to my garden!

 

Denee Menghini

Communication Coordinator

Ask Me About

Church communications, website, social media, newsletter, handout, graphic design, copywriting, photography, video

My family

One brother Ben, who doubles as my roommate

I grew up in

Hillsboro, Illinois

Education

Bachelor’s in Communication and Religion from Greenville College

Past career

Director at AgapeFest, and full-time student

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Knitting or crocheting, tinkering with my sewing machine, reading, watching too much Netflix, or occasionally playing golf


Stu Faris

Facilities Manager

Ask Me About

Maintenance of sites, anything facilities or grounds related, running sound for worship and any tech related questions

My family

My wife and so much more Meg, daughter Delia, son Grady, dogs Clipper and Woody, and our chickens Carla, Skylar, Ruby and Penny

I grew up in

Cape Girardeua, MO

Education

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Master Recording Programs 1 & 2

Past career

Sales, production, electrical, power distribution, maintenance, and engineering for 10+ years

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Fishing, camping, drumming, playing and recording music, checking out Cardinals baseball, creating and building things, skateboarding, and doing all of these and so much more with my wonderful family

Ministry Staff

Ryan Hebel

Worship Director

Ask Me About

Serving in worship, worship planning, playing in a band, audio/visual, creative arts, graphic design, photography, songwriting, recording, innovative worship & ministry ideas, leadership opportunities.

My family

Lauren my amazing wife, Macie my precious daughter, Bailey my Redbone Coonhound

I grew up in

Saint Louis

Education

Belmont University – Nashville, TN

Past career

Music, Student Ministry, Leading Worship, YoungLife College Leader @ University of Colorado, Boulder.

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Following Cardinal Baseball & BU Basketball, Riding my motorcycle, hanging out with my family, listening to and playing music, enjoying STL, finding new adventures & pursuing my God with everything I’ve got.

Meagan Sinn

Connections Coordinator

Ask Me About

Coffee with Matt, membership, serving in the church

My Family

I’m an only child, but I have 22 first cousins!

I grew up in

Columbia, MO (M-I-Z!!!)

Education

Undergrad from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

Past Career

Accounting

When I am not at The Gathering, I can be found

At a Cardinals game, catching up on TV, eating out with friends, planning trips I may never take, or running!

Dave Merrill

College-Age Ministry Director

Ask Me About

Getting involved with the 18-24 years old population of The Gathering. There are opportunities to get involved through: CoreGroups, Service, Mentoring, Leadership, Logistics and Connecting with the college-age people of The Gathering on Sunday mornings.

My family

Wife, Kara Merrill. Son, Eden Merrill: born on April 1, 2013. Java Merrill: Our German short-haired pointer: She’s 3 years old.

I grew up in

O’Fallon, IL

Education

B.S. Business Administration (Marketing) – Southeast Missouri State University; M.A. Christian Leadership – Asbury Theological Seminary

Past career

Director of Recreation Ministry at The Woodlands UMC, Account Manager at SA Services, LLC – Marketer of bulk commodities (i.e. I sold acid…sulfuric acid to copper mines in Arizona)

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Spending time with my beautiful family! Watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy while cleaning the house, playing any sport/game I can get my hands on, wrestling with my dog and playing hide-n-go seek with her at the dog park, dreaming about how to make various things more efficient and organized.

Neil Ostercamp

Worship Coordinator

Ask Me About

Anything related to the Clayton worship experience specifically worship band, audio/visual team, worship design, songwriting, and leadership opportunities

My family

Whitney my awesome wife

I grew up in

Columbia, MO

Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Missouri (2006, 2008), Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with a Cognate in Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Dec. 2014)

Past Career

Teacher and Worship Leader, currently I also work as an adjunct professor of music for McKendree University and Jefferson College

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

In the kitchen or hanging out with my family and friends

Greg Robins

Discipleship Director

Ask Me About

Joining or leading a CoreGroup, general CoreGroup questions, adult discipleship

My family

I have one son, Matt, who is 28 years old and lives in Austin, Texas.

I grew up in

Was born on Long Island, but moved to Southern California when I was 16 and lived there until recently.

Education

Studied Business Management at the University of Southern California

Past career

Before moving into ministry 12 years ago, I worked in sales management positions with Samsung and Toshiba.

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Playing tennis, cycling and reading.

Ministry Staff: Kids & Family

Audrey Davis

Student Ministry Coordinator

Ask Me About

Serving with the students at The Gathering (grades 5th-12th)

My family

Fiance: Justin Nemeth and dog: Hutch 10 yrs old

I grew up in

St. Louis

Education

Masters in Deaf Education

Past career

Current career: teacher of the deaf

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Pinteresting, traveling or reading.

Brittani Allen

Clayton Family Ministry Coordinator

Ask Me About

Leading a kids’ small group or helping with Family Ministry Check-In at the Clayton Site

My family

Husband, Jeff, & two cats

I grew up in

Pawnee, IL

Education

Attend Millikin University, working on degree in Early Childhood Education

Past career

Currently also work as hairstylist, previously worked as Early Childhood Coordinator at Christ United Methodist Church

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Cooking, decorating our home, traveling, and spending time with Jeff on our motorcycle

Jan Bertolini

Kids’ Ministry Coordinator

Ask Me About

1st-4th in the home, HomeFront weekly, traditions of our CoreGroup, worship stations, FX Experiences.

My family

I have a daughter, Ashleigh, who is 22 and attends SEMO, and a stepson, Tony, who is 24 and is in the Air Force stationed in Tacoma, WA.

I grew up in

Peoria, IL and Trivoli, IL

Education

I have an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Dental Hygiene, and an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Child Development

Past career

Currently still working P/T as a Registered Dental Hygienist and have been working in that profession for over 22 years.

When I’m not at The Gathering, I can be found

Reading, training at the gym, spending time with friends, visiting an assisted living center with my dog, or if I am very very lucky, at the beach!