Tower Grove May Newsletter

By Tower Grove on May 1st, 2018


Tower Grove Family,

Thank you to all who were able to attend our congregational meeting. It was a wonderful time to hear from Pastor Jeremy, Pastor Curtis, and Pastor Tim about the adjustments we are making as one church in many locations to live out our vision of seeing our city awakened to and transformed by the love of Jesus. These are welcome changes to enable our church to more fully enjoy grace, embody love, and engage culture.

We also welcome new additions to The Journey Tower Grove staff. First, we have hired Elder William Davie to be a part-time shepherding pastor. He will serve to pastor our church in encouragement and prayer at each of the weekend services. Second, we have hired church member, Linda Lipa, as our Church Administrator. She will be our first point of contact at the offices and the face that greets and connects those who come to our offices. Third, we have hired Andrew Jones as our Serving and Operations Coordinator. He will serve to oversee our serving culture and meet the operational needs of the church facilities. Beginning this month with Andrew, we will begin to highlight each of these individuals over the next couple of months. Please welcome them to our staff! 

Lastly, I specifically want to thank you all for the continued encouragement that you have given to our staff and elders during this time. We know adjustments can be difficult. Without your prayers and encouragement, we could not move to becoming the church God is calling us to be. So, thank you for not just loving the church, but being the church! 

Pastor John 

What is your job outside of the church?
I am a stay-at-home mom and foster parent to six kids – 9, 7, 5, 4, 4, and 20 months. Four of them are either home-schooled or with me all day.

Tell me something about your family.
I am the oldest of 6 children, from the same parents, over the span of 17 1/2 years!  

How did you start serving at Tower Grove?
When my husband and I first started coming to The Journey, we originally served in Journey Kids on Sunday mornings. Once we started taking foster placements, Sunday became a day of parent visits and just the task of getting everyone out of the door to go to service was a miracle. I wanted to be able to serve at church but felt very constricted during normal Sunday hours. I began serving again on Tuesday nights before and after women's Bible study by picking up orders from Sam's Club and running things to and from various Tower Grove buildings. One day in the sanctuary, my OCD kicked in, and I asked if there was a method to how the Bibles were arranged. I then began organizing seatbacks, clearing out the lost and found, and keeping track of a few things that needed to be restocked in the sanctuary. 

How has serving in this role grown you?
When I work alone, it is a great joy to me that everything stays nice and neat. I've recently started bringing my kids with me to "help" organize the sanctuary. So offering envelopes may no longer face the same direction, but I don't mind, because I get to see the joy that my kids have as they race about putting one Bible to every two chairs, making sure each seatback has pens, notecards, and envelopes and that trash gets picked up off the floor. God is growing me to see the beautiful mess we are all in and to let go of control when the outcome is not how I think it should be. 

What would you like people to know about serving in this role?
Serving in this capacity has really opened my eyes to the scope of roles and needs that there are to fill at The Journey. There are so many pieces that come together during the week to make service happen. When you are serving God in a role that He created you for, doing that task will be life-giving! There is absolutely joyful rest waiting for you! Doing a Spiritual Gifts Assessment and talking about it with one of the leaders at church helped me find that place.

Last month, Andrew Jones joined our Tower Grove staff as Serving and Operations Coordinator. His role involves helping people at Tower Grove understand how their God-given design intersects with their Bible-centered call to serve – and how that can be realized in the context of our local church.

Additionally, he facilitates many day-to-day operations at Tower Grove, including managing the church campus calendar and overseeing the use of resources and facilities.

Prior to joining our staff, Andrew worked with Campus Outreach at Troy University, the University of Houston, and Samford University for five years, followed by three years of service as the Director of Ministries at King’s Chapel Presbyterian Church in Carrollton, Georgia.

Andrew and his wife Emalee married in 2010 – having both met and graduated from Troy University. They have a son named Crosby, who is 5 years old, and a daughter named Eisley, who is 2 years old. 

Brookside, Alabama

Favorite Food:
BBQ, Asian, and meat & 3’s type of places

Favorite Sports Team:
Roll Tide!

The Last Book(s) You've Read:

  • A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer by Rusty Rustenbach

  • Waking the Dead by John Eldredge

Place You've Never Been, but Would Like to Visit:


May 16, 7 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
At The Journey Hanley Road

The Journey welcomes St. Louis native and inspirational speaker John O’Leary to share his remarkable story of faith and survival after a fire accident as a child – an explosion that burned 100% of his body. Today, he is passionate about challenging others to live an inspired life! The first 200 attendees through the door will receive a free copy of John’s book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.


Serving Celebration
Sunday, May 20, 5-7:30 p.m.

For all those who serve in various capacities at Tower Grove, we want to thank and celebrate YOU on May 20! Mark your calendars and plan to join us for food and fun as we celebrate another great year of service with and for our community.