Tower Grove Lead Pastor
“I dream of a church where the name and fame of Jesus is what we pray for and pursue, rest in and rejoice over, and that we want Him to be made much of – more than our name.”
– Curtis Gilbert, Senior Pastor
Our vision is to see our city awakened to and transformed by the love of Jesus.
Beauty & Brokenness
We’re the Gateway to the West. The home of beloved sports teams. The city of beautiful, expansive parks, enriching and accessible museums, vibrant theatre venues, and diverse dining experiences.
We’re one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. – a heartbreaking reality that made national headlines in 2014 with the death of Michael Brown and the riots in Ferguson.
We attract leading innovators, artists and creatives, doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs who push our city forward in science and technology, business, medicine, performing arts, education, and more. The economic disparity of our city is abrasively apparent at the Delmar Divide – where one street alone (Delmar Boulevard) separates the wealthy from the impoverished.
We’re a city made up of multiple, distinct neighborhoods – each brimming with flavor, culture, and history. Ours is a city of diversity. But it is also a city of dichotomy. Beneath its surface, St. Louis has roots steeped in racial, economic, and political division.
St. Louis sits squarely in the tension of division and development. But when we consider our surroundings, we see a place ripe for restoration and redemption. A metropolis at the cusp of change. We believe in the transforming work of our God to use His church to uproot the tangled web of division and disunity and plant seeds of healing and hope.
The Journey is one church with five locations across the St. Louis metro region. From Belleville to Ballwin, our churches are committed to embodying love to those within the neighborhoods and communities where we are planted.
Our church has a story, and we see ourselves as a place for flawed, imperfect people, who show up not because we have it all together, but because we desperately need Jesus. On paper, it makes no sense. Our churches reflect a wide array of communities, ages, backgrounds, traditions, political viewpoints, and life stages.
But God has called us together as one church – using our individual, unique stories in unifying force – across a city fractured by racial and economic disparity to offer our hands and our feet, our minds and our hearts to our God, saying, “Here we are! Use us!” for His glory and for the good of our beloved city.