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Meet the New Guy

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Our newest pastor, Jacob Prahlow, will deliver his first message at Rooftop this Sunday. He's a swell guy with lots of talent and gifts. The Elder Team hired him because we needed help serving the growing number of people at Rooftop. They also wanted to begin planning for the future.

Jacob will do many things, but will primarily oversee our Connections ministry (allowing Pastor Jeremy Zilkie to focus on other responsibilities).  Jacob will also spend the next several years developing a vision and plan to start another church in the St. Louis region.

We hope you will take time soon to meet and talk with Jacob and his wife, Hayley. Until then, here's 20 questions we asked Jacob so you can get to know him better:

Where were you born?
High Point, North Carolina

Where did you graduate high school?
Galien, Michigan

Where does your immediate family live now?
Parents and two siblings live in Lawton, Michigan; one brother and sister-in-law in Tallahassee, Florida; one brother and sister-in-law in Redding, California 

What was your favorite childhood Christmas present and why?
One year I got a Kenner electronic Millennium Falcon toy that was the best. Had some great memories playing Star Wars with my siblings using that.

What Saturday morning cartoon did you always watch?
Maybe not on Saturday mornings, but The Magic School Bus was a favorite.

What was your favorite subject in school?
History. Always enjoyed learning about the past. 

Where did you get your undergrad degree and why?
Valparaiso University (Indiana). They had a great theology department, my extended family lived in Valpo, and (quite honestly) the scholarship was tough to turn down. 

How did you meet your wife?
Hayley and I met at a youth group while in middle school. Our relationship really began during a mission trip to Winston-Salem, NC. 

What’s your favorite thing about being a dad?
Tie between the snuggles and helping Bree develop her love of reading. 

What is something that your daughter, Bree, does that always makes you laugh?
Recently she’s been having Hayley and I join her in “how low can you go” where she slightly bends her knees and shakes back and forth. It’s absolutely precious. 

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
While in Mexico I tried an ice cream called “Chamo Mango” that tasted like mango at first but then had a chili pepper aftertaste that was very unique for ice cream. 8/10, would try again.

Who are your favorite sports team?
I’m a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Family time and baseball often go together for the Prahlows.

Who is your favorite fiction writer?
Paul L. Maier. His book, A Skeleton in God’s Closet, definitely piqued my interest in theology and serving the Church.

What is one thing you want people to know about you?
I enjoy traveling and have been to 45 states and 14 countries.

What is your favorite movie?
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy. We watch it every Thanksgiving and quote it all year long.

What kinds of jobs have you worked outside ministry?
I’ve owned a lawn care company, cooked for a mom-and-pop pizza place, worked as a handyman, and put myself through college selling antiques and books on eBay.

Why do you believe God called you into ministry?
I believe God has given me particular gifts and a personal mission to serve the Church and further His kingdom. I’ve tried to work in a variety of areas, but God has keep pointing me back to equipping the saints.

Do you have any irrational fears? What are they?
Fear of heights. I used to not go up slides that were shorter than I am now. 

How would you describe your fashion style?
Casual #dadlife. 

Why did you choose to come to Rooftop?
The welcoming community, commitment to “mere Christianity,” and mission to make disciples who make disciples are all really exciting to us. I’m also very excited to serve alongside some awesome people as we move forward on the vision of planting a church.