As a brand-new church, Rooftop would take its service into a park on Easter. 

As a brand-new church, Rooftop would take its service into a park on Easter. 

The Story of Rooftop

In the mid-1990′s, God gave Matt Herndon a dream.

Matt had enjoyed the fruits of a successful campus ministry in Kirksville, Missouri. People heard and believed the Gospel. Lives were changed. The teaching was both challenging and practical. The worship was passionate and exciting. The atmosphere was authentic. People experienced God and He was glorfied. And Matt was convinced that his hometown of St. Louis needed a church like this.

One of the first Rooftop baptisms - Eric Bergmann - was submerged in a tub on the back of a truck during an outdoor service,

One of the first Rooftop baptisms - Eric Bergmann - was submerged in a tub on the back of a truck during an outdoor service,

In the winter of 1998, Matt and his wife, Michele, moved to Austin, Texas, for a year long church-planting internship though ELI Church Planting. They returned to St. Louis in the spring of 2000 to find a group of people ready to jump in.

They built a core group of believers.

Friends and family also signed onto Matt’s dream. Finally, on April 15, 2001, Rooftop launched with its first Sunday morning service at the Richmond Heights Community Center.

Rooftop continued to grow at the Heights for several years. Additional staff was hired. Small groups filled up as people shared their lives with others outside of the Sunday service. Ministries were formed to meet growing need. But space was tight. So Rooftop bought a building in the summer of 2005 about 5 miles down the road in Affton. On September 11, 2005, Rooftop held its first service in its newly renovated building.

In Affton, Rooftop found a place to dig deeper, plant roots and grow in maturity as a church.

God has been faithful, merciful, generous and loving. Again we’ve outgrown our space. We continue to look to Him for the next chapter in our story. Ultimately He will be the one to provide us a rooftop from which to shout the message of His love to the people of St. Louis and the rest of the world.