Jeff Purvis grew up in South St. Louis city and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1974. While attending Missouri Baptist University in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Jeff served as the Minister of Youth & Recreation at Tower Grove Baptist Church, his home church. He then moved to Houston, Texas in 1978 to attend Southwestern Theological Seminary. Jeff is in his 41st year in the ministry and has served as an Associate Pastor in Lakeland, FL, Columbia, MD, Kearney, MO, as well as a Senior Pastor at Westport Community Church in St. Louis County and since March of 2007, he has been our Senior Pastor. Jeff has led several mission trips to Matamoros, Mexico and has a heart for evangelism and missions. He desires to preach and teach God’s Word in such a way that you understand God’s Word, believe God’s Word and have a desire to live out God’s Word. Jeff is a diehard sports fan, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey. He has served on several different committees and boards on the local, state and national levels within the Southern Baptist Convention. Jeff and Lucy have been married since 1990 and have three children – Noah, Madelynn and Jonah.
After spending over a decade in the United States military Roger answered the call to ministry here at first Baptist Church Herculaneum Pevely in July 2015. His job as associate pastor allows him to combine his skills of leading and training with his passion for helping kids and teens grow closer to Christ and to their families. Roger’s wife Kerry is a loving and encouraging friend and mother. Together Roger and Kerry have two kids: Emma and Denver. When not working, he enjoys spending his time with friends and family.