Meet Our Staff

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Al Edney, I
Senior Pastor

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Al was born in Natchez, MS and graduated with honors from Alcorn State University with a B.S. in Chemistry/Pre-med in 1988 and a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Howard University in 1993.  He has worked as a chemist and medical educator since 1993. Al accepted his call to ministry in 1997, was licensed to preach in1998 and ordained in 2003 and 2010 by United Theological Seminary and First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, MO respectively.  Al is married to Teresa and together they have kids Albert, Charity and Grace.  Al has a vision to pastor a church that looks like heaven.  And we are implementing that vision at Willott as we Reach and Grow Families with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Brandon McClain
Pastor of Family Life

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Jennifer Sweeney
Children's Ministry Director

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Jennifer Sweeney has been the Children’s Director since August 2012 and enjoys working closely with our little ones age’s birth through 5th grade.  She is also a wife of 6 years and together she and Patrick have five children, aside from being a mom and our Children’s director she also works part time as a medical assistant in a pediatric office.  Over the years she has had the privilege of working in several areas in the church from outreach ministry, women’s ministry, and the youth but her heart always leads her back to our little ones, her vision for the Children’s Ministry is to help our children to know, love and serve Jesus Christ.

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Dee Starks
Kingdom Seeker's Director

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Dee has been serving as the Kingdom Seekers Director since Sept. 2012. She is a leader of a nursing home ministry, she has been involved with feeding the homeless, and also works with at risk kids under the 11th Circuit Court of St. Charles County. Dee is from St. Louis County, and has a teaching degree in the social sciences. Dee is married to Michael, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren, ages 4 and 14. Dee is retired, but has now been given a special calling by our Heavenly Father to reach out and demonstrate his love and mercy to the elderly and our young people. This is a calling which Dee has a great love for.

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Meana Craig
Nursery Director

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Travis Seeger
SOS (Youth/middles) Director

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Travis has been a part of the Student Ministries Program Since 2003, where he has served as an parent sponsor, assistant leader, and Sunday School teacher. He is also involved in our Trustees Ministry now serving as President of our Trustees, and has served for the past 17 years in our A/V Ministry and is currently leading that ministry.  He has been an integral part of the ministries where he serves.

Some of his previous ministry experiences include working with our Childrens Ministry, leading  a painting crew in our mission trip to Mexico that painted homes in a colonial of Reynosa, Mexico.

Travis is from Chesterfield, Missouri and was raised in the church.  He graduated from Parkway Central High and spent a Semester at MIT (Meremac in Town).  He also “grew up” in his fathers heating and cooling business which he now owns and serves as General Manager.

Travis is married to an amazing woman, Star, who is also very involved in church ministries as well as being Willott Christian Academy’s Early Childhood Director.  Their 3 children have attended Willott Christian Academy and are always around lending a helping hand.

Travis feels very strongly about Student Ministries, he knows that reaching our students for Christ NOW is vitally important to their eternal future.  64% of decisions for Christ are made before the age of 18,  (Barna).  Current statistics show only an estimated 4% of GenY will be bible believing Christians when they reach adulthood, compared to parents generation of 35% and grandparents 65%.  We are in a fight for our young peoples souls.  We are SOULED OUT.

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Zina Mathews
AWANA Commander

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Zina Mathews knows The Lord is blessing her life in many ways from her childhood years. At an early age she immediately began reaching out to others working with other youth and her peers to work through difficult situations. Moving into her young adult life she continued her work for The Lord as a Sunday school teacher, youth counselor, and school district volunteer. Moving through life Zina also worked for a major corporation in the position of customer service supervisor, then as a preschool teacher and a volunteer parent conflict resolution assistant in her local high school maintaining a close relationship with the students in all grade levels. All while taking classes to further her education.

After her children all completed high school Zina was granted the opportunity to continue her education full-time at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. In December 2011 she successfully graduated Valedictorian with AAS Hospitality & Tourism. She then took a six month break and is currently pursuing BAS Business Administration with a scheduled graduation in December 2013. In 2012 Zina was introduced to AWANA serving Cubbie Director, and she has gracefully accepted the position of Commander for AWANA.

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Beth Sweeney
Willot Christian Academy Administrator

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Beth was born in St. Louis and has lived in the St. Charles/St. Peters area for the last 41 years.  She has been married to her husband Mark for almost 42 years and they have 3 grown – married children and 9 grandchildren.  She has been a member of Willott Road Community Church for 30 years and has been with WCA for almost 16 years.  She took the position of School Administrator at the end of the 2013 school year.  She is excited to be connected with a school that can say “we are  unashamedly a Christian school -  a school that proclaims the name of Christ.

 

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Melanie Cooper
Church Financial Secretary

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Melanie Cooper was born in the St. Louis area and has been a resident of St. Charles for over 40 years. She has seen many changes to the landscape of this great city and has served in various community businesses over the years including retail, medical and education. She was brought up in a Christian home and attended church on a regular basis. Although at a young age she understood that Jesus died for her sins, she truly became a child of God, knowing Him as not only her Savior but King and Master of her life during a women’s fall retreat in 1993. She has been married to her loving husband, John for over 28 years and has three grown children, Bryan, Matthew and Ashley.

She serves in her church, The Church of St. Charles, as the Lord leads, in an administrative capacity by creating publications such as the weekly bulletin, fliers for events, special event programs, etc. along with organizing and maintaining the benevolence closet, called “The Simple Gifts Closet”.  She also assists her husband in teaching the 5th and 6th grade boys and girls on Wednesday nights and she runs the sound system and overhead slides during worship service.

In 2005, by the grace of God and His infinite wisdom, was called to join the staff at Willott Road Community Church and Christian Academy where she faithfully serves as office manager and maintains the financial book keeping.  Her life scripture verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”

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Mark Sweeney
Custodian/Maintenance

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Mark Sweeney has been a member of Willott Road Community Church for 30 years. He has worked at the church and school in many different capacities over the years and now works as full time as custodian for the church and school. He is excited to have a front row seat to watch God work at Willott.

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