Dr. Perstrope joined the First Baptist Church staff as Senior Pastor in June 2012. He grew up south of St. Louis in Arnold, Missouri. Buddy has served as a Senior Pastor for over 15 years in growing churches in Mississippi and Georgia. He also served as a Children’s Minister for five years, including three years at FBC of Arnold. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Buddy and Juli met at church and were married in 1993. Juli’s father, James Plymale, is the Director of Missions in Franklin County. Buddy loves being a husband and dad, a pastor, and passionate preacher. Juli loves ministering to her family as a homemaker and serving in ministry alongside Buddy. They have four boys: Luke, Joel, Micah and Joshua - who like to laugh a lot, play music & sports, and be involved in missions and ministry.
Jerry has served at First Baptist Church since September of 2000. He is a native to St. Louis and has been the senior pastor of three churches in Missouri prior to joining the staff at First Baptist. He has a God-given passion for Church growth and reaching lost people. He and his wife, Pam met at Central Baptist College in Conway, AR where they are both graduates. He has done graduate work at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Pam is a teacher in the Fort Zumwalt School district at DuBray Middle School. They are actively involved in the community and love the people of St. Charles. Their three children, Brooke, Drew and Taylor lead active lives, also being involved in church, sports and school.