• Cole & Ashley Abell // YOUTH MINISTERS

       Pastor Cole & Ashley have grown up in strong youth ministries.  They met at a summer camp as teens & started dating. They married on January 7th, 2017. Cole is from the Alton area and went on to Rhema Bible Training College where he graduated in 2014.  Cole has traveled the world for over 10 years doing Christian hip hop music & speaking engagements for youth groups.  Ashley is from Williamstown KY and is a 2020 graduate of SIUE with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  Cole & Ashley have a big heart to see students lives changed & impacted.  Their goal is to equip our students with the Word of God, to give students a place to come where they can be loved on, & to help students find & develop the gifts that God has placed in them.

  • Mike & Jessica Roethe // CHILDREN'S MINISTERS

       Mike & Jessica have served in ministry for over 12 years.  They have experience in nursery, toddlers, children's church, youth ministry, puppets, clowning, Sunday School, teaching, outreach, plays, worship (Jessica), and ushering/board member (Mike).  Mike & Jessica are following the call of Jesus on their lives to minister to children.  

       "We just want to do what God has called us to do.  God has a plan for everyone, children included.  It is so vital during these formative years that children get grounded in their faith & fall in love with Jesus.  That's what we are here to do; teach then these things & be a role model for how to live a life after God," 

  • Ali fillback // NURSERY DIRECTOR & cafe' manager

       Mrs. Ali, as we all know her, has served WSFC since May of 2002. She came from a family of 12 children, so she's been around children all her life. Ali carries an anointing and presence about her that draw children to her. When she pulls into the parking lot, kids are lined up at the door to greet her. Ali makes the nursery a comfortable environment for the kids as well as the parents. If you're a parent, you never have to worry about your child while you're in the service. Ali treats every child as if they were her own. Ali makes sure the kids in the nursery know who Jesus is, and that he loves them. Ali is also the director for our Higher Grounds cafe'. Keeping the shelves stocked with goodies and the coffee fresh, Ali is a delight to always be around. Ali is married to Greg Fillback, who is one of our head ushers and our church softball & volleyball coach. 

     "We love Him because He first loved us"

         -1 John 4:19 NKJV

  • Lisa talkington // BOOKKEEPER

       Lisa has served on staff for WSFC for over 10 years. You will always see Lisa around the church doing whatever needs to be done. There's nothing too big or too small that Lisa won't tackle. She has a servant's heart & is never too busy to stop and talk. She makes the best sweet tea in the world. Lisa & her husband mark both serve on the media team. 

    One of Lisa's favorite quotes is, "Do what is right, because it is right" and, "make a great day."