The Pulpit Committee

Andrew Belmont
Andrew works for the family company, Belmont Party Supplies, and is married to Kami. Andrew has previously worked as an intern with Student Ministries, and is currently a D–Group leader.


Celena Dayoub
Celena currently serves as a D–Group leader with the youth at the Kirk and recently started participating as a member of the Adult Nurture Team committee. She loves her K–Group and has been blessed to be part of the Kirk congregation. Celena works at KDS, and is also a full time student studying math.


Bill French – Chairman
Mr. William “Bill” B. French is CEO of French Gerleman Electric Company. Since 1975, Bill has been employed with French Gerleman, a distributor of industrial automation equipment, networking systems, and general electrical supplies. Bill and his wife, Dianne, have two sons, Steve and Mike. Bill has served as a deacon and is currently an elder at The Kirk of the Hills.


Mark Melvin
Mark is a partner in McCann Concrete Products. He graduated from the University of Missouri and earned his MBA from SLU. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 26 years, and they have two children, Billy (age 22) and Catherine (age 19). He has been a member of the Kirk for 13 years and has served as a deacon for three years. He serves as secretary for the deacons and is a member of the property committee.


Kent Needler
After graduating from Covenant Seminary in 2006, Kent worked in the Admissions Office for eight years helping future ministry leaders discern their call to ministry. He thankfully married Susan in 2010 and is usually known around the church as “Susan’s husband”. He now serves as the Director of Communications for the seminary and is an elder at The Kirk, where he has been a part of the adult nurture, global outreach, and congregational care ministry teams.


Carolyn Sklar
Carolyn “Ski” Sklar and her husband Jay have been members of the Kirk since 2001. Ski’s most recent involvement at the Kirk has included a term on the Women’s Council, where she was involved in launching Discipling Relationships for Kirk Women. She also regularly meets with students of Covenant Seminary, where Jay teaches. As President of Sklar & Associates LLC, Ski’s work involves coaching lawyers and other professionals around business strategy and leadership and conducting interventions that address human capital challenges. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with Jay, read business and theology, bake chocolate things, and listening to Snarky Puppy.


Ben Stegmann
Ben has been married to his wife Lacy for almost nine years. They have two children. Ben’s parents, Dan and Krys Stegmann, also attend the Kirk. Ben has served on the board of Promise Christian Academy for the past six years, and is a deacon at the Kirk as well. Ben works in various areas of real estate development and construction.


Charles Waldron
Charles Waldron has been a member of the Kirk for 25 years, and has served as an elder for 24 years. He teaches the Officer Training Class, is a K–Group leader, is a member of the choir, and serves as the Chair of the Children’s Nurture Ministry Team. He also currently serves on the MO Presbytery Credentials Committee and the Theological Examining Committee of the PCA. His profession is Commercial Real Estate. He and his wife, Dianne, have been married 39 years and have four adult children (and three grandchildren): Philip, who is a member at the Kirk, and Carrie, Vance and Adam, who are all married and living in Birmingham.


Carol Wippold
Carol is married to Franz (Jay) Wippold, and this spring celebrating their 38th year anniversary. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. Both Jay and Carol were drawn to the Kirk after their youngest daughter Rebecca began attending Kirk Day School in the 4th grade. Carol graduated from Covenant Seminary, earning her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2008, and began counseling at Wellspring Christian Counseling in 2008 until it closed in 2011. Carol is now in private practice, with offices in the city and West County. Carol has previously been in the choir, was involved in the homebound ministry for several years, taught 3–4 year old Sunday School and helped to form the Discipleship program with the Women’s Council. In her free time, Carol likes to bird watch with Jay, visit her children and grandchildren, and make greeting cards.