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Scott Hickox

Lead Pastor

Why are you at The Journey?
After 15 years in Kansas City, God called us away from our home and our comfort to come to The Journey in St. Louis. We cannot even fully explain it, but are absolutely convinced this is where He wants us to be. We love The Journey's heart to preach the gospel, both to those who don't yet know Jesus, as well as those who have known him for years.

What do you love about St. Louis?
We love the diversity of neighborhoods and communities here; each with their distinct personalities, restaurants, and shops. Not to mention the parks, the zoo, and the Cardinals.


Aaron Layton

Why are you at The Journey?
We are at The Journey because God has called us to serve and help prepare The Journey for where he is leading it.

What do you love about St. Louis?
I love St. Louis because it is home for me and my family. Most of my meaningful life experiences happened here. The city is part of who I am. The city has a rich history and I have memories for just about every major St. Louis attraction. I love "The Lou", its my city!


Brent Thies


Greg Heckenberg


Jon Hessel

Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Why are you at The Journey?
Before coming on staff, my wife and I came to The Journey because we believed in the mission of the church and loved the gospel-centered, practical teaching of Pastor Darrin. When I had the chance to go be a part of what God was doing through The Journey as a staff member, then pastor, it was a no brainer. The Journey is home for us, and we are excited to be a part of what God is doing in St. Louis, and more specifically West County.

What do you love about St. Louis?
Having a young family, one of my favorite things about St. Louis is all of the family friendly things there are to do... and most of them are free! While Forest Park is full of great things, there are also lots of other great parks around us in St. Louis County that we love to frequent as a family. I think the people are great, the food is solid, and there are a lot of arts/entertainment options. As a sports guy, I am a fan of all the sports teams.. but of course the Cardinals are my favorite!


Josh Jaworowski

Community Groups Coordinator

Why are you at The Journey?
My wife and I have always lived in West County, so we have a heart for the Gospel to be shared and lived out in our community. God has used the The Journey to grow us spiritually by revising our view of mission and challenging us to be in authentic community.

What do you love about St. Louis?
Since we have always lived in St. Louis, it is the only place we know as home. The Hill, Ted Drewes, October Baseball, Family, The Zoo, and The Muny are some of things we love about St. Louis.


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