WELCOME TO WEST HILLS CHURCH! Serving the Heart of West County, St. Louis.
We are a Gospel-centered church who glorify God by living in authentic Christian community with one another, growing in spiritual maturity as disciples of Jesus, and serving the world missionally with the love of Christ.
We’d love to hear from you.
13250 South Outer 40 Rd. Town & Country, MO 63017
Phone: 1.314.434.5963 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: westhillsstl.org Facebook: Follow Us!
9:00 am & 10:45 am- Worship
Life Groups: Sun-Thur evenings weekly
Jon-Michael Brown is an aspiring Man of God. Since leaving his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, he has obediently sought to fulfill Christ’s calling on his life. He attained a Bachelor of Theology, a Bachelor of Biblical Literature, an MA in ministry intercultural studies, and high school teaching certification. He has served in youth ministry in various capacities for over 20 years. Besides vocational youth ministry, he has mentored at-risk youth in the community, coached sports at all levels, and trained future ministers as a Bible college professor. Currently, he does youth ministry “with a twist” as a high school math teacher and wrestling coach. He also continues as an associate pastor at Halls Ferry Christian Church, where he has served since 2003. He and his wife, Leslie, celebrated 19 years of marriage this year. The two have four children Lashae (16), Jon-Michael II (14), Jadon (6), and Leia (3). Jon-Michael loves to praise the Lord and preach His Word. Jon-Michael is particularly passionate about the biblical doctrine of unity, his family, and the Detroit Lions.
I love the book of Ecclesiastes, which essentially outlines King Solomon’s testimony. He begins with “I applied my heart to search out … all that is done under heaven” (1:13), spends the next 11 chapters looking for meaning and fulfillment in all the proverbial wrong places (“The Vanity of Self-Indulgence”, “of Wisdom”, “of Work”, “of Wealth”…), before finally concluding, “The end of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments” (12:13). I wish I had heeded Solomon’s example earlier. But I guess some of us have to learn the hard way.
I’ll spare you the details, but if I outlined all the “vanities”/idols I have “searched out” over the course of my life, the section headers would read something like this: “The Vanity of Having the Perfect Family (Collapse)”, “of Hating God”, “of Hedonism”, “of Achievement / Perfectionism”, “of People-Pleasing”, “of People-Pushing”, “of Hopeless Romanticism”, “of Intellectualism”, “of Atheism / Deconstructing Faith”, “of Marriage as Cure-all”, “of Ministry as Savior”, and beneath all of that, “The Vanity of Being Lord of my own Life”. Like I said, the HARD way!
If you’re looking for a perfect pastor with a pure past, keep searching. But if you’re looking for a place where you can bring your own brokenness and be met with the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15), West Hills is the place for you. I (Will) am that “I” (“foremost of sinners”). Paul Tripp notes that “no one gives grace better than someone who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself.” I thank God that He allowed me to suffer decades of “vanities”, so that He might convict me all the more deeply of my need for grace and His provision of it in Christ, and out of that, He might use me to proclaim the riches of His grace available to all who would simply trust in Jesus!