Full Time Staff
Jeremy R. Smith
Jeremy R. Smith is a self described “debtor to unearned grace, advocate for the local Church, and backyard missionary.” Jeremy’s life miraculously changed when Jesus rescued him in 1996. Since then, he’s been passionate about helping Christians and non-Christians to think through and seriously consider what they believe, why they believe it, and why those beliefs matter.
As the Director for Faith Ascent, Jeremy is responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising, development, program management, marketing, and staffing needs of the ministry and reports directly to the Board of Directors. Additionally, Jeremy, along with Faith Ascent's teaching team, speaks regularly at churches and conferences to equip pastors, parents, and teenagers with the tools they'll need to articulate and defend "the reasons for the hope they have in Jesus." (1 Peter 3:15)
Jeremy received his Certificate of Study in Christian Apologetics from Biola University in La Mirada, CA and is currently studying Apologetics & Outreach at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Jeremy is a member of The Christian Apologetics Alliance, The Missouri Apologetics Network, St. Louis' Reasonable Faith Chapter, and Midrash St. Louis. Jeremy also serves part time as a Corporate Chaplain at Cordell & Cordell (A Domestic Litigation Firm).
Danielle holds an A.A.S. in Human Services, a B.A. in Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Social Services, and a M.A. in Nonprofit Administration with in emphasis in Governance & Social Entrepreneurship. Danielle is a change agent that seeks to enlighten, educate, equip, and empower nonprofit organizations to become catalysts in transforming individuals, families, and communities. With over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to use her education and expertise to aid in the development and sustainment of nonprofit organizations through the application of systems, structure, and solutions.
Danielle attributes the most defining moment of her life to her conversion in Christ in 2004. She describes herself as a servant and lover of God and people, whose sole mission in life is to be an image-bearer of Christ so that everyone who looks at her sees the beauty of His image! Danielle has been married to the love of her life, Michael (aka Mike REAL), since October 2009 and they work very closely in ministry together. Danielle’s husband serves as the Youth Pastor at their church, and they are passionate about discipleship, community, and Christian apologetics.
When Danielle is not serving in the latter capacities, she enjoys traveling with her husband around the country as he ministers through the art of Christian Rap as an artist on Clear Sight Music. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys reading, writing, spoken word poetry, spending time with family and friends, hanging out with her 10 God-children (not all at the same time of course), and traveling.
Part Time / Volunteer Staff
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Small Group Facilitator
Kyle Keating is a history and theology teacher at Providence Classical Christian Academy here in St. Louis. He received is B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his M.Div. from Covenant Theology Seminary. He served for three years with the campus ministry Cru at Ball State University before moving to St. Louis. He has served with the ministry FirstLight St. Louis teaching about Christian sexual ethics at local churches, and taught biblical theology in Athens, Greece with Training Leaders International. He has been married to the wonderful Christy Keating for five years. Together they enjoy reading, traveling, watching sports, and playing board games.
Small Group Facilitator
Vince Hall describes himself as a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, a husband to Jaimee, and a father to three wonderful children, Jackson, Quinn, and Parker. Vince earned his under graduate degree in Ministry and Leadership from Missouri Baptist University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Vince came to know the Lord during his basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky in the year of 2003. He spent six years in the Army Reserve and specialized in the Army’s Psychological Operations/Warfare. He served in Baghdad, Iraq 2004 - 2005. In 2007, he was called to ministry and served in a pastoral capacity at Destiny Church in St. Louis, MO. In 2011, he co-planted Life Community Church in Columbia, IL.
Motivated by his calling and education, Vince has a passion to teach and preach the Word of God. Furthermore, Vince is deeply concerned by the number of young people leaving the church after leaving home.
Laura Dalpiaz serves as Faith Ascent's bookkeeper and accountant. Laura is the president and founder of LEM Business Solutions. Since 2005, Laura's client base has grown to service dozens of companies including Churches and Non-Profits.
Joseph E. Cordell, J.D., C.P.A., LL.M
Joseph Cordell is the Principal Partner and Co-Founder of Cordell & Cordell, a domestic litigation firm dedicated to helping men and fathers through sensitive and often painful family law matters. Since co-founding the firm with his wife, Yvonne, Mr. Cordell and his team of attorneys have advocated for thousands of men and fathers to ensure their lawful rights are not violated or compromised because of their gender.
Mr. Cordell is a respected voice in conservative Christian circles and has appeared on or guest hosted radio programs including FM Talk with Jamie Allman and Phyllis Schlafly Live with Phyllis Schlafly. His columns have appeared in the American Conservative, the St. Louis Metrovoice, on AskMen.com, and on HuffingtonPost.com. As a concerned Christian, Mr. Cordell advocates for the advancement of Christian apologetics to support a Biblically informed Christian worldview in the home and in the church.
As The Chairman of the Board for Faith Ascent Ministries, Mr. Cordell provides strategic leadership and guides the effective performance of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Mr. Cordell and his wife Yvonne have two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline.
John Scott, CPA, AEP/CGMA
John is a partner at Anders. Anders is a CPA and advisory firm serving privately held companies and high-net-worth individuals. John has extensive experience in helping businesses and individual clients to be more efficient, competitive, and profitable.
Thad is a seasoned and skilled negotiator, adviser, strategist, and lawyer. He has advised and advocated for clients as an attorney and corporate counsel, yet possesses substantial C-level business experience. Clients commend Thad for his discernment, analysis, and ability to develop and execute tactical plans that achieve desired outcomes.
Jean Kovatovich is a Missouri girl who earned a BA in Speech Communication from Mizzou, married her high school sweetheart, Matt, and together wandered six states and fifteen cities. Along the way, she enjoyed a successful decade-long career in medical sales for a Fortune 500 company before choosing to be a homeschool mom to Adam and Sarah, who are each currently excelling at Webster University here in St. Louis. Over the past twenty years, Jean has hosted organizational workshops, spoken at homeschool conferences, and coached competitive speech and debate. She currently owns her own small business, serves on the Parent Council at Webster University, and loves to read and garden. Jean and Matt have been married 27 years, live in Kirkwood, and are on the brink of being empty-nesters.
Michael McClymond, Ph.D
Michael McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University and has completed a term as the Clarence Louis and Helen Irene Steber Professor. He was educated at Northwestern University (B. A. in Chemistry), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago (M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Theology). In addition to his work at Saint Louis University, he held teaching or research appointments at Wheaton College – Illinois (1988-89), Westmont College (1989-96), University of California – San Diego (1996-98), and Emory University (2001-02).
McClymond's book, Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 1998), received the 1999 Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History as the best first book in the history of Christianity. He was editor of Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism (Johns Hopkins University Press,2004), and author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Eerdmans,2004; winner of the Award of Merit in 2005 from Christianity Today magazine). He is the sole editor of a two-volume reference work that incorporates the contributions of one hundred and twenty scholars, Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America (Greenwood Press, 2007).
With Gerald McDermott of Roanoke College, McClymond is co-author of The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 2012). Comprising forty-five chapters, this work is the most in-depth academic study yet published on Edwards’s thought, draws on the seventy-three-volume, online Yale University Press version of The Works of Jonathan Edwards (http://edwards.yale.edu), and cites about eight hundred secondary sources.
Ron and his wife Shona have been married for almost 20 years. Their family includes their three children, Shelby (10), Ronald (10) and Ada (8) along with numerous animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.). Ron has a Master Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, an MSW from St. Louis University and BA in Bible with a minor in counseling from Johnson Bible College. Ron has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years. He has served as the director of the counseling program at Christian Family Services in St. Louis, Missouri and currently counsels adolescents who have unsuccessful in the public school environment due to with behavior and emotional problems. He is also an adjunct professor for Missouri Baptist University. Ron is currently a board member and a seminar speaker for Faith Ascent Ministries and has been involved with the ministry since 2010. His personal interest and expertise in Christian apologetics focuses on the reliability and historicity of the Old and New Testaments.
Cordell Schulten is an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University and serves as pastor for the English Ministry congregation at the Korean Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, Missouri. Previously, he was an associate professor of American Law at Handong Global University in Pohang, Korea. He also taught at Fontbonne University. Before teaching, he practiced law for ten years, specializing in commercial litigation and death penalty cases. Cordell earned his M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2004 and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1986. He has also done graduate studies in Theology and Culture at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Cordell and his wife Sandy have been married for 37 years. They have four children and four grand children.
Mr. T (as we affectionately call him) is the Superintendent of Living Word Christian High School in O'Fallon, Mo. He has been with LWCS since 2009. He is a Vietnam veteran, a former land surveyor, and he spent 20 years as a missionary, 18 of those years at the Alliance Academy, a missionary school in Quito, Ecuador.
Mr. T received his B.S. degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. He has an Advanced Studies degree from Moody Bible Institute and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He is currently working on his dissertation for his doctorate.
Letitia is the Co-Director of Ratio Christ at Missouri Baptist University. She holds a BS in Health Sciences with a Minor in Religious Studies from Purdue University in 1997. She went on to complete her Medical Technology certification at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She has had over 15 years of ministry experience including serving as student Evangelism Coordinator for Purdue University’s undergraduate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as ministry coordinator and teacher at Arizona State University’s chapter of Campus Ambassadors. In 2009, she attended CrossExamined Instructor Academy at Southern Evangelical Seminary in preparation for public speaking in apologetics. In addition, she co-hosts TruLife Fridays, an internet radio show examining the ethics of the santity of human life. Letitia is currently pursuing her master's degree in theology at Concordia University Irvine.