Chris Fillingham, Sr. Pastor
Chris is a native of Kansas City. He and his wife Jessi have four kids: Noelle, Elijah, Theo, and Brandt. Before coming to Dayspring in 2011, Chris served in various churches in Missouri and Texas. He is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University in TX where he received a M. Div with a concentration in Global Christianity. His studies took him to Morocco, Hong Kong, and India. He also spent several summers in Mexico in college.
Chris has a special interest in the ancient traditions of the church and contemplative theology. He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Ministry program in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His favorite authors include Richard Rohr and Barbra Brown Taylor.
For fun, Chris enjoys reading fiction, being outdoors, playing games, and spending time with his family. He’s also completed a few Triathlons and hopes to do more in the future.
Marsha Hussung, Music Minister
Marsha is a proud Kansan by birth and a St. Louisan by choice. Raised in a family strong in its embrace of faith and music, Marsha felt drawn to a life that could allow her to remain true to both. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in music from Kansas State University, coming to St. Louis in 1980 to pursue a Ph.D. in Musicology at Washington University. She came close, but never managed to jump that final hurdle of a dissertation.
After joining the Dayspring Choir as a soprano soloist in 1983, Marsha stepped up as interim choir director in 1991. Working with singers, helping to plan meaningful worship, and selecting music to complement and enhance the worship experience all combined to convince her that she had found her true calling. She was officially hired as Music Minister in 1995.
Marsha met her husband, Chuck, while both were singing in the choir at Dayspring. They were married in the old Delmar sanctuary at Skinker and Washington in 1987 and have two fine sons: John (born in 1988), and William (1991). She and Chuck, an English teacher at SLUH, enjoy theater, movies, symphony concerts, good books, family and friends, and visiting county seats.
Lyndsay Williams, Youth Minister
Lyndsay is a native of North Carolina. She attended Furman University in Greenville, SC and graduated with a BA in Music before meeting husband Darin. They moved to Fairview Heights, IL in April 2014. That Fall Lyndsay began her Master’s of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2017.
Her passion for teenagers began when she was in college and served as a Young Life leader and as a summer intern with her youth minister. She loves having the opportunity to witness students grow in their relationship and love for God. Her other interests include: sports, being outdoors, music, card and board games.
Hannah Allee, Mana Director - Children's Ministry
Hannah is a life-long St. Louisan who returned to the area after finishing her Bachelors in Psychology at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She will graduate with her Masters in Social Work in 2015 and hopes to stay in St. Louis working to improve our region’s efforts to make sure children and youth of all backgrounds have the support they need to be successful in life.
Through high school and college, Hannah was an active leader in her youth group and campus religious life. She was lucky enough to find a faith community she loves at Dayspring. Now on staff, Hannah enjoys teaching and having fun with our elementary school kids in Manna. When not at school or work, Hannah enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of St. Louis, doing yoga in Tower Grove Park, watching Cardinals baseball and spending time with family and friends. Hannah has a passion for social justice issues and a love for the St. Louis community.
Stephanie Allee, Accompanist
Stephanie has lived most of her life in Missouri – nearly half of it in the St. Louis area. Because she was raised by church musicians, music and church have always been a part of Stephanie’s life. She has taught music in schools, given private piano lessons and played for churches, schools and community choruses. She currently teaches music at St. Louis Priory School and plays for the St. Louis Metro Singers.
Although music consumes a large part of Stephanie’s time, her favorite thing is being with her family. Hannah lives in St. Louis and is also a part of the Dayspring staff, Elim is a student at Missouri State, and Cole is a student at William Jewell. Her husband, Jeff, owns and operates, Woodsmoke BBQ, a restaurant in the area.
Whenever they can be together they love to watch movies, play games, or just sit around the table and talk and laugh.
Brenda Hamm, Nursery Coordinator
Brenda is native to the Saint Louis area, spending all of her childhood and most of her adult years in Missouri. She has always had a heart for young childhood ministries, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Missouri Baptist College in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education. After receiving her degree, Brenda taught early elementary for several years before having children of her own. She continued her love of teaching through homeschooling her own children while moving out of the country to China and then to California.
After returning to the Saint Louis area, and with one child in college and one in high school, Brenda again returned to early childhood ministries. She began working with the MOPS program in 2011 and was introduced to the community at Dayspring Baptist Church. Over the next few years Brenda became more involved with early childhood ministry at Dayspring before becoming the nursery director in 2016. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, attending Cardinal baseball games and is an avid reader.
Valerie Strate, Administrative Assistant
Valerie grew up in St. Louis and attended Kansas State University where she studied secondary education. She returned to St. Louis after graduation and married her husband Scott. They recently had their first child Caroline. Prior to joining the staff at Dayspring Baptist Church she taught middle school math and managed a podiatry clinic. Valerie enjoys discovering new restaurants and coffee shops, traveling, and cheering on the Blues, Cardinals and K-State Wildcats.