Chris Fillingham, D.Min., 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. In 2019 Chris earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual formation from Portland Seminary, with an emphasis on body, heart, and mind spirituality. Before that, Chris received a M. Div. from Truett Seminary at Baylor University with a concentration in Global Christianity. His studies at that time took him to Morocco, Hong Kong, and India. He also spent several summers ministering in Mexico during college.

Chris has a special interest in Contemplative Christianity. His dissertation focused on Celtic Christianity, John of the Cross, and Gregory of Nyssa.  His favorite modern authors include Richard Rohr, Barbra Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Parker Palmer.

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.

Youth Minister - Job Opening

We are currently looking to complete our staff team with a part-time Youth Minister. For more information, click on the Job Description Here

Interested candidates should send a resume with at least three references and a letter of interest to our email address:, subject: Youth Ministry Position. Or send by mail to Dayspring Baptist Church, Attn: Youth Minster Position, 1001 Municipal Center Drive, Town and Country MO, 63131. We will send notification of receiving your resume by email within a week’s time.

Angie Smith Manna Director - Children's Ministry

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Angie Smith has been in St. Louis for almost 20 years after growing up in Springfield, Illinois.  She is married to her husband, Brian, and has three boys - Michah (9), Benjamin (7) and Luke (2).  She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Baptist University.  She taught in the Kirkwood School District for four years before staying at home with her own boys.  

Angie has been involved in children's ministry for many years including teaching Sunday school, organizing VBS and everything in between.  She served as the interim Children's Director at Third Baptist Church in 2011 and is involved at Lake Springfield Baptist Camp.  She has been camp director there for over 10 years and a counselor for many more!

She has attended MOPS at Dayspring since it began and enjoys meeting new moms and sharing the motherhood journey together.  Most of her time is spent shuttling her boys to their many activities and events!  She loves to relax by reading.  

Stephanie Allee, Music Coordinator and 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.