About Us

City Lights Church is a Christian church in St. Louis, MO

Everything we believe and do revolves around Jesus; we want to love Him and love people. Whoever you are, wherever you're at in life, you can come expecting Biblical, gospel-driven teaching, contemporary worship music, and strong, Christ-centered relationships. The dress is casual, so come as you are.

Our vision is to be a multi-ethnic community of believers who worship the Living God and serve the people of the Saint Louis area by living out our faith daily, so that others may become disciples of Jesus who are continually maturing and being equipped to do the things that Jesus did.


  • Jeff Miller
    Jeff Miller
    Lead Pastor

    Jeff is the lead pastor of City Lights and is responsible for preaching, vision, staff development, and overall care for the people of City Lights.  Jeff and Cheri have been married since 1995 and have five kids.

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  • Stephen Putbrese
    Stephen Putbrese
    Staff Pastor

    Stephen is a staff pastor at City Lights and oversees small groups, the Mercy Team, the youth group leaders, college outreach, and the prayer ministry team.  Stephen also assists with preaching and teaching.

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  • Steve Oros
    Steve Oros
    Worship Leader

    Steve is the worship leader at City Lights. In addition to leading Sunday morning worship and developing new worship team members; Steve also leads a small group, assists in the graphic design, oversees facilities management and building teams, and coordinates event planning. Steve and his wife Janele have been married since 2009 and have two kids.

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  • Tiffany Kocher
    Tiffany Kocher
    Kids Director

    Tiffany leads our City Lights Kids program. She oversees the training of all of our kid’s workers and chooses the curriculum that we use. She does a great job running a creative kids program and works very hard to make sure our kids have a great time. She and her husband, Jesse, have 5 wonderful kids.

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The Bible is the very Word of God - entirely authoritative, sufficient, and necessary for the Christian life. From Genesis to Revelation, it unfolds God's redemptive plan through Jesus.


God uses expository preaching to save the lost and to equip and teach believers.


In worship, we focus our eyes away from ourselves and onto Jesus. We sing songs about God and to God, engaging our minds, bodies, will, and emotions.


The Holy Spirit is active in the church and moves powerfully as we pray. We see this through hands-on, corporate, and private prayer.


The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. Small groups are foundational to our culture and are the means by which disciples are made.


As the gospel spread during the first century, the apostles planted churches and appointed proven men to lead them. We want to plant healthy, local churches all over the country.


The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one being with the Father; through Him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.

For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

*Catholic here means "universal" and does not refer specifically to the Catholic church.


City Lights Church started in the summer of 2003 after a team of people relocated from Vine Community Church in Carbondale, IL to obey God’s calling to start a new church in St. Louis. Ben Powers, who was a pastor at Vine, initially felt God asking him to plant City Lights in 2002. In August of that year, the plans for starting the church were announced at Vine, and 11 people felt God asking them to be a part of it. In June of 2013, Jeff Miller and his family moved from one of our network churches in Bloomington, IL to become Lead Pastor of City Lights. We are excited about what God will do in the coming years.


City Lights Church is part of a small network of church-planting churches that strive to obey Jesus’ mission to make disciples in each of their cities. Together, we are like-minded in doctrine and style, yet not a denomination. We are friends who support and encourage each other, start new churches, and follow Jesus together.