On Saturday, April 6, 2019, God decided it was time for Dr. Jason Douglas Helmbacher of Saint Louis, MO, to come home. Although we will never understand why, we will trust that God is good and He is faithful.

Jason was born on January 28, 1973 in Springfield, Missouri. The joy of his birth was surpassed only by the joy of a life well lived. He was a beloved husband, daddy, son, grandson, brother, uncle, pastor, mentor, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Rachelle Wollenberg Helmbacher, his beloved children, Hannah and Isaac of the home, his parents, Neal and Carol Helmbacher of Fort Smith, AR, and Travis and Cheri Wollenberg of Shawnee, OK, maternal grandmother, Doris Pybas of Fort Smith, AR, his siblings, Jennifer and Scott Ward of Fort Smith, AR, Joelle and Carl Hirst of Louisville, KY, Eddie and Kristi Wollenberg of Ada, OK, his nieces and nephews, Luke, Brennan, Joshua and Samuel Ward, Talitha, Matthan, Elahnor and Aya Hirst, Chad, Emma, Cole, C.D., Reid, and Deacon Wollenberg, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, whom he loved. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rev. Garth Pybas and Clarence and Edna Helmbacher.

Jason was a graduate of Elk City High School, Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Gateway Theological Seminary where he received his Doctorate of Ministry in 2018. He served as a pastor in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, but his heart and his mission was in Bosnia-Herzegovina and with the Bosnian people whom he loved and served. His life passion was sharing His love of God and His Word. His greatest loves were God, God’s Word, his family, his friends, the Saint Louis Cardinals, tacos, Nacho Libre, and driving the boat. He loved life and life loved him. He loved fully and freely without judgement or prejudice. His life verse was Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Visitation will be Thursday, April 11th from 4:00-9:00pm at Church at Affton, 9607 Gravois Road in St. Louis, MO. There will be two services in order to accommodate those unable to travel to St. Louis.  Funeral service Friday April 12th, 10:00am at Church at Affton, address above. The memorial service in Fort Smith will be Wednesday, April 17th at 1:00pm at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Avenue, Ft. Smith, AR.

Memorial contributions may be made to provide for Jason’s wife and children. Please direct contributions to “Rachelle Helmbacher at The Jason Helmbacher Memorial Fund,” mailing address: PO Box 11974, Fort Smith, AR 72917. If you prefer to make a tax deductible online contribution, you may do so through Grand Avenue Baptist Church’s online giving platform at http://gabc.church/resources/giving/ and designate your gift to the “Jason Helmbacher Memorial Fund.” A service of KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL.