As he was walking through the house, there was a loud pop, then flying glass before he rose off the ground and was thrown on his kitchen floor. Debris from the ceiling fell, and then it was quiet, he told KMOV.
"The wind just picked me up and moved me that far across my kitchen," he said.
Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri after the series of storms pummeled the St. Louis area and elsewhere across the state.
Arkansas was also hard hit, prompting Gov. Mike Beebe to declare 15 counties as state disaster areas.
The damage in Arkansas included some 15 homes damaged in Izard County, said state emergency management official Tommy Jackson, and overturned vehicles spotted along U.S. 65, north of Clinton.
One tornado touched down in Van Buren County, about 75 miles north of Little Rock, damaging at least 33 homes and injuring three people.
The twister demolished the sanctuary, a fellowship area, classrooms and a pavilion at Botkinburg Foursquare Church, its pastor said.
"If the tornado would have come an hour and a half later, we would have been caught in it," said Senior Pastor Ester Bass, referring to Wednesday night services.
No members of the church were injured.
But a passing motorist who parked his truck in the church's covered driveway to get out of the dangerous weather had a close call when the storm struck.
"It shook the truck and just lifted the roof right off the drive-through," said Bass. "He was all right."
Bass, 63, said his congregation of about 100 was left stunned.
"It is just devastating. My wife and I are just torn," he said. "We put a lot of sweat and hard work and it was paying off. The church was growing."
As church leaders prepared to meet with their insurance adjuster, the pastor was thankful for a loyal membership.
"They will be with me," he said. "They are ready to buckle down and do what we have to. With the Lord's help, we are going to rebuild."