First Baptist Staff
I was born and raised right here in Louisville, Ohio. I attended church for years as a kid, but as I grew into my teenage years I began feeling God's call on my life to surrender to full time ministry. In the fall of 2002 I moved to Springfield, MO to attend Baptist Bible College. My wife Sarah and I got married after our freshman year of college in 2003.
In December of 2007 we moved back to Louisville, where I was a full-time Youth Pastor for 4 years. After some great years of youth ministry, we began to feel God leading us to pursue leading a church. We moved back to BBC, this time with our 2 children, where I finished my Bachelor's Degree with a Pastoral Major. I am currently studying my Master's in Theology through Liberty University online.
In December of 2013 I accepted the Sr. Pastor position here at First Baptist Church of Louisville. Having the opportunity to move back to my hometown of Louisville and have the privilege of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with this city is a great blessing!
Associate Pastor / Music
I was raised in a Christian home in Austintown, Ohio. My parents were led to Christ by Pastor Glenn Stockton and his wife, Sarah, through their ministry at the old Youngstown Baptist Church. Throughout their lives, my parents taught me what it was like to live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ, letting the Holy Spirit lead in finding God's will for me. My parents led me to Jesus when I was seven years old. Our family consistently went to church and shared in the ministry there in Youngstown. As a teenager, I became very active in the YBC youth ministry under the leadership of Russ and Diane Dean. I knew God's call on my life at Camp Chautauqua in 1977 under the preaching of John Rawlings Sr.
I graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1983 with a Bachelor's Degree in Missions and then from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1992 with a Masters' Degree in Religious Education. Before coming to First Baptist Church here in Louisville, I also served in two other churches as Assistant Pastor, leading ministries in bible teaching and congregational music. In addition to those ministries here at First Baptist, I also enjoy participating in the church nursing home ministry
My wife, Kathy, and I were married in 1998. Among her strengths are her willingness to help with church fellowship meals, and taking an active roll in the nursery ministry.
Having grown up as a pastor's kid and later in life as a missionary kid I was blessed to be able to experience the excitement of being involved in church and full time ministry at an early age. I accepted Christ as my Savior as a young child, but it wasn't until my teen years when I really began to grow in my relationship with Christ. After pursuing several different career options, I finally surrendered to God's call for my own life to be in full time ministry and attended Baptist Bible College in 2002. I finished with my Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies and Elementary Education.
Greg and I met and dated in high school and were married after our freshman year of college. In 2007 we were blessed with our first full-time ministry position working with youth. We learned so much during those years about ministry and ourselves and really fell in love with people and seeing them grow in their relationship with Christ. God blessed our family during those years as well with our two children, Lincoln and Liberty. After following God's lead, we were privileged to become a part of First Baptist and are so excited to be a part of such a loving, passionate and driven group of people who's desire is to reach their neighbors and world for Christ.