Our Ministry Staff

Samuel E. Vance | Senior Pastor

 
Samuel & Martha

Samuel came to serve RABC as Senior Pastor in November 2012. He was born and raised in Northeast Mississippi. By God’ grace, he was raised in a Christian home where he heard the gospel proclaimed regularly. At the young age of 8, having realized both his own sinfulness and need for Jesus to save him, Samuel responded in faith by professing Jesus as his Lord and Savior. In his freshmen year of college at the University of Mississippi, he surrendered to the call to pastoral ministry. Shortly after, he transferred to Mississippi College where he graduated with his B.A. in 2000.  Samuel has served churches in Mississippi as both an associate pastor and as a lead pastor before coming to Louisville, KY to pursue seminary education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree from SBTS in December of 2015.

Samuel has been blessed to be married to Martha, since August 5, 2006. They have three children: Rachel, Elias, and Lydia. Other than pastoral ministry, the preaching of God’s Word, and Biblical Counseling, Samuel enjoys SEC college football, History, movies, food, and time with his family.
 
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Michael McGilbra Jr. | Assistant Pastor

 
 
Michael McGilbra Jr. came to serve RABC as Assistant Pastor in February 2018.  He was born and raised in North Las Vegas, Nevada.  From 2005 to 2012, Michael served at Renaissance Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In 2012 he moved to Louisville to complete his degree at Boyce College. He served at Ninth and O Baptist from 2012 to 2018 in Children’s and Men’s Ministry.  In May of 2018 he will graduate from Boyce College with B.A. in Expository Preaching and Pastoral Care.  
 
Michael has been blessed to be married to Tessa, since February 2005. He has two children: Aenias and Anisah.  Outside of ministry he loves to play video games, go to the movies, bowling, sports and spending time with his family.
 
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Our Support Staff

Harvey Brock | Pianist

 
Harvey

Courtney Cherry | Bookkeeper

 
 

 

Our Deacons

Bill Downey

 
Bill & Shirley
 

Kenny Balz

 
Kenny & Janice

Dawson Foster

 
Dawson & Penny

Walt Neagle

 
Walt & Erlene