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 and the preaching of God’s Word, Samuel enjoys SEC college football, history, movies, food, and time with his family.
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Jeremy Godwin | Worship & Music Pastor

Jeremy is a local musician working towards his certification in music education and is from Anchorage, Alaska. He realized his need for Christ to remove his sins as a teenager and soon became highly involved in theological study and church life. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as having additional studies done at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The University of Louisville, and The University of Alaska. He joined the staff at Ralph Avenue in February 2015 and is happy to be here. He enjoys helping churches by serving as a temporary music minister while the church searches for a permanent minister. Some of his hobbies include: Hiking Alaskan mountains, drinking various loose-leaf teas, reviewing music scores at a coffee shop, and working out. He hopes to check off his bucket list of kayaking with orca whales and to tame and ride a moose.
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Our Support Staff

Harvey Brock | Pianist



Our Deacons

Bill Downey

Bill & Shirley

Kenny Balz

Kenny & Janice

Dawson Foster

Dawson & Penny

Walt Neagle

Walt & Erlene