Josh Greene was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina in 2002. After graduating from North Greenville University, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Josh became involved with First Baptist Church Fairdale. In October of 2003, Josh began serving as the Youth and Children’s Minister at FBC Fairdale. This ignited in Josh a deep love for the people of Fairdale. He is so energetic and excited about what he has seen God do among the young people of Fairdale.
In 2005, while still a student at the seminary in Louisville and while still serving at First Baptist Church Fairdale, Josh married his Ecuadorian wife Valeria, whom he had met at North Greenville College in SC and who was also studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Together, they continued serving and loving the youth of Fairdale. In 2006, Josh obtained his Master of Divinity in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Later that same year, Josh and Valeria decided to move from Louisville to Fairdale to be more involved in the community. They now have three sons, Joshua Carl, Jr., “JJ”, Eli, and Noah and daughters Carolina and Liliana. They love being a part of the community and enjoy taking family walks around Fairdale in the evenings.
Josh and Valeria both have passionate hearts for ministry. Together they have now been discipling teens and adults in Fairdale for ten plus years, and they have formed many meaningful relationships over the years. Also, they are both strongly interested in international ministry. Josh has been on several short-term mission trips to various countries and Valeria has either lived or served in many parts of the world. They desire to see FBC Fairdale become more and more of a missions-minded church.
Josh and Valeria’s whole lives are committed to following Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them in order to show Jesus Christ as an all-satisfying treasure to others, that they too may embrace and follow Him.
Jake BeattieStudent Pastor
Jake Beattie is a native of rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Growing up he and his family regularly attended their local Baptist Church and were very involved in many of the ministries there. Although Jake professed Christ at a young age, he did not truly understand his sin and the grace of God until he was on his own and away from home.
Jake joined the military and served as a Seabee in the United States Navy for 5 years directly out of high school. While in the military he was displaced to south Mississippi where the influence of Godly friends encouraged him to join a local church. From the teaching he received there and the circumstances that God brought into his life Jake began to know God. Jake surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 21 and has desired to know more and teach others about God ever since.
Around the age of 23 Jake felt a call to vocational ministry and decided to pursue a theological education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Through his time in South Mississippi Jake met his now-wife, Samantha. They married in the summer of 2011 and moved to Louisville to pursue Southern Seminary together. In the spring of 2014 they both graduated from the undergraduate program, Boyce College. Jake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Expository Preaching and Samantha earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling. Jake is now pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Southern Seminary and Samantha works at the school as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the V.P. of Hospitality Services. They are both excited that God has brought them to Fairdale and look forward to all that He will accomplish in and throughout the community.