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 BeattieAssociate Pastor - Student Ministry
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.
Joseph WeaverWorship Pastor
Joseph Weaver grew up in a Christian home in Louisville Kentucky and gave his life to Christ at a young age. Joseph lived and breathed music as kid and through intentional discipleship from his worship pastor felt the calling to ministry at the age of 17. After graduating from Christian Academy of Louisville Joseph attended Western Kentucky University in 2010 where he eventually met his lovely wife, Jessica, while working at a small Baptist church in Bowling Green. Joseph worked as a worship leader in bowling Green for two years while finishing his degree, leading at his church and different campus ministries. After graduating in 2014, Joseph and Jessica got married and moved to Elizabethtown Kentucky and began serving as a worship pastor at Severns Valley Baptist Church. God called Joseph to start attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary part-time while he worked in Elizabethtown, and after two years God lead Joseph and Jessica to take the plunge of leaving their jobs and home to move back to Louisville to attend seminary full-time.
Currently, Joseph is seeking to finish his Masters of Divinity in Biblical Worship at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife are excited to be at First Baptist Church Fairdale and eager to see how God will use the church to grow them to be faithful servants to Jesus Christ. Joseph spends his free time being active and playing video games with his wife. Jessica is currently a teacher at Shepherdsville Elementary School as a 4th grade teacher and spends her free time playing with her dogs.
Josh WambleAssociate Pastor - Teaching
Josh Wamble was born and grew up in Trenton, TN—a small rural town in West TN about 90 miles north east of Memphis. His parents were very involved in their local church and taught him to be as well. During his childhood, he learned to value the commitments involved in being a member of a church, to value people, and to hard work.
After graduating high school in 1999, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Biblical Languages from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee graduating in 2003. He served a local church near the university as their youth pastor from 2000 until the winter of 2004. In 2004, he became a member of Cornerstone Community Church (SBC) in Jackson, TN and served there in a pastoral ministry internship program regularly teaching, preaching, and being mentored by the church’s seasoned pastors. As part of this internship, he was also able to serve other churches in the Jackson, TN area and Trinity Baptist Church in Sikeston, MO filling preaching responsibilities when their pastors were absent.
At the end of 2005, Josh moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After a few months, he became a member of First Baptist Church Fairdale. His love for the people FBCF and the community of Fairdale grew so quickly that in 2006 he moved from the St. Matthews area to Fairdale and has loved living in this community ever since.
In 2008, Josh graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in Theology and Biblical Languages. After graduation, because of his love for the people of Fairdale and how God was using him at the church, Josh decided to remain in this area.
Since then, has held several jobs working at furniture stores, teaching, organizing chapel, and leading missions at Christian Academy of Indiana, and providing counseling and supervision at a residential group home for boys in Mt. Washington. At the same time, he was busy serving the church and people of Fairdale in many capacities. At one time or another, he has served the church as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Director, children’s teacher, fill-in preacher, member and chairman of the church’s Deacons, church custodian, church moderator, and as a member and chairman of the church’s Personnel, Nominations, and Constitution and By-Laws Revision Committees. He has also represented the church as a board member of the Fairdale Area Community Ministries.
In 2015, the church ordained Josh to the Gospel ministry affirming his calling and qualification as a pastor. After serving a church in Oklahoma City briefly, he was excited to return to FBCF and begin serving as the church’s Associate Pastor for Teaching in 2017. In this role, Josh is excited about seeing the members of FBCF growing in grace and maturity in Christ as the Holy Spirit is at work in them.
It is Josh’s conviction that the Word of God is a sure foundation that is powerful and able to change people’s lives. He stands on it as the final authority along with the members of FBCF.
Austin HammonsMissions Director
Austin Hammons was born in southeast Kentucky and raised in central Kentucky. He and his family became involved in a local Baptist church and at a young age God opened his eyes to his sin and saved him. Ever since High School, Austin has felt the call to foreign missions. It was during college that God confirmed that calling while he went on various short and long-term mission trips both local and abroad. Soon after graduating from Campbellsville University in 2012 with his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries and Psychology, Austin married his wife Holly, who also graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor of Science in Educational Ministries.
After spending some time in Danville, Kentucky, Austin and Holly felt called to move to Louisville to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In June 2017, God blessed Austin and Holly with a new addition to their family, Hazel Hammons. Austin is currently working for the State Government with Disability Determinations while Holly works as an Event Planner at Southern Seminary. Austin is working towards his Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry at Southern Seminary. Both are very excited to be a part of Fairdale and God’s work among this community and among the nations.
Matthew McBroomChildren's Ministry Director
Matthew McBroom is a Kentucky native, and was raised southwest of Louisville, in Bullitt County. He grew up in a Christian home along his younger brother. Matt attended a local Baptist church with his family and was saved as a young boy, at the age of 7.
After graduating high school he attended college at Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. While attending EKU he met and married his wife Elizabeth (of 17 years). After graduation, they returned to the Louisville area and got involved with leading in a local church youth group. It was during this time that Matt felt a call to the Gospel Ministry. He began attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and working on a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Counseling. Since that time he has served in various rolls including Youth Pastor, Interim Worship Leader, and Children’s Ministry Director.
Matt and Liz are foster/adoptive parents and have 6 children; Caitlyn, Caleb, Carter, Cooper, Damien and Daniel. They often joke that having so many kids is almost like having a children’s ministry department right at home. They believe that adoption is a beautiful thing and that it is a picture of the Gospel. Reflecting the adoption that believers experience when they become part of God’s family.
In their spare time, Matt works as a Telecommunication’s Engineer and Liz serves the community as an Elementary School teacher.
Back Row: Dan Pomeroy, Mike Stivers, Andrew Berry, Ray Harris
Front Row: Matt Deaton, Doug Williams, Andy Huff, Bob Samuels