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” (6 years old), Eli (4 years old), and Noah (3 years old) and a daughter, Carolina (1 year old). 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 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.
Troy graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Leadership in 2011 and currently serves full-time at the seminary as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the School of Church Ministries. Troy began his service to First Baptist Church in December 2012 and is responsible for all youth and children ministries. He has been married to Jennifer for the past 18 years and has four children: Trinity, Chelsea, Andrew, and Kara Lynn.
Life Verse: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” – Galatians 2:20 (NASB)
At about age 18, through a group of godly friends, he became convinced that his faith was mostly an attempt to earn God’s favor instead of the joyful response to Christ’s saving work. Micah repented and was re-baptized at a Birmingham church-plant that he had recently joined.
While at this new church, he began pursuing his now-wife Rachel and eventually married her in May of 2011. He served as Music Minister of their church until deciding to move to Kentucky to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Micah is pursuing a Master of Arts in Worship Leadership while Rachel works at the seminary in the accounting department. They are excited to be at First Baptist Church Fairdale and look forward to serving together at their new church home.