Elders

Greg Gilbert

 

Elder

Greg grew up in a wonderful Christian family, with two parents who love the Lord very much and made sure that he heard the good news of salvation at every opportunity.  At 9 years old, he professed faith in Christ as his Dad shared the gospel yet again and he was baptized shortly thereafter.  For the next few years, he grew as a Christian, still attending church, and then went to Yale University for undergrad studies.  Those were good years spiritually, mostly because he had to learn like never before how to defend his faith.  It was also during those years that the Lord began to call him to Christian ministry.  After Yale, Greg spent some time serving in a few different churches, went to seminary, got married to Moriah, and had three awesome kids: Justin, Jack, and Juliet. Greg was called to serve Third Avenue Baptist as the Senior Pastor in 2010.

Ben Birkholz

 

Elder

Ben had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, where God used the godly example of his family to bring him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In September of ’99 Ben married his beautiful wife (highschool sweetheart!) Stephanie, and is father to three boys Samuel, Jacob and Luke. Ben and his family moved from Minnesota to Louisville in 2007. He spent four years serving on staff at a local homeless mission, and graduated from Southern Seminary before being called to Third Avenue as Associate Pastor in 2011.

Scott Croft

 

Elder

Scott grew up here in the Louisville area before heading off to college and then settling in Washington, DC for the next fifteen years.  In his adventures away from Louisville, Scott became a Christian, married his lovely wife, Rachel, became a father to William, served on staff with a church, got a law degree, practiced law and eventually served as a lay elder in a church in DC.  Scott and his family moved back to the Louisville area at the beginning of 2011, joined 3ABC, and give thanks every day for the Lord’s good gift of their brothers and sisters in this body of believers.  Scott’s prayer as an elder is that he would serve faithfully, and that the Lord would use 3ABC to cause people to come to Christ, grow in Christ and build their lives around the word of God and the local church

Josh Morrell

 

Elder

Joshua and his wife Jennifer moved to Louisville in 2004. After visiting many good churches in the Louisville area they joined 3ABC early in 2005. Since that time their family has grown by three and their love for the gospel and the local church has been multiplied many times more as they have enjoyed a rich fellowship in a community bound together by a deep love for Jesus. Joshua’s passions are serving the community of believers who bring him much joy and leading his family toward Christ.

Joshua Dove

 

Elder

Alisson Arruda

 

Elder

Alisson is from Recife, Brazil, and he had the privilege to hear the Gospel at a young age. By God's grace, Alisson turned from his sins and trusted in Christ during his teenage years. In God’s providence, Alisson came to the United States to study in college. While attending college, he met Christina, and he married her in 2005 after their graduation. After college, he spent two years working as a youth director in Albuquerque, NM. Then, he came to Louisville in 2007 and joined Third. While in Louisville, Alisson graduated from seminary and became the father of Sophia, Isabella, and Victoria. He desires and prays for the members of Third to grow in their love and knowledge of God and to make disciples of all nations for God's glory.

Matt Smethurst

 

Elder

God saved Matt at a young age through the faithful witness of his parents. Years later at James Madison University in Virginia, God used the ministry of Cru to give him a deep passion for theology, evangelism, and discipleship. Upon graduating Matt moved to East Asia, where he served as a missionary for two years. It was there that he sensed a strong desire to preach and pursue pastoral ministry. After returning to the States he participated in a pastoral intern program in Washington, D.C., before moving to Louisville to attend Southern Seminary (from which he graduated in 2012). Matt and his beautiful wife, Maghan, are the proud parents of two kids and have belonged to Third Avenue for six years. As an elder Matt desires for our church to serve as a launching pad for the spread of gospel grace around the world. Matt serves as managing editor of The Gospel Coalition.

Justin Leighty

 

Elder

Justin grew up in a home where he heard the gospel regularly.  College was a formative time in his life, and his involvement with CRU at James Madison University cemented in his heart a love for Jesus Christ, his word, and the good news of forgiveness.  Following college, Justin spent a few years living in his home town, Washington, DC, where he developed a love and care for the local church.  He moved to Louisville in 2008, where he met and married the love of his life, Christine.  They have two children and have fallen in love with the city of Louisville and Third Avenue Baptist Church.