Greg Gilbert


Senior Pastor

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.

Mitchell Holley


Pastoral Assistant

Mitchell comes to Louisville by way of the Milwaukee, WI. He realized his need for a savior and accepted Christ at an early age through the testimony of his church. Mitchell began attending church more regularly with his family and became actively involved in the ministries of the church. Eventually, Mitchell would attend college and join a small church planting endeavor outside of Milwaukee. At this church plant, Mitchell developed a passion for the local assembly and desire to see the Gospel proclaimed through the local church. Also, at this church Mitchell would meet his wife, Spencer. After much prayer, they decided to move to Louisville in 2015 so that Mitchell could pursue a M.Div. at Southern Seminary.

Ben Birkholz


Associate Pastor

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.

Lisa Fang


Pastoral Assistant

Lisa grew up in Vancouver, BC, Canada. God saved her in her final year of high school through a classmate’s faithful sharing of the gospel and the ministry of a local church. Lisa spent her college years at that church, learning what it meant to be a Christian, before leaving for law school in another city. When Lisa returned to Vancouver to begin her legal career, the same church diligently and faithfully challenged her growth in the Lord. During those years, God developed Lisa’s passion for evangelism, discipleship, and the great need for faithful gospel ministry among the unreached people groups of the world. With the encouragement of her home church, Lisa moved to Louisville in the summer of 2014 to attend Southern Seminary and to be equipped for faithfulness in future ministry.

Marc Szabo


Staff Intern

Mike Carnicella


Director of Operations

Mike grew up in Zionsville, IN, a suburb on the north side of Indianapolis.  After high school he headed up the road to West Lafayette, to begin college at Purdue University (boiler up!).  In God's kind providence, Mike met his wife, Lindsey, and they were both baptized and married at Kossuth Street Baptist Church in Lafayette, IN.  From there, Mike and Lindsey headed down the road to Louisville for work and seminary.  God was kind again to lead Mike and Lindsey to Third Avenue, in 2010.  Seven years in Louisville and at Third Avenue have been formative.  Mike has worn many hats at Third Avenue, starting out as Pastoral Assistant, then Administrative Assistant, then Administrator, and now Director of Operations.  Mike is excited about what God is doing at Third Avenue and looks forward to the days ahead.  Mike enjoys spending free time reading fiction, climbing things, and giggling with his two kids, Leo and Lucia.

Aaron Scott


Youth Director

Aaron was born and raised in a pastor’s home in Denver, Colorado where the Lord saved him through the faithful ministry of his parents teaching him God’s Word. He received his BA and MA in Biblical Studies from Northland International University where he met his wife, Elizabeth. After Aaron graduated from NIU, they moved to the Island of Guam, where Aaron served as the Youth Pastor for 4 years at Harvest Baptist Church. While there, the Lord used various mentors to point Aaron and Liz to seminary in preparation for a further calling in the ministry. They moved to Louisville where Aaron is currently working on his Mdiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Aaron and Elizabeth have two beautiful sons named Elijah and Nathaniel. Aaron’s passions are family, food, theology, and sports.

John Evanko


Campus Director: Cardinal Christian Fellowship

John grew up in Paducah, KY and moved to Louisville in 2008 to begin school at the University of Louisville. He became a Christian during his freshman year of college and quickly developed a love for sharing the gospel with his friends on campus. After graduating in 2013 with a master’s degree in civil engineering, John came on staff as the director of Cardinal Christian Fellowship. In May of 2014, John married his lovely wife, Shannon. Both John and Shannon love U of L and are excited about the work God is doing through CCF.