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.

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.

Michael Carnicella


Church Administrator

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.