Staff Updates

The purpose of this page is to inform you, our Church body, of the updates for our Staff team. We plan to continue to publish updates as they happen on this web page to keep the congregation informed of our progress. We are excited to see how the Holy Spirit is working!

We ask you, the body of Christ at Graceland Baptist Church; to keep the Pastors, Elders and the members of the Search Team (ST) in your prayers as we endeavor to seek God’s plan for our staff needs.

Respectfully,

Pastor Larry, Bryan Jackson, Gary Vogt, Scott Luttrell, Joel Ragains, Reuben NesSmith, and Dan Williamson

UPDATES

September 10, 2019

It is with great excitement that we share with you our new Kid’s Minister at Graceland!

His name is Wes Fleming. Wes has been married to his wife Rachel for 10 years. They have a son Jude (8) and a daughter Piper (5). He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at Southern Seminary. Wes has been serving in Kid’s ministry for the past 10 years and has most recently been serving full time as the Kid’s Minister at Beechland Baptist in Louisville.

We believe that Wes is the right person to fill this role and will effectively lead our Kid’s ministry as we seek to reach new families with the Gospel, equip Graceland families, and raise up our kids to be disciple makers. Please join us in welcoming Wes, Rachel, Jude, and Piper to the Graceland family!

February 11, 2019

Caleb Creel is the new Minister to Students here at Graceland.  Caleb has been married to his wife, Mollie, for 4 ½ years.  Caleb received his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his undergraduate degree from Union University.  Caleb has been serving as the Campus Minister at IU Southeast for the last 2 years with the Southeastern Indiana Baptist Association.  We are thrilled to have Caleb lead our middle school, high school, and college age ministries at GBC.  Please join us in welcoming Caleb and Mollie to the Graceland Family!

January 17, 2019

Graceland Baptist Church welcomes Nate Millican to the staff! Nate will serve part-time here as Pastor of Church Planting Partnerships. He’ll help lead our church to become even more involved and engaged in church planting in our city, region, and state. Nate is also serving as the State Director of Missions to the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Indiana. In this role, he will lead a team to work with pastors, churches and associations across Indiana to discover, develop, and deploy men to plant churches.

January 10, 2019

The Search Team met to discuss, research, and review 15 candidates for the role of teaching pastor at Graceland. The team narrowed it down to the top 5 candidates and will re-review these remaining candidates in two weeks. Please continue to pray for wisdom for all involved in the process.

December 10, 2018

We are excited to introduce you to our new Pastor of Ministries, Ryan Brown! Ryan has been serving at Graceland as the Student Ministries Pastor for the last 5 1/2 years.

He and his wife, Jenny, have been married for 14 years and have two children, Evie (7 yrs) and Roman (3 yrs). Ryan is passionate about and committed to raising up leaders and disciples of Christ.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University and his Masters of Arts in Church Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Please join us in welcoming Ryan to this new role!

November 11, 2018

On behalf of the Elders, the Search Team and the membership of Graceland Baptist Church, we are pleased to announce the calling of Larry Riley as our Lead Pastor at Graceland. The church membership voted (97%) on Sunday, November 11 and Pastor Larry was affirmed in accordance with the constitution of Graceland Baptist Church as our Lead Pastor.

Pastor Larry will begin his responsibilities as Lead Pastor immediately. We Praise God for His goodness and blessings on our church and look forward to the exciting days ahead. Welcome Larry and Elizabeth Riley!

November 7, 2018

Church members will vote whether to affirm Lead Pastor Candidate, Pastor Larry Riley, Sunday November 11, 2018, during both services at the New Albany campus, as well as during the service at our Palmyra campus.

November 1, 2018

Church members are invited to attend a question and answer session with Lead Pastor Candidate, Pastor Larry Riley and wife Elizabeth on Saturday, November 3rd at 10AM or Sunday, November 4th at 3PM. The meeting will be held in the Corner Room.

October 28, 2018

The Pastor Search Team and Elders presented Pastor Larry Riley to the members of Graceland Baptist Church. According to our church constitution, all church members will have the opportunity to affirm the LEAD PASTOR recommendation during a vote on Sunday, November 11th, in all services at both campuses.

October 24, 2018

The Elders are excited to announce they have unanimously voted to present a Lead Pastor Candidate for affirmation to the Graceland Baptist Church Members. Details will be shared during all services this Sunday, October 28th, at both campus locations.

October 19, 2018

The Search Team meeting with the prospective Lead Pastor went well. The Search Team made a unanimous recommendation to move forward to the elders. Please continue to pray!

October 10, 2018

The Search Team has been meeting and is processing questions as they prepare to meet with a prospective Lead Pastor next week.

September 19, 2018

Several good resumes have been received already.

September 17, 2018

The GBC Pastor job opening has been posted to several online church staffing websites.

September 14, 2018

Pastor Search Team has had their first meeting. Reuben reported the team is excited and ready for the task.

August 28, 2018

Establish Search Team

August 19, 2018

Pray for God’s clear direction and guidance as we enter into this search for our new Pastor.

In accordance with our church constitution “Calling of a Senior Pastor” – The Elders shall issue a general call of fasting and prayer to the church body. The search team shall be established by the Elders. The Search Team shall seek candidates and present recommendations to the Elders. A unanimous agreement of the Elders is required to present the selected candidate to the church family. Upon review and testing, the selected candidate shall be presented to the church body for affirmation.

Again, we are asking every member of GBC to join your Elders and PST in prayer and fasting until we’ve successfully completed our search for a new pastor.

TEACHING PASTOR SEARCH TEAM

Michelle Cavanaugh

Husband
Nick

Children
Logan, McKenna, Nathan, and Jack

Time at GBC
10 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Student Ministry Leader – Senior Girls

Current Profession
Fitness Instructor

Steve Dukes

Wife
Janet

Children
Alicia and Jacob

Grandchildren
Cohen and Marley

Time at GBC
10 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Preschool Teacher

Current Profession
Retired District Sales Mgr. – Kenway Distr. Inc.

Bill Hinton

Wife
Carrie

Children
Megan Shaffer (Jeff) and Allison Hinton

2 Grandchildren

Time at GBC
18 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Chairman of the Deacons

Current Profession
Retired Lineman for AT&T

Matt Lowe

Wife
Ashly

Children
Grace, Faith, Anna, Rachel and Matthew

Time at GBC
8 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Small Group Leader

Current Profession
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Civilian (non-military)

Callie Manias

Husband
Nathan

Time at GBC
15 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Small Group Leader in the Student Ministry

Current Profession
Student Ministries Intern at GBC

Reuben NesSmith

Wife
Korinne

Children
Brayden, Bryson, and Braxton

Time at GBC
17 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Elder, Small Group Leader

Current Profession
UPS Airlines - IT

Kathie Poe

Children
Faith, Julia, Katie, Rachel and Matthew

Grandchildren
Prince, Chancellor, Sovereign, Lily, Elijah, Faith, Canon

Time at GBC
25 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Bible Teacher

Current Profession
Author and Speaker

Brandon Ratliff

Wife
Sarah

Children
Madison, Emma, and Asher

Time at GBC
3 years

How you are serving at GBC?
Small Group Leader

Current Profession
Store Manager at Lowe’s Clarksville

Dana Smith

Husband
Duane

Children
Cynthia Smith and Olivia Popham

Time at GBC
28 years

How you are serving at GBC?
First Impression, Marriage Mentoring

Current Profession
Retired

PASTOR CRITERIA/QUALIFICATIONS

The list below is not an all-inclusive list;

  • According to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 A lifestyle that demonstrates obedience to Christ’s teachings; consistent spiritual and biblically moral character and the leadership qualifications of an overseer.
  • Candidates will need a biblical foundation and ability to rightly divide the word of truth.
  • Prior experience in a lead ministry role with proven communication skills.
  • Proven skills that foster trust, fairness and teamwork among staff, members, and the church family, and a common focus on excellence in all areas.
  • Have a history of faithful ministry experience and compelling desire to reach the unchurched in our Neighborhoods, Nations and the Next Generations.

OUR PROCESS

At this time, we are no longer receiving resumes.