LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Dr. Greg Gilbert, the pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, will be nominated for second vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at the organization’s annual meeting in November.
The 42-year-old Gilbert has done a remarkable church revitalization work in nine years at Third Avenue, growing the church from around 100 to more than 600 while also becoming a vital partner with the KBC.
Steve Hussung, the pastor of Richpond Baptist Church in Bowling Green, said he will nominate Gilbert for the position.
“Three things are pretty prominent for me,” Hussung said. “First thing, he understands the gospel really well. He’s very clear. His book, What is the gospel? is one of the best books on the subject. In today’s world, the gospel is under attack. We need to be clear on it. He’s one of the best in the state for that, if not the best.”
Secondly, Hussing said, is how Gilbert takes care of his flock. Several former members at Richpond have moved to Louisville and landed at Third Avenue where they are “shepherded very well,” Hussung said.
“Third, I love that he has led a great revitalization effort at Third Avenue. It’s a beautiful thing. I love church planting, but church revitalization really, really matters. It will be a blessing for us to have somebody who has done that well leading us in that way.”
Gilbert said the nomination was “unexpected” but appreciated it.
“I’m honored, excited and humbled to accept the nomination,” he said. “It’s very unexpected but still something that, if the convention sees fit, I’m excited to carry out the duties of the second vice-president.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization with 750,000 members, is scheduled to hold its annual meeting at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington on Nov. 12.
Gilbert said Third Avenue has gradually become a participant in the KBC. “When I arrived there (in 2010) we were barely participating in the KBC. Over the years, that’s increased.”
Gilbert said he’s “excited to be in the same room” with other KBC leaders.
Gilbert and his wife, Moriah, first joined Third Avenue when he was a student at The Southern Theological Seminary in 2002. They left shortly thereafter and the church called him to be pastor in 2010.
“The difference in the church from where we joined it in 2002 and to walk into it today, is incredible, just amazing” he said. “All credit to the Lord. It’s incredible to sit back and watch. Martin Luther said he preached the Word and sat back and watched the Word work. I feel the same way.”
Gilbert said he grew up in a Christian home and became a believer at 9 years old. He grew up as a Christian and graduated from Yale University for undergraduate work.
After Yale, he spent some time serving in a few different churches, went to seminary, got married to Moriah, and had three children: Justin, Jack, and Juliet.