Staff

Dr. Josh Laxton

Lead Pastor

Josh has earned his B.A. from Union University in Jackson, TN, and both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. In addition to his education, Josh also worked for LifeWay Research and Ed Stetzer as a contract researcher, editor, and contributor.  Josh and Joannie have been married for over twelve years and have three beautiful and energetic children: Caleb (11), Ellie (9), and Luke (6).

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Stephanie Eisenback

Ministry Assistant to Lead Pastor

Stephanie is a native of Louisville and has been on staff at Springdale for 14 years. She and her husband, Tim, were married in 1988 and they have three children and five grandchildren.

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Jeremy White

Executive Pastor

Jeremy is from Harrodsburg, KY and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jeannette, were married in 1999 and they have one son, James.

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Jen Mannarelli

Ministry Assistant and Director of Women’s Ministry

Jen is from Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio University. She and her husband, Joe, were married in 1999 and they have two children, Maddie and Lena

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Joel Oates

Associate Pastor

Joel, originally from CA, grew up in a military family allowing him to see much of the US.  He is a graduate of Liberty University and the LU School of Divinity in Virginia. Blessed by his beautiful wife, Michelle, and their three children Hezekiah, Zoe and Boaz, they have dedicated the past 16 years of full-time ministry serving Christ in every way possible.

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Ken Smith

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor

Raised in Indiana, Ken has been married to his wife Christy for 13 years. They have a 3 year old son named Jackson and a 4 year old Golden Retriever named Ruby. They have spent the last 5 years doing ministry on the west coast, most recently in Las Vegas. Ken is a graduate of IUS and was ordained as a Pastor in 2009.

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Jess Snyder

Pre-School Ministry Coordinator

Jess did most of her growing up on a farm in a small town, 2 hours east of Pittsburgh, PA called Creekside.  She met her husband, Justin, at church.  Their families were close all through our childhood but they did not date until later in our college years.  They married in 2009 and moved to Louisville in 2011 for Justin’s work.  He is an air traffic controller at Standiford tower.  They have two children, Caleb and Katie, and live on a small “farm” near Eastwood.

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Josh Cross

Elementary Ministry Coordinator

Josh is from Cleveland, TN. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business at Bryan College and Associate of Science in Nursing from Chattanooga State. Josh is currently pursuing his M.Div. in Great Commission Studies at Southern Seminary He is married to Leslie and they have three kids Chandler, Aniston, and Hannah. His hobbies include reading, swimming, cycling, and running.

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Dr. Brian Combs

Next Generations Pastor

Brian is from Corbin, KY and graduated from UK with a B.A. in Exercise Science and Health promotion and Southern Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education. Brian also completed a PhD in College Student Personnel at UofL. His wife, Carla, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Rodan & Fields consultant. He served at the Baptist Campus Ministry for 11 years at Northern Kentucky University as the Campus Minister. They have two children, Brendan (9) and Haley (13).

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