The Staff Parish Relations Team met with Bishop Fairley and District Superintendent Alvarez on Friday March 15 and were introduced to Rev. Dr. Brian Ebel, his wife Mandy and their two children Sarah, age 10 and Luke, age 8. Brian will be appointed as the seventh Lead Pastor in the 43 year history of St. Luke at the Kentucky Annual Conference, meeting June 10-12. Brian and his family will then be joining the St Luke family on Sunday, June 30th.
Brian currently serves as the lead pastor of Revolution United Methodist Church in Louisville. He was the founding pastor of that church in 2010. Prior to that, he served as both Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor at St Paul UMC in Louisville.
Brian is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he graduated from Aquinas College. He also studied in the MBA program at Western Michigan University and started a career in business before God called him to full time ministry. He then received a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. While in Seminary he served as pastor of Antioch and Mackville UM churches. He also has earned a PhD in Systematic Theology from the London School of Theology and Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. In addition to pastoring the Revolution Church, Brian is also serving as an adjunct professor of theology and preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Brian is a visionary leader, teacher and communicator, and disciple-maker who utilizes his business skills to transform strategic plans into tactical initiatives. He has successfully partnered with leadership teams in the churches he has served to create spiritual vitality, attendance growth, new missional partnerships and development of new and existing leadership. Brian, Mandy, Sarah and Luke are all very excited about their appointment to St Luke. They are looking forward to getting to know every one of you and continuing to grow the Kingdom by releasing God’s love and hope in the Lexington community and the rest of the world.
Please be in prayer for the Ebel family and the church during this time of transition.