Gary Gibson grew up on a dairy farm near Edmonton, nurse Kentucky. He entered the pastoral ministry from Beaumont UMC. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies. Gary has a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.
Gary has served a variety of congregations; rural, downtown, and suburban. His congregations include Scottsville Circuit UMC in Scottsville, KY; State Street UMC (Associate) in Bowling Green, Ky; Epiphany UMC in Louisville, KY; Florence First UMC in Florence, Ky; and is currently the senior pastor at St. Paul UMC in Louisville, Ky. Gary was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1994. He has served on various boards and committees for the denomination. He currently chairs the Kentucky Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Gary has also been a speaker at a number of conferences including “The Emerging Church for the Existing Church,” “emerging umc: a gathering,” Ohio Council of Churches Ministries Convocation, and Navigate Conference. He was the preacher for the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in 2012 and 2015.
Gary is married to Tammy who is the choral music teacher at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School in Louisville. They have two sons Kyle and Caleb and one grandson Ryder. Gary’s hobbies include golf, reading, but mostly being with family.
David was appointed to St. Paul in 2011. David came to St. Paul after completing his Masters of Divinity at Duke University Divinity School. During his time at Duke, David served as the pastor of Shiloh UMC in Liberty, NC. David is also a graduate of the University of Louisville (B.A. in economics). David is married to Miranda Garvin, a physical therapist at Frazier Rehabilitation. Both David and Miranda are natives of Louisville. They have two children, Eva and Ben.
Griffin is a graduate of Centre College (B.A. Religion, Anthropology and Sociology) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Griffin is ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has worked in a variety of ministries, including: Chapel Minister and Campus Kids Director at LPTS, youth ministry and mission at two Lexington churches, and camp counselor, co-assistant director, and director of mission at Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center in Irvine, Kentucky. Most recently, Griffin completed a year of residency as chaplain at the VA in Lexington. Griffin loves reading and art and spending time with family and friends.
Cody joined the ministry at St. Paul in 2014, coming from Central Texas, where he was born and raised. Cody and his wife, Erika, a Louisville native, moved to Louisville following the reception of their Master’s degrees (M.A. in Religion – Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and M.Ed. – Texas State University, respectively). Together, Cody and Erika have served in diverse congregations from rural to suburban before coming to St. Paul. Their theological emphases are diverse as well, focusing on subjects such as family discipleship, agricultural ethics, experiential faith, and thinking outside the box. Together they play acoustic Americana music as The Brown Mollies, and are in love with the Highlands.
Cullen joined the St. Paul staff in 2011, but has been a member at St. Paul since 1985. Cullen grew up in the Episcopal Church in Oxford, Ohio and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Charles, have two adult children, Marjorie and William. Cullen is grateful for the many ways St. Paul has nurtured her faith and enjoys developing spiritual formation opportunities that connect the St. Paul congregation more deeply with their own faith journeys, with God, and with each other.
Amy received her degree in Psychology and Child Development from WKU and has worked with children with emotional and behavioral disabilities at Seven Counties and with children with developmental delays through First Steps. She was working at First Steps when God called her to ministry with Children. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry at Middletown UMC for 8 years before coming to St. Paul in 2015.
Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, Tim, and they have 3 beautiful children, Hannah, Hailey, and Hayden. When she is not driving them around their numerous activities, she enjoys reading and running. Amy and her family are so excited to be at St. Paul!
Lori has been on staff since 2001. Lori helps leads the Koinonia worship service. Lori also assists with the Welseyan and Caroler choirs and Music Camp. Lori holds a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma Baptist University, Master of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Institute of Worship Studies. Lori and her husband, Bruce, have four children, Nina, Gideon, Deborah, and Peter, and a granddaughter, Sofia.
Jim McFarland became the Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul in the spring of 2013. Jim earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music at Union College in Barbourville, KY. He also holds an M.M. and D.M.A. in organ performance from the University of Kentucky. A lifelong United Methodist, Jim has served in various denominations throughout his music ministry. Jim has been married to his wife, Becky, for 22 years, and they have two sons – Andrew and Patrick. In addition to his passion for music ministry, Jim enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Jim Rittenhouse has been Associate Director of Music since 1996; he helps lead music and worship at Koinonia. Additionally, he assists as conductor with the Chancel Choir and is the bass section leader. Since 2009, Jim has served as the Director of the Youth Choir. He holds a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University and a Master of Church Music and Performers Certificate from Southern Seminary. He enjoys singing professionally for area choral and orchestral groups. Jim is owner of McKinney Speakers Bureau and R2 Impact where he represents and produces speakers and entertainers. Jim and his wife, Janet, have two adult daughters, Katie and Anna, and one rather ornery cat named Wolfie.
Karla has been a part of the music staff at St. Paul since 1996. She teaches the preschool music class and directs the Wesleyan Choir. Karla is an alto soloist and section leader for the Chancel Choir. Karla holds a B.A. in Church Music from Asbury College and a Master of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Karla and her husband, Tom, reside in Oldham County and have twin sons, Nathan and Evan.