The Staff

Richard Carver, Jr., Senior Pastor

Richard Carver, Jr., PhD

   Senior Pastor

Richard began serving the Lord in 1986 as a  bi-vocational minister, then entered full-time ministry in 1992. He has a passion to reach seekers and build believers through committed evangelism and community impact. His preaching style is best characterized as preacher-teacher. He is a Kentucky native who loves a good laugh and practical joke. Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Louisville, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pastoral Leadership from Northwestern. He and Stephanie, his high school sweetheart, have been married since 1986. They have two grown children. Richard is an avid soccer fan, enjoys cooking, gardening, auto mechanics, and is a staunch UofL supporter. His motto is, “Dream as big as you can because you can’t out dream God!”

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Jacqueline HawkinsJacqueline Hawkins

Music Director

Jacqueline is a Louisville native who grew up in Pleasure Ridge Park and now resides in Valley Station. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in English fro Florida State University. Jacqueline is currently pursing a Master of Arts in Worship Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Charles Hawkins and they have a son, Charles Michael. Jacqueline enjoys practicing vocal music, reading, and hiking. Through the worship ministry at SJBC, she hopes that believers will glorify    God, build one another up in faith, and motivate one another to witness in the world.

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 TJ Smith

Children’s Director

TJ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville. He and his wife, Amy, grew up in Southwest Louisville and have two beautiful children. As our Children’s Director, TJ works alongside an amazing staff in our children’s department to ensure the message of Jesus Christ is presented to all of the children that visit us here at SJBC. TJ has a heart for teaching children in fun, interactive ways and for serving our community any way he can. His desire is for everyone that visits SJBC to experience the life changing power of Jesus. A true family man, he enjoys every day he gets to spend with his wife and children in their outdoor adventures together.

TJ, Amy with Andrew & Adilyn






Children’s Department: 

  • Nursery – babies and toddlers
  • Children’s Sunday School Classes – up through 5th grade
  • Children’s Church – up through 2nd grade
  • CIA – Children In Action missions study group – up through 5th grade
  • AWANA – Wednesday evening program, August – May – up through 5th grade
  • Vacation Bible School – week long summertime bible study

Our Children’s Department at South Jefferson Baptist Church is made up of many different ministries and opportunities for your children to get involved and learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have programs on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings that provide an opportunity for children of all ages to have fun, get involved, and learn about God. All programs have dedicated staff focused on teaching your child lessons from God’s word, the Bible, while in a safe and fun environment.

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Logan ArnoldLogan Arnold

Education Director

Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minors in Marketing and International Business from the University of Louisville. While attending UofL he met his wife Kiersten as they served together at the Baptist Campus Ministry. As Education Director, Logan leads our Sunday School program, New Members class, and Discipleship efforts. He is passionate about equipping members with the tools for spiritual growth. Logan desires to see South Jefferson Baptist Church have a strong community of believers who live together and strive to see people come to know Christ. He enjoys watching sports, playing video games, listening to Christian rap and having a family.

Sunday School:

We believe our Sunday School program is the heartbeat of our church. Each week members gather together to study God’s word, build relationships, and equip each other to minister to our community. It is our Sunday School program that we welcome new members and follow the call to disciple believers. This program fosters community and develops future leaders and members to serve in the various ministries of the church.

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Stephanie CarverStephanie Carver

Mission and Ministries Coordinator

Stephanie plans mission outreach events and serves to connect people with ministry opportunities. She is married to our pastor, Bro. Richard, and they have two grown children and one granddaughter. Stephanie holds two degrees; Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science. She loves working with people of all ages and enjoys teaching Sunday School and AWANA to her 4th and 5th graders. When she was 10 years old, she gave her life to God and He has never left her side. She is excited about how God is moving in South Jefferson Baptist Church and the surrounding community as He continues to lead her on this adventurous journey through life and ministry.

Myra Carver

Myra Carver

Administrative Assistant

Myra has two children and five grandchildren. She was born and raised in Louisville but spent 21 years in  Florida where she built a successful pest control company. After retiring and moving back to Louisville she began seeking guidance from the Lord. He lead her to South Jefferson Baptist Church where she joined the church and later was offered the position she now holds and dearly loves. She feels the Lord has blessed her tremendously and in return she has promised to live the rest of her days through Him, glorifying His name in all she does. Her work here is different from the rest of the staff but she has learned God can be honored in a lot of different ways and what she is doing is exactly why He has placed her here. Myra says her joys in life are God, Family, which includes Abbie her 5 pound Yorky, and “UK” basketball. We do serve an awesome God!

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