I'm New Here

WELCOME to Jeffersontown Baptist Church.  If it's your first visit, we're happy you're here! We know that attending any church for the first time can sometimes feel awkward. There's different music, people going here and there like they know what they're doing, and lots of traditions that may make you feel like you don't belong.  Let us help you feel more at home! JBC is a place where you don't have to be fluent at "church" in order to start or continue a journey with God.  Our desire is that you will find JBC to be a place of hope in Jesus Christ, growth in God's Word, and peace in a loving community. 


OUR OFFICES You can find JBC's offices at 10011 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown, KY. The Church office is located on the west side of the building next to the playground. Our office hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-3:00PM.   


WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAY Parking is behind the church. Door access is on both the west and east sides. If you are in need of handicap entry and elevator access, please use the east side entrance (closest to Trinity Chiropractic). At J-town, our members and staff wear everything from a suit and tie to shorts and a t-shirt, so wear what works best for you! As you enter the building, our greeters will be available to help point you in the right direction. At 9:00AM, you can join us in the fellowship hall for a FREE church-wide breakfast. At 9:45AM we invite you to join us in Bible study. We have four intergenerational Bible Study Groups that meet on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the education building. A greeter will assist you in finding a classroom. If you have small children, our greeters will show you where the children's area is so your children can enjoy nursery, Sunday School, and Extended Session. "Jtown Students" also meet for Bible Study at this time.   

At 10:45AM, our Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary. You can access the Sanctuary from the 2nd floor hall in the education building or through the front doors of the church. All children ages 3 years through kindergarten are welcome to participate in Children's Church Extended Session. Nursery care is available for infants in the children's area on the 2nd floor. 

At 5:00PM, JBC members meet together for life groups. For more information about these groups ask about joining one when you visit. 


ON WEDNESDAY Each Wednesday at 6:45PM there are opportunities for fellowship, study, worship and Bible study for all ages.  The nursery is available for infants in the children's area on the 2nd floor, and children are invited to attend Project KID which begins at 6:45pm, and students break off for youth activities or join Mid-Week Worship. Prior to service each week, we gather for a meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00PM! Feel free to join us for both if you are able!

Our Beliefs

We embrace a fundamentally evangelical Christian identity and are thus in agreement with historic confessions such as the Nicene Creed, the Second London Baptist Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism, as well as the affirmations and denials set forth by Together for the Gospel.  Our confessional statement is adapted from The Baptist Faith and Message. 


THE BASICS


God - We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being: the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and

Ruler of the universe. God is the essence of perfection, all powerful and

all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. We believe that the eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, 

Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of

nature, essence, or being.


Man - We believe that in the beginning man was innocent of sin and was given the freedom of choice by his Creator. Through the temptation of Satan, and by that

free choice, man rebelled against God, bringing a nature inclined towards sin into

the human race. God's grace is the only way of restoring man's relationship with God, and enabling man to fulfill his creative purpose. We believe that man was made in God's image. In this image we see the beauty of human personality and creativity; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


Christ - We believe that Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. As a man, Jesus perfectly upheld the law, and became the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His substitutionary death on the cross. He was physically raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples and over 500 others before ascending into heaven where he is now exalted at the right hand of God. He is fully God, fully man, the One Mediator between God and man. He will one day return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete His redemptive mission. 


Salvation - We Believe that Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, 

in Christ alone. It is freely given to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  

In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, 

and glorification. 

     A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace where we become new creatures in Christ. It is a change of heart by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, seen through conviction of sin and turning toward God in faith. We believe that turning from sin and believing in Christ are inseparable experiences of grace.

     B. Justification is God's gracious and full forgiveness of our sin because of the righteousness of Christ applied to our account.  

     C. Sanctification is the lifelong process of becoming more like Christ. Growing

in moral and spiritual maturity. 

     D. Glorification is the fulfillment of salvation. Eternity in the presence of God,  living in the fullness of how we were created to live.


Bible - We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to mankind. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, 

and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  We believe that the original writings are completely perfect and without error, and that those writings have

been preserved by God and translated by man with unwavering reliability. We believe it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and

religious opinions should be tested. 


Baptism - We Believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience, symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; and the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. 


Lord's Supper - The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience where followers of Christ eat of the bread and drink of the cup to remember the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.


If you would like to discuss any of these core beliefs, please contact us at office@jtownbaptist.com.



Our Ministry Staff


  • Pastor Dolan

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Dolan was called in 2008. He served as Student Minister at Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Hannibal, MO prior to moving to Louisville. Through his military service in the Iraq War, God gave him a passion to see the nations reached with the Gospel. He graduated from Hannibal LaGrange University with a BA in Bible in 2002 and in May 2013, he graduated with his Masters of Divinity with a Concentration in Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary. Pastor Dolan is a PhD student in the area of Christian Missions, World Relgions, and Islam. Dolan met his wife, Kim, at HLGU. They have been married for 13 years and have four children: Caedmon, Hudson, Violet, and Rowan. They are also in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. 


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  • Cameron Beckerdite

    Associate Pastor of Worship

    Pastor Cameron came to Jeffersontown Baptist Church in 2010. He graduated from Hannibal LaGrange University with a BA in Bible. In 2011, he graduated from Southern Seminary with an MA in Church Music. His passion is to lead the people of God in biblical, thoughtful, spirit-filled worship, and to be a helpful resource for other churches seeking to do the same. He is an inspiring song writer and composer as well as skilled musician. His latest piano instrumental album, "Test of Time" was released in 2015. Cameron met his wife, Ashley, at Jtown while leading worship. They married in March of 2015.


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  • Grant Murdock

    ASSociate Pastor of discipleship

    Grant grew up in Columbia, MO. He began following Jesus in high school, where he lead FCA and served in youth ministry. After this Grant completed internships at Macon First Baptist Church and Crosspoint Church in St. Louis, under Pastor Shawn Craig of Philips, Craig, & Dean. Grant met his wife Brittani at a youth retreat their senior year. He is planning to graduate in May of 2017 from Southern Seminary with a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity, and is also pursuing certification in Biblical Counseling with IBCD & ACBC. Grant has a passion to see broken and hurting people grow in their love of the Savior in the context of a vibrant community of faith. 


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  • Andrew Reece

    DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRY

    Andrew was raised at Jtown Baptist Church from childhood through high school. He received his B.S. from Murray State University. While in Murray, Andrew served as the Youth Minister at Elm Grove Baptist Church. In the fall of 2015 he moved back to Louisville. He now attends Southern Seminary in pursuit of God's call to international missions. Andrew and his wife Lara grew up together at JBC and married while at Murray State. They have two children: Gideon and Juliet. 


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  • support Staff

    Ruth Watson - Church Secretary

    Doris Connor - Music Secretary and assistant

    David Redmon - Church Custodian




Our History

On October 12, 1845, thirty people of mixed racial background chartered “The Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Jeffersontown.” Today this same church is known as Jeffersontown Baptist Church. For years after the organization, the church met together on the 4th Saturday and Sunday for preaching and fellowship. In the early decades of the church’s history, church discipline was practiced with great frequency. Members were expected to abide by the Church Covenant and those who broke it were reprimanded. Though later members would look back at this era with skepticism, the church’s effort was to establish purity within the church in hopes of honoring Christ.  In 1866 the Church bought the lower level of the Masonic Lodge and began meeting there. For the next 60 years, (until 1926), the Church continued to share the Masonic Lodge with area Masons. In August of 1916, the Church disbanded and then reorganized in order to trim the church roll and reestablish a regenerate church membership. 


In 1924 the church had purchased the property which we occupy today. Church records document 145 members at that time. Construction on the first building began in August of 1926. The first service was held in the basement in December of that year. The first meeting of record held in the sanctuary was on April 8, 1928. Unfortunately, in March of 1937, there was a fire and the building burnt to its foundation. However, the church family remained strong and in 1949 the current building was constructed. In 1963, Sunday School swelled to over 480 attendees, but in a matter of 16 years it had plummeted to approximately 110 members. Over the next three decades, the church’s membership plateaued to 100 - 150 members. In the Church’s history, there were over twenty pastors who served for an average of 2-5 years, while a handful of pastors served longer than 10 years. L. T. Wright and Edward Straney served the church 23 years and 29 years respectively. In the past decade, the church has deliberately focused on more missional activities. The church has supported church members on mission in Kenya, Yemen, South Africa, and Haiti. 


In October of 2008, the church called its 38th pastor, D. Luke Bray. In 2010, the church called Cameron Beckerdite as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Music. Over the last four years, the church has transitioned to an intergenerational Sunday Morning Bible Study and moved toward a more central focus on Missions and Evangelism through the launch of M.O.V.E. This new ministry provides missional focus upon Jeffersontown, Multi-cultural Louisville, North America, and the Ends of the Earth.

Our covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, as the one and only Son of God, and to give ourselves completely to Him and having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with each other to walk together in Him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord.


Therefore, in His strength we make the following commitments:


We will humbly practice mutual accountability and compassionately care for one another in order to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, purity, and love until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity (1 Cor 12:25; Eph 4:13).


We will regularly practice the corporate worship of God and the ordinances of the Church which are Baptism and Communion (Heb 10:24-25).


We will intentionally support and maintain individual spiritual devotion and family discipleship so that our children and those under our care will be led into the service of Christ and the enjoyment of His eternal Kingdom (Deut 6:4-9).


We will cheerfully give of our financial resources for the faithful work of Gospel ministry among us, for the support of the poor, widow, and orphan, and for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples (Isa 49:6; Matt 28:19-20; 1 Tim 5:17-18; Jas 1:27).


We will cautiously guard against the world’s influences while living faithfully for Christ so that we may effectively bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 1:7; Matt 5:13-14).


We will lovingly encourage and if necessary rebuke one another in the spirit of meekness, keeping watch over ourselves also, lest we too be tempted. We will remind one another that in baptism we have been buried with Christ and raised again so that we have an obligation to walk in the newness of life (Matt 13, James, 5:16, 19-20; Rom 6:4; Gal 6:1; 1Thess 5:11).


We will resolutely protect one another from and personally resist the temptations toward idolatry, pride, jealousy, anger, envy, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, greed, theft, sexual immorality, and addictions – for those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21; 22-24; 1 Cor 6:9-10).


We will deliberately build up the body by not slandering one another, lying to one another, complaining about one another, nor provoking one another to anger. We will be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being ever mindful of the grace of God that has been lavished upon us all (Gal 5:26; Col 3:9; Jas 4:11, 5:9). 


We will joyfully submit to one another in brotherly love, pray for one another, and aid one another during times of sickness and distress. We will weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice by cultivating feelings of sympathy, compassion, and respect toward one another (Rom 12:15; Eph 5:21).


We dutifully promise that when we remove ourselves from this body we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Holy Word. May the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (John 10; Phil 1:6; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 1:3-5).