Pastor Keith McWhorter
I was saved by God's grace as a young boy, under the preaching of my Dad, and enjoyed growing in grace with Dad as my pastor in Richmond, KY. Over the last fifteen years, the Lord has faithfully provided me opportunities for spiritual growth in the context of the local church, as well as in the military and business world. As an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, God blessed me with discipline and leadership training / experience. As a Materials Analyst with the General Electric Company, God provided me a glimpse into the “pressure cooker” that is the international economy. It was in 2003 that the Lord called me to preach and pastor, and in 2004, I entered The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving an MDiv. in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth in 2007. Those years were some of the most challenging of my life, but also very enriching. For the last 18 years, my constant friend and lover has been my wife, Michele. God has graced us with two daughters, Meaghan and Keileigh. The three greatest joys in my life are: Knowing God in Christ and being loved by Him, growing in Christ-like love with my wife, and raising my girls to become passionate, gospel-saturated women of grace. To God be all glory!
My passion as a pastor is reflected in our purpose and mission statements: I long for us to be a Christian family of disciple-making disciples who are consumed by the glory of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is what must drive us now and into the future. If you are new to the area and looking for a church, please worship with us soon! If you do, I just know that you will be blessed by God through the Christ-exalting worship, Word-driven preaching and teaching, and the loving unity of the Holy Spirit at CBC. If you are looking for a church that does not just talk about family ministry, but is determined by grace to equip God's people to live in gospel-centered families and marriages, and to raise up children and grandchildren God's way, come to CBC! If you want a church that desires to bend our lives to the absolute authority of the Word, come to CBC! If you want a church where people own themselves sinners saved only by the amazing grace of God in Christ, come to CBC! If you want a church where discipleship is not optional, come to CBC! Gospel-Driven. Christ-Centered. Loving People. Join us!
Pastor Jim Brooks
As I look back on my life, I see where God has been using me and preparing me to be a shepherd of His people. God began the work in me at Unity Baptist Church in Ashland, KY. It was there that God made me know the truth of Christ. It was there that He drew me and began to open my eyes to the beauty of His holy Word. It was also there that He began to use me in leadership positions as a deacon and worship leader.
From that beginning, God has lead Ellen and me to Houston, TX for what we thought was a job relocation, but the truth is that God, in His sovereign will, brought us there to expose me to more opportunities for service and leadership.
Once again God moved us, and this time to Corydon, IN. It was here that God made known His plan to make me an elder of His church, for which He gets all glory and praise.
It is truly a blessing to serve God at Corydon Baptist Church along with my fellow pastors. The greatest blessing is the people that God has assembled at this church. They are a joy to lead, and I encourage you to come visit and join us as we sing “What A Mighty God We Serve.”
Pastor Eric Hall
C.S. Lewis once wrote: “I never knew how bad I was until I tried to be good.” That’s the story of my conversion. God truly chased me down with the law until I was left crying on my bunk bed as a 13yr old. There I was grounded for a month when I was trying to obey my parents. But as hard as I tried I could NOT obey them. I could not please them and could not please God, and I was undone. And even though I had asked to be forgiven before and even sincerely asked Jesus into my heart as a boy I had never really admitted my own badness and helplessness until that moment. I am so thankful for God’s offer to me in that moment and every moment since. The conviction brought out a very simple prayer, “God I cannot be good. But if you, Jesus, will be good for me I’ll take that.” That’s the great news of the Bible. You are bad. You cannot be good. Jesus offers not merely to pay for your badness. Jesus offers you His goodness. That’s the great exchange. Your badness for His goodness. All your horrible wickedness for all His perfect holiness. Will you take Him at His offer?
Psalm 73:25-26 are my life verses. “Whom have I in heaven but You, and I have no desire on earth besides You. My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.” God has used these verses more than any other to bring me back to Him. I commend them to you.
Husband. Father. Shepherd. Three very weighty roles, none of which I’ve earned, all of which require God’s radical grace. Tiffany is my spotless bride. Calvin, Athan, Quinn, and Caedmon are my 4 adventurous boys. Corydon Baptist Church is my loving flock. I don’t have many hobbies outside of hanging with my family [i.e. household and church family]. If I had a clone, I’m thinking I would still hang with my family and my clone would play rugby [instead of just watch it] and probably grow a very large mustache… Sam Elliott large.
May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you and chase you down with His law until you surrender and accept His offer of free grace.
I was raised in a loving Christian family. I started spending my Sunday mornings on a church pew about nine months before I was born. I am the youngest of four siblings who are all devoted followers of Christ and my father was a deacon. Anytime the church doors were open we were there. The things of God were always the priority in our home. Every evening we would gather for a family dinner. Many of our everyday conversations involved truth from the Bible. Although I'm thankful for being surrounded by Christianity it was not enough to make me a Christian.
I had to be confronted with my own sin and my need of a savior. A guest preacher came to our church and explained that God made me to be in a relationship with Him, but I, in my sinful rebellion had earned His just wrath, an eternity in hell. This was seriously bad news that brought me to tears. Then he explained that, in God's great love and in His amazing mercy, He sent His Son Jesus who lived a perfect life and chose to lay down His life for me, taking the penalty that my sin deserved. He died as a substitute so all who believe in Him and repent might be forgiven. And then to demonstrate that God accepted Jesus death as sufficient for my sins God raised Him from the dead. This was good news! This was the best news I had ever heard.
Looking back, I think I probably had heard it many times before, but finally it had gotten to my heart. In junior high and high school my passion for God grew stronger and stronger as I was involved in mission trips, passing out Bibles, service projects, home Bible studies and leadership roles in our church youth group. The more I read the Bible and learned about the Lord Jesus, the more I wanted to be about His work. In 9th grade I decided that, Lord willing, I would become a pastor one day. I was given the opportunity to preach my first sermon before I even had my driver's license. I went on to study theology at California Baptist University and I am currently working on a master's degree in biblical counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is a joy to serve as one of the pastors here at CBC. I am blessed to be the husband of my incredible wife Leslie and the father of Jameson, Isaac, Kathryn and Annelise.
My name is Lori Beard. I am a biblical counselor for women at CBC. That gorgeous man you see in my picture is my amazing husband, Cliff Beard. We've been married 28 years, and we have three lovely, funny, Christian daughters—Ashley, Amy, and Becca. We have one goofy, wonderful, godly son by marriage named David. I've been working as a biblical counselor for about three and a half years. My main area of ministry is women with an emphasis on young mommas. God has given me a great desire for women to be equipped to love and live for Jesus! Therefore, I spend my time discipling, mentoring, training, teaching, and counseling women. It has been my great privilege to see several of those women saved by the Gospel as well as learning to honor God in areas of faith, family, and daily life. My greatest passion is the glory of Jesus. I love to see Him work and move among His people. I love that the Bible is sufficient for every single area of living. I am so stinking excited at what God has done and continues to do at CBC and throughout our community! No matter what is happening in your life right now; good, bad, happy or sad; there is a place for you at CBC. Praise God for a Savior who told me 40 years ago, "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).