Who We Are
For almost 50 years, Hurstbourne Baptist Church has offered the hope of Jesus Christ to those living in East Louisville and beyond. We exist to glorify God and make disciples of Jesus Christ in our neighborhoods and among the nations.
Jacksonville, Florida native Jeremy Pellum joined Hurstbourne Baptist in 2018, after serving several years as South Campus Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Jeremy completed his undergraduate degree at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, his MDiv at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his PhD at Southern Baptist Seminary.
Jeremy married his best friend, Mary, in 2006 and they are the proud parents of Noél, Eli, and William. Jeremy enjoys playing tennis, collecting coins, reading history, eating Cuban, and listening to Pastor Chuck’s playlist.
Top things Jeremy loves about HBC and Louisville:
- Eating kabobs for lunch at Shiraz Mediterranean Grille.
- Finding any chance to eat vaca frita at Havana Rumba.
- Walking the Big Four Bridge at Louisville Waterfront Park.
- Spending time with friends and families at HBC.
- Hanging out with his favorite four faces that live in his “old Kentucky home.”
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Pastor Chuck Lewis and his team are responsible for bring the harmony and vibrancy of worship to life at Hurstbourne. A native of South Carolina, Pastor Chuck has been on staff at HBC since 2016. Pastor Chuck believes that music in the church should match the purpose of the church, which is ministry: ministry to God, to the people of God, and to those in the world.
Prior to joining HBC, Pastor Chuck was the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as serving as adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Pastor Bill Keith, the worship pastor at First Baptist, had the biggest impact upon Chuck’s life. “He took a chance and hired me fresh out of seminary to be his Worship Associate,” Chuck explains.
In addition to his role at HBC, Pastor Chuck is also the Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he also directs their vocal ensemble, Doxology.
Pastor Chuck holds a BME from the University of South Carolina, an MME from Florida State University, an MCM from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Interesting facts about Pastor Chuck:
- His favorite passage of scripture is Philippians 2:1-11.
- He loves Disney and visits Walt Disney World as often as his schedule permits.
- He prefers chocolate milkshakes to anything else.
- He first learned to play the piano, and then the clarinet.
- His ultimate playlist would include Whitney Houston, Karen Carpenter, and Claude Debussy.
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Family Pastor Vince Scarbrough is charged with not only steering the youngest members at HBC, but providing families the support and resources they need to be disciples in their children’s lives. “Parents are the greatest influence on their children’s spiritual lives,” Pastor Vince explains.
Pastor Vince joined the HBC staff in 2010, having previously served in other churches in his native Alabama. Pastor Vince graduated with a BS from Troy State University, an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
On Sunday mornings, you will find Pastor Vince directly overseeing our lively HBC Kids Ministry. This dedicated ministry area is a safe and secure place for children from birth to fifth grade, staffed by dedicated volunteers and teachers who share the gospel through age-appropriate curriculum.
A board member of Re:Center Ministries, Pastor Vince regularly hosts Bible study and mentorship to men overcoming homelessness and addiction. “One of my favorite things to do is to spend time with the guys and have conversations about Jesus,” Pastor Vince says.
Pastor Vince has been married to his lovely wife Teresa since 1993, but can’t exactly remember when they met. “Our parents lived less than a mile from each other, and her dad was my Little League coach,” he says. “We were even in the same grade in school. For as long as I can remember, Teresa has always been part of my life.” Vince and Teresa live in Sellersburg, Indiana, and are the proud parents of Caleb and Olivia.
Other facts about Pastor Vince:
- He thinks a tall glass of sweet tea should never run empty.
- As a kid, he once got his arm stuck in a pew at church, prompting several people to rescue him.
- He loves the Jason Bourne movies.
- He enjoys woodworking and kayaking.
- He’s an avid fan of Auburn University.
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When you won’t find him leading the youth at HBC, you’ll find Pastor Chase involved in any number of outdoor activities. “I cannot live without nature!” he explains. “To be outside is to be one with God’s creation.”
Since joining the HBC staff in October, 2014, Pastor Chase shepherds the next generation of HBC leaders, overseeing weekly activities and annual youth-oriented events. For Pastor Chase, his life work reflects to Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of salvation to everyone who believes…”
When asked about his favorite annual event, Pastor Chase had one enthusiastic answer. “I really enjoy all of our events and connecting with our youth,” he explains. “But Fall Retreat is so special – it’s an interrupted time together with Jesus and each other. Plus there’s always glow in the dark dodge ball to shake things up!”
For those new to faith, or to HBC, Pastor Chase emphasizes a young person’s highest priority in their teen years is to know who Jesus is, being obedient in following Him, and making Him known to others.
Chase has served on the HBC staff since 2014. He has also served other churches in Tennessee. He has earned a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee, a MA in Teaching from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor’s Chase’s favorite things:
- The University of Tennessee Volunteers.
- Hunting and fishing.
- Taking in a Meteor Shower at Long Run Park in Louisville.
- Being outside in any season, except maybe winter.
- Walking during his quiet time with God (which also keeps him from falling asleep).
South Asian Missions Pastor
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It’s not hard to get enthusiastic about the HBC South Asian Ministry when talking to Pastor Prasad Aghamkar. A native of Mumbai City, India, Pastor Prasad and his family first came to the United States in 2007. He has served with HBC since 2014.
Pastor Prasad completed his BS from the University of Bombay, India, and then God decided to open a different path to him. “I attended the Maharashtra Bible College in India,” Pastor Prasad shares. “It opened my eyes to the great need for the Gospel to all people of the world.”
After serving in India as a Lead Pastor for 15 years, Prasad and his family immigrated to the Louisville area. He has earned an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and hopes to start his Doctor of Missiology program soon. Prasad and his devoted wife Vandana are the proud parents of their daughter Prabhavi and their son Vachan.
Pastor Prasad also leads the Aashirwad Asian Fellowship of Louisville, a fellowship which fosters friendship, fellowship, faith, and food. “Through our Tea Cart and Fellowship Activities, we try to reach our Asian Indian community toward the One who is the truth, light, and the way,” Pastor Prasad says. “There are 10,000-12,000 South Asian people here in Louisville, and when people come to the United States, they bring their religion, culture, customs, and food recipes with them.”
Pastor Prasad is always right at home within these mostly Hindu groups, which are close-knit, social, and very family-oriented. Pastor Prasad’s favorite aspect of the South Asian Ministry is the very popular Indian Tea Cart, held on the HBC grounds during the spring, summer, and fall. “Indian people love Tea/Chai. They drink it with milk and sugar,” Pastor Prasad beams. “It’s more than just a hot drink, it’s an integral part of society, culture, and family.”
Some of Pastor Prasad’s favorite things about Kentucky and Louisville:
- People are friendly.
- Good weather (apart from pollen allergies in the Ohio Valley!).
- The different areas in Kentucky, including mountains, lakes, beautiful cities, and small towns.
- The size of Louisville — not too big and not too small.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- The Kentucky Horse Park.
Administration & Discipleship Pastor
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Pastor Jeff’s passion for discipleship and Christian education is so evident in his role as our Administration and Discipleship Pastor. Originally hailing from Macon, Georgia, he earned a BA from the University of Georgia and an MDiv from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s also served other churches in Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
“The heart of our Christian education ministry is Sunday School, which has Bible study groups for all ages,” Jeff says. “In Sunday School, we seek to embrace people where they are, we explore the Bible with them, and we encourage them to follow Jesus.” On Sunday mornings, you’ll find Jeff teaching an adult Sunday School class. During the week you might catch him grabbing coffee or breakfast with his Life Transformation Group, a small group of guys focused on growing in Christ together.
A member of the HBC staff since 2007, Jeff is the husband of Emily, and father of Seth and Chelsea.
Things you may not know about Pastor Jeff:
- He collects coffee mugs from unique places he’s visited, and enjoys filling one with strong black coffee.
- He enjoys spicy food and hot chicken wings.
- He runs hundreds of miles a year, and signs up for local running events to keep himself motivated.
- He loves to RV camp with his family, and enjoys towing their camper hundreds of miles in search of their next adventure.
- One of his favorite Bible passages is Romans 5:8, which says, but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What We Believe
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ, described in the Bible, is completely true. We believe that God freely gives eternal life to all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Below are a few key excerpts from our church’s statement of faith.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
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. 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 is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
For more on what we believe, see our full statement of faith.