That’s what we’re counting on! We trust that God will bring to us just the right person to lead the Kentucky Region into the future. This blog was created to keep you informed on our process and our progress. Please let us know if you have any questions by using the “Contact” link. And, as always, keep us in your prayers!
Hey Kentucky Region! Sorry to be out of touch for so long, but we’ve been busy gathering and sorting through the responses to our Regional Minister Search Survey. We received 88 responses, which gave us a lot of good data to work with. The team is in the process of summarizing the answers to the six questions so that we can begin to put together a regional profile that can be shared with potential candidates. We hope to finish that work by the end of November.
Thanks to everyone who filled out a survey and to all those who are praying for our process. We’ll post another update when we have finished our work with the survey results.
Chair, Regional Minister Search Team
Your Regional Minister Search Team held their first meeting on Saturday, June 8, at First Christian Church in Louisville. The purpose of our retreat was two-fold: (1) to receive Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training from April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation for the DoC, and (2) to allow John Mobley, Regional Minister for the Alabama/Northwest Florida Region, to take us through the search orientation process. Our denomination has a specific process outlined for executive searches. The process is more involved than finding a minister for a church, so John was helpful in making sure we were off to a good start.
At the end of our retreat, we outlined several next steps. First, we’re going to review the current position description for the regional minister to see if it needs to be updated. Second, we’ll be reaching out to congregations across Kentucky to solicit input as we prepare our Regional Profile to be shared with candidates. That input can be given two ways. First, we’ve created an online survey that allows you to give us direct feedback on the position of regional minister. You can find that survey here. Feel free to go ahead and fill it out!
Second, we’ll be sending emails to all the pastors in the region with printable paper versions of these surveys. We encourage you to contact your pastor if you’d like a paper copy. Those can then be filled out and mailed to us at:
Regional Minister Survey
c/o Crestwood Christian Church
1882 Bellefonte Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
We’d like to have all the surveys filled in and returned by July 28, when the search team will start to distill this information into a Regional Profile. Once the position description and congregational profile are approved by the Regional Board, then we can start advertising the position and receiving candidates.
If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact me at kory@crestwoodchristian. Our team is committed to transparency (while maintaining confidentiality) and keeping the region informed of our work. Your prayers and support are most appreciated!
Kory Wilcoxson, chair
on behalf of the Regional Minister Search Team
Executive Search Team
We are honored to serve on your behalf as part of the Executive Search Team that is tasked with finding the next Regional Minister in Kentucky. We appreciate and welcome your prayers as we seek to faithfully fulfill this call.
Kory Wilcoxson, Chair
Rev. Kory Wilcoxson serves as Senior Pastor at Crestwood Christian Church (Lexington). He is a D.Min. student at Lexington Theological Seminary and an M.Div. graduate of Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis). He is married to Leigh; they have two daughters and two dogs. He is a runner and a Cincinnati Reds fan. Kory has served as Moderator of CCK and the Council on Christian Unity. Most recently, Kory has been chairing the Restructure Committee for CCK.
Syvoskia Pope, 1st Vice Moderator (CCK)
Rev. Syvoskia Pope serves as Pastor at New Century Fellowship Christian Church (Louisville). She is a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary. She is a bi-vocational community leader for Louisville Metro Government, and she provides Community Economic Development services for entrepreneurs. She is also the owner of Exousia Financial, LLC. Syvoskia serves on several boards and committees of the Christian Church of Kentucky: she is 1st Vice Moderator, Co-Convener of New Church Ministry, board member of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, and serves on the CCK Reconciliation Team.
Paul Jackson, Personnel Committee Chair (CCK)
Paul Jackson is a lay leader at First Christian Church (Covington). Born into a devout Southern Baptist family, Paul changed his membership to Disciples of Christ when he met his wife Sheri. He retired from Procter & Gamble in June 2018 after 34 years of global supply chain work. Paul’s hobbies include golf and reading. He has served the Region on the Regional Board as Chair of Budget & Funds in a previous biennium in addition to his current service as Chair of the Personnel Committee.
Laura Barkhauer is a member of Beargrass Christian Church (Louisville). She has been a member of the Christian Church (DOC) for over 25 years, and has served as an Elder, a Sunday School Teacher, a VBS leader, a Children’s Ministry member and chair. For many years she has served on the Christmount Council & Board, currently serving as the Moderator. She spends time volunteering in her community, currently with the American Cancer Society as chair of the local Relay For Life event. Laura is a licensed real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty Consultants. She is married to Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith & Giving of the Christian Church (DOC). They have three children & two grandsons.
Rev. Darrell Hayden is the pastor of High Street Christian Church (Mount Sterling). He has been the pastor for the past 23 years. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a major in Philosophy and Black Studies. He is married to Jacqueline; they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Darrell has previously served as Moderator for the Christian Church In Kentucky and currently serves on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Antonio Sherrill serves as a lay leader at Second Christian Church (Mayfield). He is a 5th grade teacher at Mayfield Middle School, where he has worked for the past 10 years. Antonio is the father to a son and a daughter. He is a candidate for Commissioned Ministry.
Rev. Linda Creason is a member of First Christian Church (Paducah). She is married to David (63 years). They have three children, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She served as Office Manager at an outpatient radiology clinic for 35 years. At age 50, Linda went into ministry. She became a Commissioned Minister in December 2009. She ministered at Bardwell Christian Church for over 13 years. She then served as interim at Dawson Springs on two separate occasions for about 1 year each time. Linda still does pulpit supply in the West Area. She has served on the West Area Board and the state CWF Board.