Leader Melody Prinkleton

Our vision for Children’s Ministry is to guide our children to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We will work to prepare them to serve God, love others, and grow in their understanding of the greatness and worth of Jesus Christ.

By God’s grace the Children’s Ministry will endeavor to:

Partner with parents in the nurture and discipleship of their children in the Lord by providing a variety of ministries that aid them in this process during their early parenting years.

Train and equip loving adults and teens to minister effectively to our children. We want to introduce the foundations of our faith, including concepts such as grace, sin, mercy, and justice, through age-appropriate curriculum and experiences.

Model for our children and parents healthy Christian relationships in the body of Christ, as we worship and serve together.

Provide opportunities for all families to be part of the church body. We want to give all our children a sense of belonging within the church family by including them in worship, missions, and outreach.

Leader Rosetta Benford

The purpose of this ministry is to improve and maintain communication between partners in marriage. To learn that a marriage based on a foundation of biblical principles, is not only workable, but offers the most fulfilling relationship humanly possible. It is meant to encourage and challenge couples, in their spiritual journey, by getting them into Gods word, and build their marriage God’s way.

 As you put Gods plan into action with encouragement and grace you will grow in love for each other and the Lord. May the Lord richly bless you as you listen for and respond to his call, living on a higher plain then those around you. One of the cements that hold couples together is a joint commitment to God, common values and activities.


To support Christian marriage as an institution and to promote family values based upon Gods teachings and principles.

Leader Deacon James Rice

      • The primary objectives of the Deacons Ministry of Elim Baptist Church are rooted in biblical principles:
      • To assist the pastor in his mission and vision (Acts 6:3-4, I Timothy 2:7)
      • To be a shining example of Christian virtues (I Timothy 3:8-13, Philippians 4:8)
      • To be humble (I Peter 5:6, Galatians 5:13)
      • To establish a bond with people promoting openness, encouragement and trust (I Timothy 3:1-7. Galatians 5:22-25)


Our goals are to be humble servants, workers in the church and community, and a living testimony and witness for Jesus. To this end we provide…


We the Deacons of EBC are honored to be of service to the church family and the community.  We endeavor to:

      • Assist the Pastor in implementing his vision and programs.
      • Assist in carrying on the business of the church.
      • Assist in the worship, baptismal, and communion services.
      • Make visitations to the sick and shut-in members, providing spiritual and physical support.
      • Address the needs of those who request spiritual, physical and social help
      • Engage in church activities that promote evangelism and missionary service, promoting the Great Commission.
      • Our ministry is concisely summarized in our mission statement


We exist to serve, to help, share, and care for the people of this congregation.  The Deacons of EBC, believe Jesus is the head of the church. He is Lord, Savior and Shepherd. We recognize our Pastor as the undershepherd of our folk, and we follow his leadership as he follows God. We humbly function as Personal Spiritual Assistants to ensure that every church family member receives  the attention, care,  support, and guidance for his/her spiritual growth.

Leader Sister Janice Drain

1 Peter 2:9-10 says; “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

In these verses, we see that the church is to be a living display of God’s glory, a people enraptured by that glory, proclaiming His “praises” to others, and dedicated to living corporately as “the people of God,” that is, “His own special people.” The teaching ministry of The Bridge Church seeks to fulfil the vision of 1 Peter 2:9-10 and move the church more and more toward becoming a living display of the God’s glory. To achieve this end, we must have certain fixed principles:

1) A commitment to the in-errancy of God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16);

2) Faith in its profitability and power to save (Rom. 1:16), instruct, and thoroughly equip the church (2 Tim. 3:17)

3) A commitment to faithfully teaching the whole counsel of God without compromise (Acts 20:27)

4) Willingness to teach with “long-suffering” or patience (2 Tim. 4:2), rather than quitting or giving in to discouragement;

 5) A readiness to work hard (2 Tim. 2:15).

Leader Leontye Crayton

Our job is to have a heart for God eyes for video and an ear for sound

We know that faith comes from hearing and believe that spoken word and song are two of the most important tools for a church service. It is our goal as a media team to provide clear and intelligible sound that is transparent and distraction free to the listener. The goal of the church audio team is to provide audio that is worthy of the worship of Jesus Christ. 

This goal is best accomplished by ministering to the technical, physical, and spiritual needs of those who have entrusted God’s Word to us (those ministering to the congregation) so that we can impart that message to the hearts and ears of the Body of Christ. When someone speaks, prays, or sings the Word of God, it flows through our system. Everything flows through us and flows out from us. If we’re not on top of our game for any time during that hour, it affects the entire service. We believe that the position of sound /video operator is an important mission of the church. We believe that equipping our media team with proper training, equipment and communication skills we can achieve our mission.

Leader Eric Turner

Iron Sharpens Iron

The Elim Baptist Church Vision for the Men’s Ministry is a life-impacting ministry for men, by men and with men; focusing on the transformation of their hearts resulting in living the victorious lives of Godly men and becoming disciples for Christ.

Our Mission is to equip men to live a godly life by serving their family, church, and community. EBC Men’s ministry seeks to empower men to:

      • Grow and live in a Christ-like manner 
      • Develop an effective prayer life
      • Discover and put into use spiritual gifts
      • Build closer personal relationships through social activities

The Men’s ministry seeks to guide the men of the EBC by encouraging one another, serving those in need, and providing opportunities for spiritual outreach.

Our Purpose is to define authentic manhood.  In our society, being a man is confusing.  There are a number of definitions according to the world’s standards.  We will look at the Biblical call to be a real man as one who rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and invests in eternity.

Leader Senior Pastor Vincent E. James Sr.

The Associate Ministers Ministry is comprised of women and men who have been called to ministry, licensed and/or ordained clergy. They must demonstrate that they have answered the call to ministry, the call to preparation and the call to service. Primarily responsible for assisting the Pastor in ministry, the Associate Ministers share their ministry gifts with the body of Christ whenever presented with an opportunity approved by the Senior Pastor.

4 Levels of Training and Service

Those discerning a call to ministry and preparing for public acknowledgment and formal licensure into the preaching ministry.

Licensed Ministers – Those who have been licensed after successfully completing all Minister In Training (M.I.T) documents, classes, training, and evaluations. Ministers licensed by other church congregations will be required to complete abbreviated M.I.T sessions. This level of service will require intense shadowing, mentorship, rotating assignments, pulpit duties, protocol training, and completion of appropriate coursework.

Ordained Ministers – This level of service will lead to specific ministry assignments, leadership duties and opportunities to utilize ones ministry gifts.

Associate Ministers and Associate Pastors A few examples for this level of service would include positions such as: Youth Pastor, Administrative Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism, etc.

Leader Darron Johnson

Mission Statement:  The music department’s mission is to enrich the service through praise, worship and devotion in song.  It is the means through which the soul and spirit reach out to God in worship and praise with a song in spirit and in truth.  The Music Ministry assists the worshippers in centering their thoughts upon God.  For those who are not born again, it will prepare their hearts for the Holy Spirit to minister to them.

Vision: Our vision is to worship God in truth and in spirit and leading people into the presence of God and in adoration, create an atmosphere of openness to the Holy Spirit that will break bondage, change hearts, and bring a release of God’s anointing.  In essence, the Music Ministry will set an atmosphere whereby men will be saved, we may witness His Shekinah glory and usher in the presence of the Lord.

Leader Justine Baltimore

The Elim Baptist Church Pastor’s Aide Ministry provides and/or assists the Pastor and his family with whatever he needs to carryout God’s mission of shepherding His people (ministry).  The ministry also supports the Pastor financially, spiritually, and emotionally, through a variety of activities and services that enhance the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (evangelism).  

Our role includes extending love and support to the Pastor while he provides spiritual leadership/teaching (discipleship) to the members of EBC.  Such support ensures that the Pastor has more time to concentrate on his calling and exercise the gifts and/or talents God has equipped him with worship.  The Pastor’s Aide Ministry is responsible for various items and supplies being at the Pastor’s disposal to accommodate both his office and pulpit needs.  

This ministry spearheads the church’s efforts in celebrating the pastor’s anniversary, birthday, and other special occasions.  Overall, the Pastor’s Aide Ministry extends spiritual care to the “angel” God sent to Elim Baptist Church.  

Leader Trustee Uneka Darby

To ensure that all legal and business documents of Elim Baptist Church are in place and that the operations of the Church properly support the vision. The trustees are charged with leadership of the strategic planning, financial management, business administration, facilities, media, legal and personal functions that help undergird the church’s overall ministry. The Trustees serve as a partner to the senior pastor, concentrating on the business affairs of the church so that the pastor can concentrate on the development of the core ministries through which the church fulfills its mission. Trustees should be very spiritual-minded persons, always dependent of our awesome God to provide guidance in decisions that need to be made regarding the church.

Leader Deacon LaTonya Boyd

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you. In order to bring praise to God.”  ~ Romans 15:7

The mission of the Usher Ministry is to accommodate every Worshipper who enters the church with a seat in the most pleasant and efficient manner possible. 

The EBC Usher Ministry also ministers to the well-being and comfort of the church member as they enter the worship service.  Ushers offer assistance and oversee the orderly gathering of GOD’S  people for worship. Ushers greet, welcome and assist worshipers and guests with comfortable seating to the sanctuary.

Leader Minister Shunda Benford

Teaching and encouraging women to love God and to love others.

Fostering discipleship of women through formal studies together as well as informal discipling of younger women by the older women.

Sharing times together to encourage and strengthen one another in applying the ways of God in our unique roles as women.

Upholding the sanctity of life through celebrations of birth and/or adoption as well as through celebrations of the sanctity of marriage.

Leader Andrea Rice

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”. Psalm 119:105

MISSION   To be a source of compassion, care, and support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The members work to reach out to them to ease such suffering through their presence, so the sufferers will feel the healing comfort of God throughout the community.

GOALS That each parishioner who has experienced the death of a love one will feel the love and support of the members of Maple Springs Baptist Church and the Maple Springs Baptist Church Bereavement Ministry and also the prayers of the total church community.

Leaders DR La-Tisha and Mr. Steven Frazier

Ministry Scripture
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 1:2 (NIV)

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Health Ministry is to further the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by assisting the congregation and community to achieve optimal health and wellness.

Leader Cherrie Vaughn-Pointer

Ministry Scripture

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Mission Statement

To express the word of God through movement.

Youth Ministry

Ministry Scripture

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”  Ephesians 5:1-2

Mission Statement:

The Youth Ministry seeks to encourage young people to learn about fellowship with Jesus, the Christ and become imitators of Him.  We seek to do this through living as a community and being accountable to one another as brothers and sisters.  Youth leaders give themselves as an offering to please God through the disciplining of His beloved children.  Be it dance, song, community service or dinner, we motivate everyone to remember, “Our service is unto the Lord/”

Leader Sheila Frey

Mission Statement:   To exalt Christ, evangelize the lost, educate the community, edify one another and equip the body as we carry out our commission found in Matthew 28:19-20

Vision Statement:   To minister to the “Total Person.”

The Evangelism Ministry believes and adheres to our Lord’s instructions in the “GREAT COMMISSION” (Matthew 28:18-20) to go as you live; teach make disciples; and observe obey all that He has commanded.

It is therefore, our mission to reach lost souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by enhancing the Faith of all Believers so that they can pay it forward. It is by grace that we are saved through faith so, Evangelism is simply “Sharing our Faith and God’s Grace with Others.”

Leader Tim Stringer

Mission Statement – So(w) dance! – To spread encouragement through dance and gospel music.

Vision Statement – To share Christ’s love throughout Louisville through Dance.

Ministry Scriptures

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians‬ 5:11

“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbral and harp.” Psalm‬ 149:3

Leader Sandra Bailey

Mission Statement:

Craft Ministry mission is to sew a thread of God’s love into the hearts of people.

This is for anyone that sews, knits, crochets or just wants to get together to share and learn within Christian  fellowship.

Leader Tre Walton

To provide the support and meet the needs of the ministries to organize, plan, manage, and develop a successful church organization.