ABOUT US

Love God, Love People, and Serve the World.

 

Our vision is to be a community of believers who Love God instinctively, 
Love People
 unconditionally, and Serve the World continually. 

It is our goal to grow in our faith through worship services, Sunday school classes,
LifeGroups, Wednesday night classes, and service inside and outside the church
so we can become more like Christ in our daily lives.


Church of the Nazarene

Gtown Naz is a part of the Church of the Nazarene, the largest Protestant Christian denomination in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church of the Nazarene is now home to 2.7 million members worshiping in over 31,000 local congregations in 164 world areas. The distinguishing belief of Nazarenes is that of entire sanctification, the belief that God calls Christians to a life of holy living.

Pastor Mike Justice

Lead Pastor - mjustice@gtownnaz.org

Mike is a Buckeye from Ohio, but we don't hold that against him--much. He and Lois met in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and have been married for 29 years. They have two kids: Drew, who lives and works in Bowling Green, KY, and Emily, who lives and does ministry with her husband, Hunter, in Lemont, Illinois.

Mike was a Youth Pastor for over 20 before becoming our Lead Pastor in January 2010. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Religion, a Master's Degree in Divinity, and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Pastor Mike's passion is developing disciples who make disciples--he loves to help people make the next step in their spiritual journey to Christlikeness. As well as being our Lead Pastor, Mike serves our community as the Chaplain for the Scott County Sheriff's Office. In his "down time," Mike loves to fish, hunt, golf, play softball, and read. He has a '57 VW Bug that he hopes to restore soon, too.

Rhonda Long

Office Manager - office@gtownnaz.org

Rhonda was born and raised in Louisville, KY, but has lived in Georgetown for over 20 years. She and her husband Bill have been married for 30 years and are avid U of L Cardinal fans. They have 2 daughters and a son-in-law they are extremely proud of: Abbie and Austin, and Emma.

Rhonda has been the church office manager for the past 8 years and has over 15 years office experience in administrative assist, payroll and accounting.

God has given her a heart to help those in need and for mothers and babies, so she is often found in the church nursery.

Pastor Ben Johnson

Youth and Community Pastor - bjohnson@gtownnaz.org

Originally from Russell Springs, Kentucky, Pastor Ben felt called by God into the ministry at the age of 13 while at teen camp. He moved to Columbia, Kentucky and met his beautiful bride, Tarrah. Ben and Tarrah share 5 kids between them. Before coming to Georgetown, Ben spent 4 years as the youth pastor at Threshing Floor Ministry at Columbia Church of the Nazarene. He is very passionate about leading teens as they encounter Jesus and are infused with His presence. In his free time, Ben loves to golf and spend time with family and friends.

Pastors Michelle and Jeff Carden

Pastor to Families with Children  - mcarden@gtownnaz.org

Media & 1st Impressions - jcarden@gtownnaz.org

Pastor Michelle was born and raised in Kansas and felt called to Children's Ministry at just 13 years old, which led her to attend college at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, where she met Pastor Jeff. Pastor Jeff was born and raised in Oklahoma City.  The two fell in love while earning their degrees. Michelle graduated with a Bachelor's in Children's Ministry, and Jeff studied Graphic Design with a minor in Theology. 

They have been married for seven years and have two children: Leo, who is a busy toddler, and Ollie, a joyful baby girl. They spent four years serving in Oklahoma before God led them across the country to Georgetown. 

In their free time, Jeff and Michelle love a good board game, and it's even better when surrounded with friends as well as loving on their two fur babies! 

Both of them have a passion for families and leading families closer to Christ in every aspect of life.
 

Kim Gift

Worship Director  - kgift@gtownnaz.org

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim has lived in Kentucky for over 20 years with her husband Rob. She and Rob have two sons, Robbie and James, and a dog named Stella. In addition to leading worship at GCN, Kim also teaches English at Georgetown College. Kim enjoys curling up with a good book, as well as traveling and spending time with her family outdoors, whether camping, hiking, or attending sporting events. Worship and music have always been an important part of Kim’s life, which she saw modeled by her mom, who was involved in the worship ministry of their home church. She loves the way God uses music to speak to the hearts of His people and desires to helps others find joy in pouring out their praises and worship to Him.