BJ Donahue

Lead Pastor

Born and raised in Lexington, I attended the University of Kentucky. At UK, I earned an undergraduate degree in Secondary Math Education and Masters in Education. During those years I was heavily involved with UK’s Baptist Campus Ministries where I met my wife, Melissa, to whom I have now been married since 2002. After initially teaching at Dunbar HS for a couple years after college, we moved to Louisville so that I could pursue an MDiv in Biblical Studies at Southern Seminary.

Since 2006, I have been in full-time ministry off and on, serving in various roles including: student pastor, administrative pastor, senior pastor, and interim pastor. We returned to northern Kentucky in August 2017 when we accepted the position to join Erlanger Baptist Church.

Melissa and I have five kids, ranging from high school to elementary: Joshua, Lauren, Jacob. Lily, and Joseph. I love my family and our church and I'm excited about God's ministry through our faith family as we look to the future together.

Eric Thomason

Associate Pastor & Children's Pastor

As a young person I felt a strong leaning to invest in the lives of children.  I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education & Cognitive Studies fully planning to teach Elementary students for the rest of my life.  

God called me to full-time ministry while I was teaching 1st grade in a public school in Nashville. He confirmed that He wanted me to minister to children and families while I was on staff at a children's camp called Centri-Kid. God further equipped me for His calling during my time at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where I received a Master of Divinity in Christian Education.

I am blessed to have served in full-time vocational ministry for more than 16 years alongside my amazing wife, Kelli, who God has also called to ministry. With God’s help, we are striving to raise our joy-filled daughter, Caroline, and our precious son, Corban, so that they love God and embrace Jesus. Together we seek to walk alongside Jesus as he transforms the hearts of children and their families.

Randall Rearden

Student Pastor

I married my sweetheart Kelli in 2011. We are the proud parents of our daughters, Grace and Elliana. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a B.A. in Broadcasting and from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MDiv in 2015. I started in ministry at EBC in January 2016 and I’m excited to see how God moves in the lives of students at EBC and in our area. My goal is to see the lives of students radically changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see those students influence those around them toward Him.

I love spending time with my family, and watching sports (especially NASCAR). If you don’t find me at church or with students, chances are I’m getting coffee or watching auto racing somewhere!

Pavel Urruchi

Hispanic Pastor

I joined the team at EBC in March 2015 as the Hispanic Lead pastor. My wife Leah and I have two children, Isaac and Briana. I am a native of Lima, Peru where I lived until I was 29 years old. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from William Carey Baptist University in 2011. I also received my Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. I have served in other churches in Arkansas and Mississippi as a pastor. I enjoy playing soccer, playing the guitar, games, laughing, and having a good time.

I’m a little biased about my cuisine taste since Peruvian food is considered one of the best in the world.:-) So once in a while I visit Lima Limon to remember home. It’s located in Florence across from the Mall. Give me a call to go to eat there with you if you like to experience new exotic food.

Worship Pastor

EBC is currently seeking a part-time Worship Pastor. It is our prayer that as we wait for God to reveal His next man for this position that we continue to worship and sing His praises!

Darla Faris

Administrative Assistant

I grew up at EBC and have been employed here since 1982. I am married to Mark. We have two sons, Eric married to April who have two sons, Lincoln and Crew; and Brandon married to Rachel who have a daughter, Elle, and a son, Nash. I love spending time with family, reading and traveling.

I love to eat at Pompano Joe's in Destin, Florida...I will meet you there, just let me know in advance so I can take off.

Beverly Lucas

Financial Administrative Assistant

I retired from teaching with some thirty plus years. I didn’t like being a “stay-home” person so when this opportunity became available, I applied. I have been here eight and one half years.

My husband, Roy, and I have two sons and five grandchildren.

Facility Coordinator

Seeking Candidates

EBC is currently accepting applications for this ministry position.  If you have experience in coordinating and maintaining a large facility and heart to serve Jesus, please email

SonLight Preschool Director

Receiving Resumes Now

While Dara Hale is our Interim Preschool Director, our SonLight Ministry Team is actively praying and seeking the Lord in regard to finding the next Director of our SonLight Preschool Ministry.  

The SonLight Preschool Director of Erlanger Baptist Church is an educational leader, passionate and dedicated to the ministry of preschool children.  The director leads a preschool with an enrollment of approximately 100 children in a Bible-based curriculum to educate and develop children in both an academic and spiritual setting.  The director works in collaboration with the church ministerial staff and will be expected to become a member of Erlanger Baptist Church.  SonLight Preschool is a preschool of excellence and follows the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards.

If you are interested in the ministry position, please e-mail