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 college 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 up to a full-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!


If interested, please apply by clicking here.

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, wife April, has two sons, Lincoln and Crew; and Brandon, married to Rachel, has 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 in this position since 2010. I have two sons and five grandchildren.

Harry Wessel

Facility Coordinator

As a retired maintenance director for the Kenton County School district and long-time member of Erlanger Baptist, Harry is uniquely equipped to oversee the maintenance and needs of our facility.


If you have any facility concerns, please let him know! The care and upkeep of this facility drives him day in and day out to ready our grounds for ministry.

Pam Rice

SonLight Preschool Director

Pam joined our staff during the summer of 2021. As a retired educator and seemingly life-long preschool ministry volunteer at EBC, Pam is a wonderful fit for SonLight and the ministry we have to the young children and families in the Erlanger community and beyond!


Learn more about our SonLight Preschool here.