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Senior Minister

Brian Gerard

Brian Gerard began serving Middletown as Senior Minister in February 2021.

Brian has more than twenty-one years of experience serving as a senior minister for two different churches. He is a graduate of Phillips University and Yale Divinity School. While at Yale, he received the Calkins Prize for excellence in clear and vigorous pulpit speaking. He also received the Hallam Tweedy prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership. He has four Clinical Pastoral Education credits in pastoral care and is a certified supervisor of the Stephen Ministry Program.

Brian’s wife, Carrie Gerard, is the Executive Director of Eastern Area Community Ministries. They have two sons.

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Minister of Communications & Discipleship

Rachel Freeny

Rachel is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, and is a recent Kentucky transplant. She holds a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication from Samford University and an M. Div. from McAfee School of Theology. She is an ordained minister and served as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for two and half years at a church in Gainesville, Georgia. She is passionate about telling good stories and teaching others how to share theirs. Stories have the power to transform the way we think, help us understand each other, and help us engage in God’s bigger story in the world. Rachel joined the MCC team in May 2018.

Fun: Rachel loves to read and travel. She’s been to every continent except South America and Antarctica.

Faith: In Christ, we are set free to be who God created us to be and called to love each other unconditionally.

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Youth Minister

Corey Miller

Corey is a Louisville native who graduated from Trinity High School in 2008 and the University of Louisville in 2012. He received his Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in 2016. Corey has been serving as our Minster of Media and Youth Connections since October 2016.

Family: Corey and his wife Jessica met their Freshman year at Western Kentucky University and got married in 2014. They have two crazy dogs named Yonah and Zoey.

Fun: Corey is an avid Louisville sports fan and can usually be found spectating or participating in just about any sporting event. He also enjoys traveling, hiking, and snow skiing.

Faith: God loves us no matter what. Because we are loved it is our job to embody that love to the world around us.

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Congregational Care Minister

Melvin LeCompte

Melvin LeCompte is a true Kentucky blueblood, born and raised in the small central Kentucky town of Bagdad. Melvin received his Master of Divinity from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky at Georgetown College, and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Melvin’s passion and gifts of ministry are in the area of pastoral care where he has earned 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from Baptist Hospital East and from St. Matthews Pastoral Counseling Center. Melvin is currently pursuing his third unit of CPE.

Fun: In his spare time Melvin is very passionate about UK basketball and football and attends most games.

Food: Melvin enjoys dining out with his Friday Night Dinner Club and is famous for his homemade sourdough bread!

Faith: Caring for people and meeting them wherever they are and in whatever life crisis they are going through is most important to me. In all my life’s journey the church and its people have been there for me and have walked beside me. That has help shape and create a gift of ministry within me. Jesus’ life and his example on how to care and love people can and should be our way as well.

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Director of Children's Ministry

Amanda O’Mahoney

Amanda graduated from the University of Louisville with her Bachelor of Music with vocal emphasis in 1997 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 1998. She was an active member of the Kentucky Opera, performing in numerous operas there and with the University of Louisville. After college, Amanda taught middle and high school vocal music. In 2002, she decided to stay home with her children. Since that time, she has kept a steady voice lesson studio over the years, judged Kentucky All-State auditions for 10 years, been the festival manager for the Louisville choral festival, and been a guest clinician in the Kentuckiana area for elementary & middle school choirs.

Amanda joined Middletown in 1996 and became the Director of Music Ministry in August 2006. In that capacity, she directed the Disciple & Sanctuary Choirs, two youth choirs and the elementary choir. In the summer of 2014, Amanda was called to focus on the children and youth of the church and took the position as the Director of Children’s and Youth Music. Amanda originated our children’s worship service while still in that position. She continues to direct the children’s choir and was named Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry in November 2016. Amanda was hired as the Director of Children’s Ministry in January 2021.

Family: Amanda and Sean have two children, Fin and Caroline.

Fun:  Amanda has been a fan of University of Louisville sports since birth and cheers for all of their teams.  She also enjoys traveling with her daughter who competes in Irish dancing competitions around the region.

Faith:  My faith is always a journey.  I know that I’m not perfect and God is always molding me.  I love teaching the kids that even though you aren’t perfect, God still loves you and wants you!

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Online Worship Director

Matt Hodges

Matt Hodges joined the Middletown Christian Church staff in August 2019. Matt graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Vocal Performance and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He started working as a Music and Arts Director at a church in 2004 and has served in ministry ever since.

Matt is the Arts Director for a ministry that creates worship services inside of maximum-security prisons and the Music Director for the Wild Goose Festival, one of the largest outdoor gatherings of contemporary Christian leaders and artists in the country.

Matt is also a professional studio vocalist and writes and records music with his band, The Outer Banks.

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Director of Choral Music

Scott Burress

Scott’s role at Middletown has grown from an accompanist to Director of Adult Music Ministries over the past six years. Before joining our staff, Scott taught music and directed middle school choirs for 13 years. During his time as an educator, Scott served as the Choral Division Chair for the Kentucky Music Educators Association as well as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle School Choirs for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Scott is highly sought after as a soloist, guest conductor, and clinician. He has performed all over the world, including performances for two US Presidents and the Pope.

Fun: Scott is an expert on all things Disney and a Lego enthusiast. He’d rather conduct a group than sing any day, but the church loves to hear him sing!

Furry Friends: Scott lives in Louisville with a Boston Terrier and two Pugs named Edgar, Priscilla, and Walter.

Faith: For me, the story of Christmas says it all. “For unto you is born a Savior and He will bring great joy for ALL people.” I love Middletown for this reason … this church lives out the story of Christmas and believes that Jesus came for all of us, not just a few.

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Church Administrator

Sherry Moak

Sherry brings with her a strong background in accounting and financial knowledge and a wealth of experience in many different areas, including consulting work with both for profit & non-profit organizations, extensive leadership experience on non-profit boards, and volunteer experience that includes multiple areas at Middletown. She is currently serving as an Elder and on our Youth Leadership Team.

Family: Sherry and her husband Jim have attended here for nearly 25 years, along with their 3 boys – Alex, James and Andrew.

Fun Facts: Sherry has a strong passion for UK basketball and enjoys zip lining. Her inner elf comes out each fall and she decorates Christmas trees professionally.

Faith: I love volunteering with our youth. They’re smart, funny, creative and live out the love of Christ!

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Newcomer Relations

Larry Vallon

Larry joined the staff in 2006, three years after he and his family joined the church. Prior to working at Middletown, Larry was an employee communications manager for a multinational corporation.

Family: Larry and his wife Bev came to Louisville from Massachusetts in 1991. They have five adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Fun: Larry was a traveling musician for seven years, playing at the Famous Door Music Club on Bourbon Street and venues from Alaska to Florida. These days, he uses his gift as a drummer in one of our praise bands.

Faith: Since joining Middletown, I continue to grow in my faith through prayer and reading scripture. I stopped worrying about the future because Psalm 138:8 tells me that the Lord will work out his plans for my life.

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Business Office Associate

Lisa Helfrich

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Facilities and Grounds Manager

Jeff Wellkamp

Jeff joined the MCC staff in May 2018.  He participates with The Green Team, The Global Leadership Summit Team, the MCC Security Team, and is an Elder Apprentice. Jeff is a 1976 University of Louisville graduate, a former Certified Public Accountant, and a former Medical Device Industry executive.

Family:  Jeff and his wife Lori, became members of MCC in 2004, along with their son, Nicholas, and their daughter, Andrea.

Fun Facts:  Besides volunteering, he likes Bible study, being with family and friends, sporting events, boating, fishing, golf scrambles, movies, and his dog, Piper.

Faith:  MCC involvement encourages me to deepen my faith in Jesus Christ.  MCC’s focus on so many outreach ministries is inspiring. I was drawn to MCC by seeing great ministerial leaders as well as small group leaders.

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Custodian

George Irvin

George has served as our Custodian for almost 20 years, is an ordained Elder and a Stephen Minister. George served as interim senior pastor at Hill Street Christian Church. In 2019, he became a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Family: George and his wife Liz have five children and 14 grandchildren, two of whom live with them.

Fellowship: Always ready with a smile, George has welcomed countless groups and individuals to Middletown. It’s not unusual to find George praying with a technician who has come to repair something or mentoring one of our teens by working side by side with them.

Faith: What drew me to Middletown is the love and warm reception which enabled me to see myself and led me to help others.

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Preschool Director

Carrie Johnson

Carrie is a graduate of Eastern High School and studied Social Work at the University of Louisville. She joined our preschool in 2001, first as a teacher/assistant, then as office manager and has served as the director for eight years.

Family: Carrie and her husband Richie have two children, Lee and Savannah. Now that both kids are in college, they share their empty nest with two cats and a dog.

Fun: Carrie loves crafting and reading, watching baseball, and spending time with her family.

Faith: Middletown has impacted my life by showing radical love through their love of children and all families. God has a plan for all of us and as long as we take time to listen and follow his lead we will continually be blessed. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22

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Preschool Office Manager

Tracey Burden-Hardin

Tracey is an Ohio native who found her way to Louisville over 20 years ago. When her daughter enrolled at Middletown Christian Preschool , Tracey began helping out as a substitute and was hired as Office Manager 12 years ago.

Family: Tracey and her husband Mike have one daughter, Lily.

Faith: My Grandma taught me about God and instilled many beliefs in me at an early age. “She is clothed in Strength and Dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25