General Information

2013 Associate Ministers

Vine Street Baptist Church has a history of teaching the next generation of ministers. Many staff members are students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and we are honored that we can help them as they develop their ministry in the Lord’s Service.

In addition to his role as Associate Preaching Pastor at Vine Street Baptist, Phillip Bethancourt serves as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary. In his current position, Dr. Bethancourt focuses on recruiting, student retention and strategic initiatives that enhance student enrollment. Phillip is happily married to his wife of 8 years, Cami. They have three boys. When Phillip is not working at the seminary or for the church, he enjoys all things related to Texas A&M and spending time with family and friends.

Associate Todd Burus is in his final semester at Southern.  Upon graduation his family plans to relocate to Boston and plant Coram Deo Community Church in the Charlestown neighborhood. Originally from Lexington, KY, he attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, completing degrees in Mathematics, before being called into vocational ministry. Todd has been working working with our Youth and assisting Pastor Ben in some ministerial roles since last semester. Todd has a wife and two children.

Associate Pastor Chris Moss comes to Vine Street Baptist from Walhalla, SC. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree is horticulture. Chris began working alongside Pastor Ben last semester in several administrative and ministry projects. This semester, Chris will be responsible to continue with some of the administrative duties, especially with coordinating our evening service activities. Chris has been a student at Southern for 3 years in the Masters of Divinity program focusing on Christian Ministry. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two boys  and live here in Louisville. Chris hopes to graduate in May of 2014, and he and his family are excited to be a part of Vine Street Baptist Church.

Associate Chris Wells is the newest member of the Vine Street Baptist pastoral staff and serves as Worship Pastor. Chris’ primary role is to lead the worship service each week and plan the services around the sermon and sermon series. He also helps Pastor Ben with other various ministry activities throughout the week. Chris is from Camden, Alabama and is an M.Div. student at Southern Seminary. He has been married to Laura Don for about a year, and they currently live in Louisville.

Optional inclusion: Phillip claims responsibility for match making Ben & Julie Dockery because he was the one who coordinated their first time to spend time together.

One of these Associates claims responsibility for match making Ben & Julie Dockery because he was the one who coordinated their first time to spend time together.  Can you guess which one? Leave your guess in the comment section, below.