Meet the Staff
REV. TODD ROBERTSON - DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS
After almost 28 years of marriage and three wonderful sons, it is clear that God has blessed Todd and Kim Robertson beyond measure. Alec is about to graduate with honors from the University of Louisville. Nathan is a sophomore honor student at Cedarville University in Ohio. And twin, Nicholas is a "full-body smile" and the joy of the house. Nicholas has a rare genetic disorder, Angelman Syndrome, which has severely limited his development, but not his happiness. He is still a student at Butler High School. Kim is an exemplary mom and also works in a school cafeteria and keeps everyone in line. Todd just tries to keep up!
Todd was raised in a Christian home and has been involved in church all of his life. The influence of his parents, through their example of 7-day a week Christianity, has been a vital part of his formation. Todd was raised in Pensacola, Fl, converted by God, and then baptized when he was ten years old.
In the summer following his high school graduation, a dramatic turn came in his future direction. God moved Todd to a desire to be a more genuine follower of Jesus and provided a clear sense of calling for career ministry. During his years at Liberty University, the Lord provided a time for growth, maturity, leadership experience and a better understanding of scripture. Equally important, it provided the intersection for him and Kim. A four-year dating adventure ensued that overlapped into seminary. Following Kim’s college graduation they were married in 1989. He attended Mid-America Seminary in Memphis, TN focusing on church planting. It was during these years at seminary that a passion for sharing Christ and missions really emerged. During this time he served as a college ministry associate, youth minister and church planting associate.
Leaving Memphis in 1991 the Robertsons moved to the Ft. Lauderdale area. Todd was the lead planter of Sawgrass Baptist Church. The new church began quickly and grew to about 150 in the first couple of years. After leaving Sawgrass he served in another church plant and later became a Chaplain for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. This marked a huge transition and provided amazing opportunities for personal and ministry growth. During this time Kim became pregnant with Alec who was born in August of 1994.
In October of 1994, they returned to Todd’s hometown of Pensacola. The closeness of family provided a time of renewal and rest. He worked with the local hospice, served as interim pastor of a church in need, and worked to promote church planting. By the time the move to Louisville was decided two more Robertson boys had been added with the birth of twins Nathan and Nicholas in February of 1997.
The pursuit of a Ph.D. in missions at Southern Seminary drew the family to Louisville. Moving to Louisville with a three-year-old and 6-month-old twins was certainly a challenge. Kim continued to manage home life, while Todd worked part-time for an international church-planting ministry, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, as a professor’s assistant, an on-call hospice chaplain, a clerical temp, and a few other jobs mostly at the same time. It was during the first year in Louisville that Nicholas was diagnosed. Sadly, during their third year, Kim’s mother was killed in a car accident in South Florida. Life was throwing a lot of challenges in the mix. Two other changes took place during ’99 and ’00 when Todd took the full-time pastorate at Bethany Baptist Church and left the Ph.D. program switching to a DMin in Missions Leadership.
Todd served as pastor of Bethany for three years and the doctoral studies were put on hold. The most significant results during those years of ministry were the dozen or so people who committed to pursuing full-time missions. In 2002 God brought a new direction, which marked the fulfillment of a missions dream and opportunity to discover new ideas and pursuits in ministry. After mission trips to all but three continents over the years God opened the door for a new and exciting role in missions. Todd and Kim were blessed to serve as North American missionaries from 2002 to 2005. During those 3 ½ years he was the Missions Strategist for the Long Run Baptist Association. He also served at Sojourn Community Church as an Elder during much of that time.
In May 2005 a unique opportunity to serve the local church in an urban setting drew Todd to Walnut Street Baptist Church. He served as the Associate Pastor of Missions there until the church sent him out as a church planter. A strong desire to lead Walnut Street to re-engage in church planting ultimately led to a personal call to plant Antioch Church in the south end of Louisville.
The vision and early development for Antioch Church began in the spring of 2009 and led to a family move to south Louisville and the gathering of a number of families committed to reaching an amazing and diverse community. The neighborhood has around 80 people groups from around the globe and a rich heritage as a hard-working urban community. Family groups, in homes, began in the fall of ‘09 and weekly worship was launched in May 2010. God has been very gracious. Antioch has seen dozens of people come to Christ and give testimony through baptism, many from Muslim and Hindu backgrounds. Antioch now has four pastors giving service to the church, they are averaging over one hundred each Sunday in worship while sending about twenty percent of their congregation to the mission field. Antioch has also started New Breed Church in the west end, and Asha Church, reaching mostly Bhutanese-Nepali refugees. Todd says that Antioch has provided incredible joy with a true sense of gospel community among the committed family of believers. Antioch has provided genuine Christian family that thankfully will continue forever for the Robertsons.
What was originally planned as a short-term stay in Louisville has now turned into almost twenty years for the Robertson family. It is clear that God has far bigger plans for them here than they realized. Throughout his ministry years, Todd has always had a heart for and served in the local association. During his years in Louisville, he has volunteered, served a term as Moderator, and served on staff at LRBA. Over the last ten years, he has chaired the Church Planting Team. It’s clear that he loves this city and is committed to the work of the churches of this association. It is exciting to consider how God might use us as we come together to reach the people of Louisville for Christ.
The Long Run Baptist Association called Todd Robertson as Director of Missions in October 2016. He assumed his duties with LRBA on December 1st of that same year.
DR. JIM CARPENTER - INTERIM PROJECTS SPECIALIST
Dr. Carpenter (Jim) is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, having earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministries Degree. He was a pastor for almost 20 years before becoming the Associational Missionary for the Tri-County Baptist Association of Hedgeville, WV. In 2001 he became LRBA Church Development Strategist and served as Church Planting/Missions Strategist from 2004-2017. He retired from the full-time position of Church Planting/Missions Strategist in April 2017, and is currently serving part-time as LRBA's Interim Projects Specialist.
Jim's responsibilities are to facilitate the transition to and implementation of the strategic plan, A New Day of Impact, approved by LRBA in October 2012. He serves as a catalyst and resource for the churches of LRBA, assisting them to engage their local communities with the gospel and to actively partner in ministry opportunities in the Louisville Region.
He will provide leadership and assistance for the following projects:
- ‘Crossover’ Kentucky 2017
- Block Party trailers
- Evangelism Equipping emphasis
- Others that may be assigned by DOM
He also monitors and assists LRBA Ministry Partnerships
MRS. CAROLYN GREY - DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Carolyn has worked for the association since 1996. She is responsible for providing accurate financial and bookkeeping services for the association. She deals with accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She maintains the Revenue/Loss reports and Balance sheets. These reports are presented to the Finance Committee during their monthly meetings.