Brian Ebel – Lead Pastor
Brian and his wife Mandy are the founding and Lead Pastors of Revolution Church of Kentucky. Brian attended church regularly until later in high school. At the start of college, he began to question why be a part of a church and even more, why the need for Jesus at all. Brian met his wife Mandy during college and she began to reveal to him the Jesus he never knew and Jesus began a revolution in Brian’s life. By the end of his college years Brian and Mandy slowly began to attend churches of all kinds. Shortly after, Brian made a new commitment to be a follower of Jesus, asked Jesus to be his Lord, and began to experience God’s revolution in his life.
After college, Brian began a career in the business community. In the midst of his career, God called Brian to full time ministry for the purposes of teaching, leading, and renewal. After receiving this call, he and Mandy left their families and hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Asbury Theological Seminary and begin their ministry of serving churches and releasing God’s love and hope in the world. Brian and Mandy have served in ministry since 2002, and Brian is now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. They are excited to be planting a new church to help others experience God’s revolution in their lives.
Brian has a B.S.B.A. from Aquinas College, has studied in the M.B.A. program at Western Michigan University, has a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the London School of Theology and Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. Brian and Mandy have two children, Sarah Margaret and Luke. His favorite hobbies include golf, hockey, fishing, hunting, reading, movies, riding in the golf cart with Sarah Margaret and making super-manly growling noises with Luke.
Joni Way – Church Business Administrator
Joni brings 30 years of financial leadership to Revolution Church. Called to utilize her professional experiences in the local church, she began part-time studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and completed a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministries in 2011. A candidate for commissioning as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Joni serves as our financial administrator and treasurer, and faithfully serves in a variety of capacities where the Holy Spirit leads. A native Texan, Joni moved to Louisville in 2003. Her hobbies include reading and travel, and she enjoys sharing her interest in living out servant leadership and faith in the workplace.
Karen Garner – Children’s Pastor
Karen has joined the Revolution to be in ministry with the children; helping them to know, serve, love and grow in Christ. She grew up in the Episcopal Church in St. Louis, attending regularly with her family. The thought of attending Sunday School made her nauseous. It was boring, and the other children were not happy to be there either. Quite often she was the only one in her grade attending! As the Children’s Pastor at Revolution, she strives to show children that their walk with Jesus should be, and will be, FUN!
Karen serves children birth – 5th grade at Revolution. She seeks to provide safe, loving and nurturing care for children in the nursery. In her ministry with the “Little Peeps” and “Revolution Kids”, she strives to provide a strong Christ- centered foundation on which to grow, through learning basic Bible stories, as well as studying the same topic the adults are discussing. In studying the same material as their parents and siblings, the learning doesn’t have to end for them at church. Parents will be able to engage in conversation and discussion around the dinner table, and in other capacities at home, furthering their walk with Christ.
Karen studied Communications and Public Relations at the University of Kentucky. While there, she met her husband, Jason, a Facilities Engineering Manager with UPS Logistics Group. They have three amazing children; Katelyn, a sophomore at Eastern, Kelsey, a 7th grade student at Crosby, and Jack, in first grade at Hite Elementary. After staying home with the girls until Kelsey began kindergarten, Karen found God leading her into ministry with children. She spent 7 years in Children’s Ministry before joining the staff at Revolution. Her hobbies include running, cooking, shopping with her girls, date nights with Jason, fellowship with girlfriends, helping at the kids’ schools, the PTA, and family game time.
Darrell Pittman – Worship Pastor
Darrell has been actively involved in worship ministry from 11 years and in music for 25. An Eastern Kentucky native, his passion for music was discovered at an early age and developed over time by different musical influences and multiple genres. His musical passion merged with his newfound passion for Jesus in 1999 after a life changing experience in Abilene, Texas.
Since then, he has used his gifts to honor God and has been a student of worship. His experience in worship ministry has included different styles of worship and many different ages of worshippers. It is his prayer that he may be used as an instrument to revive the passion we each are created with to worship the Living God and to bring glory to his Son Jesus Christ.
Darrell is a graduate of Ferris State University and a student at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. He is married to Trish and they have three great kids Robbie, Theresa, and Dylan. His hobbies are martial arts, fitness, watching movies, and his favorite pastime is watching Dylan play basketball.
Adam Shelley – Youth Pastor
Adam grew up in the church. His specialty was testing his youth leaders’ commitment to Jesus and their jobs with his often unruly behavior. Upon hearing the news that Adam had become a Youth Pastor himself, many past youth workers laughed with delight at the ironic turn of events.
After high school, Adam joined the Army Reserve, earning him a one-year, an-all expenses paid trip to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon returning from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, Adam earned his BA in Philosophy from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. A few years after graduating college, Adam felt the call to attend seminary. While attending Asbury Seminary, he discovered his true vocation while reading Matthew 25: 31-46. Like a strike of lightening, Adam knew that his calling was to help the “least of these” in his own city. Confident in his calling, Adam left seminary at the end of the semester and enrolled in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville where he earned his Masters in Social Work.
In May of 2010 Adam was blessed to be married to his amazing wife, Shannon. They live in Louisville and have two awesome dogs. Adam is a clinical social worker and has worked with Louisville’s homeless population for the past 5 years. He is excited about the challenge of bringing young people to Jesus.