Steve Ayers is the founding and lead pastor of Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green. The church was formed in 1991 with 30 members. The congregation reported that 554 people were baptized in 2012. A native of Bowling Green, Ayers completed his undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University. He has a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and a doctorate from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He is an adjunct professor at Campbellsville University and in 2003 released his book, “Igniting Passion in Your Church.” Ayers and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.
Chuck McAlister is leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Evangelism, Church Planting & Collegiate Ministries Team, and founder of Promise of Hope Ministries. A pastor for more than 35 years, McAlister felt God’s call to full-time evangelism with the goal of equipping believers across the country to share their faith with boldness and creativity. He led by example, launching the cable-TV show, Adventure Bound Outdoors, which used hunting and other outdoor sports as a platform to share the gospel. It became the most popular show on the Outdoor Channel. An accomplished author, McAlister has penned several books and articles including Living in a Nation Under Judgment: What Really Happened on September 11, 2001?; “How to Transition an Established Church;” Gifted for Life’s Journey; Adventures in God’s Country; Choosing Your Way to a Great Marriage; Exposed; and he also served as the Outdoor Editor for Spirit Magazine, 2008.
Kevin L. Smith was called as teaching pastor for Highview Baptist Church in Louisville in 2013. He served previously as pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville. Currently, Smith is a doctoral candidate and assistant professor of preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. In 2006, Smith became the first African-American ever elected first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In addition to his work as a church planter and pastor, he has served on multiple mission teams in the Caribbean and Africa. Kevin and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 21 years and have five children.