Our Pastors


CJC.J. Mahaney 

C.J. serves as the Senior Pastor for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has authored several books, some of which you'll find on our resources page. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. C.J. cheers for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, and University of Maryland basketball, and he cheers against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, and Duke basketball.
 

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Brian Chesemore

Brian has served in pastoral ministry since 2003, and serves currently as a full-time pastor for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, overseeing many of the day to day activities of the church. He is married to Kristin and they have three sons and one daughter.

 
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Bob Kauflin 

Bob oversees the music of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville and helps provide pastoral care. His full time job is serving as the Director of Sovereign Grace Music. Bob and his wife, Julie, have four daughters, two sons, and an ever growing number of grandchildren.

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Jeff Purswell 

Jeff serves the church through preaching and helping C.J. oversee the teaching diet of the church, along with pastoral care. Jeff is the Dean of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons.

 

GaryGary Ricucci

Drawing on over 40 years of experience, Gary serves SGCL primarily through pastoral care. He also serves as Director of Student Care for the men in the SG Pastors College. He is married to Betsy and they have two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren. This is the second church Gary has planted with C.J. Gary & Betsy are Colonial Williamsburg and Walt Disney World enthusiasts (but not exactly in that order!). 

 

SteveSteve Whitacre

Steve serves the singles of Sovereign Grace Church and oversees Sunday classes. He pastored in Virginia for ten years before moving his family to Louisville to continue his theological education. He is currently working on a PhD in biblical theology and joined this pastoral team in 2018. Steve and his wife Nicole have four children.  

 

TysonTyson Ziegler

Tyson is passionate about seeing people live in the good of the gospel. So it gives him incredible joy to serve primarily with counseling  and discipleship ministries in our church.  After having served as a pastor in Northern Kentucky for four years, he along with his wife Debbie, and their four children moved to Louisville in 2015. He graduated with his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in 2017 and was ordained as a Pastor in 2018.