Rev. Joseph S. Girdler
Joseph S. Girdler
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Graduated – University of Kentucky, 1984 – with two Undergraduate Degrees:
(1) BA, Psychology (2) BA, Communications
Graduated – Asbury Theological Seminary, 1991 –
(1) MA, Missions & Evangelism
Dr. Renee Vannucci Girdler – June 7, 1986. Renee is the daughter of Assemblies of God pastors in eastern Kentucky. She is presently the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Louisville and Clinic Director. She was formerly the Director of Clinical Affairs and Vice- Chair of the Dept. of Family Practice at the University of Kentucky, having graduated from the Univ. of Kentucky Medical School with Honors. Renee has her specialty in Women’s Health and International Medicine. With an extensive background in ministry, she was honored by former A.G. General Superintendent Trask and former A.G. World Missions Executive Director Bueno by her selection to the World Missions Board of the Assemblies of God, being the first woman in Assemblies of God history to be appointed to that Board. Renee has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Central Bible College and Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Renee’s medical and missions travels/ministries have included, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, France, Spain, Mexico, South Africa. She was honored by Gen. Supt, George Wood, in receiving the General Superintendent’s Medal of Honor, the Fellowship’s highest honor for lay individuals in the Assemblies of God (received at General Council 2011, Phoenix, Arizona). Renee speaks to various Districts, Churches, Missions Services, Retreats and Women’s groups as her schedule so allows.
Born: Corbin, Kentucky, June 7, 1962
High School: Laurel County High School, London, Kentucky. Graduated top 25 of 423 graduates; President of Beta Club, Kentucky All-State Concert and Symphonic Bands
College: Graduate of the University of Kentucky, 1980-1984; 4 year Music Scholarship recipient (trpt), President UK Band, Vice-President Psi Chi, Mortar Board
Married: Dr. Renee V. Girdler
Children: Steven Joseph, born 1991, and Rachel Renee, born 1995.
Ordained: Assemblies of God, Kentucky District Council, 1994
Chi-Alpha Associates: Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 1987-1988
Associate Pastors: Music, Youth: King’s Way Assembly of God, Versailles, Kentucky, 1988-1992
Senior/Lead Pastor: King’s Way Assembly of God, Versailles, Kentucky, 1992-2004
District Missions Director/Secretary: Kentucky District Council, Crestwood, Kentucky, 1997-2005
District Superintendent: Kentucky District Council/Ministry Network, Crestwood, Kentucky, 2004-Present
“Pastor Joe” served as the Kentucky District Missions Secretary for 7 years, and served on staff and then pastored one of the great Kentucky Assemblies churches, King’s Way Assembly in the Lexington area for a total of 16 years, prior to his election as District Superintendent in 2004. A revitalization project, the King’s Way congregation overcame paramount obstacles when he took the pastorate, then underwent three building programs and grew to an average attendance of nearly 400 people, with annual Missions Giving of over $430,000.00 the last year of his pastorate (’03). The church was honored, of over 12,000 congregations, to achieve Top 100 status in the Assemblies of God World Missions Giving. Their ministry site of almost 40 acres and assets of nearly 4 million dollars at the time of his transition had become one of the strongest Assemblies of God congregations in the Kentucky District, baptizing new converts nearly every Sunday.
Radically born again while in college, Pastor Joe received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit shortly thereafter. He has an extensive background in music and in personal evangelism, and has a heart for student and campus ministries. He attributes as that of his most meaningful ministries to which he had privilege to help found, being The Nile Maternity Home, home for unwed mothers and their children, Versailles, Kentucky. He is firmly dedicated to the Assemblies of God and has often been described as visionary, a family man who enjoys his children, has a passion for missions and church planting, and carries a hunger to encourage pastors and ministers of the gospel. Pastor Joe and Renee both serve on numerous Boards throughout the Assemblies of God Fellowship. Of many global travels, his missions ministries have included: Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, England, Turkey, Bulgaria…