Dr. John Birchett, Jr., is a Kentucky native and devoted Wildcats fan. He pastored four churches before being called to Second on May 19, 2019, and has been a part of extensive Southern Baptist work, with additional ministry and training.

Dr. Birchett is passionate about using his gifts of preaching, leadership, development, and conflict resolution to minister to his congregation and to see people reach greater levels of capacity for the Kingdom. He desires to lead God’s people to be a Christ-centered, compelling, cooperating, and compassionate church.

Dr. Birchett’s wife, Karen, speaks freely of her love of Jesus, her love for her family, and her love for her church. She is a passionate worker in the church, and she loves her calling as a Pastor’s wife. She has a contagious laugh and truly enjoys life. Pastor John and Karen have three children: Karis (10), Joshua (8), and Kirsten (2).



Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership
[2012] Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC

Master of Divinity
[2001] Beeson Divinity School
Birmingham, AL

Bachelor of Arts in Religion
[1997] Georgetown College
Georgetown, KY


Edgewood Baptist Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 
May 2015 to June 2019
Senior Pastor

Broadway Baptist Church 
Lexington, Kentucky
July 2008 to April 2015
Senior Pastor

New Friendship Baptist Church
Auburn, Kentucky 
January 2005 to June 2008
Senior Pastor

Siluria Baptist Church
Alabaster, Alabama 
April 2002 to December 2004