Leadership

Staff

Randall Cofield serves as Director of Operations of Practical Shepherding. He has a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry there.  He also serves as a Church Revitalization Catalytic Consultant for The Louisville Regional Baptist Association. Randall has previously served as a pastor for over a decade. Randall is married to Cindy and they have three grown children.   

 

Brian Croft founded Practical Shepherding and serves as Ministry Development Director for the ministry. He is also the Senior Pastor at Auburndale Baptist Church and Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian is married to Cara and they have four children.

 

 

Sean Corser is Communications/ Tech Support Administrator for Practical Shepherding. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Central Oklahoma and recently graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as Student Associate for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at SBTS. Sean is married to Annie and they have one daughter.

 

 

Cara Croft serves as Director of Women’s Ministry of Practical Shepherding.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Christian counseling and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Counseling.  She is married to Brian and they have four children.

 

 

 

Kellye Carmack serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator of Practical Shepherding.  She also serves as the Women’s Ministry Director at Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, KY and has a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She is married to Craig.

 

 

John Barnett serves as the International Ministry and Development Director of Practical Shepherding.  He also serves as a trainer and consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention training leaders to minister to refugees.  He has a Master of Divinity from SBTS and served as an IMB missionary for over a decade.  He is married to Rebekah and they have two children.

 

 

Ivette Dreyer serves as the International Translation Coordinator of Practical Shepherding.  She is currently a student at Indiana University doing advanced language studies in Spanish and German.  

 

 

 

Board of Directors

Jim Savastio serves as President of the board. He has also served as the Pastor of The Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville for the last 24 years. He is married to Becky, and they have four children.

Brian Croft founded Practical Shepherding and serves as Ministry Development Director for the ministry. He is also the Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church and serves as the Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian is married to Cara, and they have four children

Dr. Matthew Spandler-Davison serves as Lead Pastor of Bardstown Christian Fellowship and Director of 20 Schemes. He received a Master’s of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Tracy and they have two daughters.

Dr. James Carroll serves as Senior Pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, KY. He has a Master’s of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Mikila and they have two children.

Stephen Iden serves as a pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church and has a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Amy and they have three children.

Taj Eaton serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, IN. He is married to Tonya and they have 4 children.

John Barnett served as a missionary in Africa for over a decade. He is now the Executive Director of Refuge, a ministry to Refugees in the city of Louisville and also has a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Rebecca and they have two children.

Jay Roy serves as Pastor of Throne of Grace Community Church and has a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Liz and they have two children.

Manie Dreyer is a consultant at Spencer Stuart, an Executive Search Firm. He is originally from South Africa and is married to Hilda and they have three children.

Starla Walker is a stay at home mother, a licensed massage therapist, and a member of Redeemer Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana where her husband, Brad, serves as the Lead Pastor. Together they have five children. She received her Master of Divinity in 2010 and has previously served as a Hospice Chaplain.

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