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Dr. Danny Russell, Pastor


Danny​​ grew up in Connersville, Indiana and was introduced to the Christian faith as a teenager. After professing his faith in Christ in 9th grade, Danny began sensing a calling into ministry. Danny continued his education at Georgetown College to pursue that calling; he graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Religion. Then, as a seminary student at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Danny began serving his first position at a church. He was the youth minister at Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.


After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, Danny became the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Sylva in Sylva, North Carolina.

As God continued to affirm Danny's calling into ministry, he accepted his pastoral calling as the pastor of Chadbourn Baptist Church in Chadbourn, North Carolina. During his first pastorate, Danny graduated from Portland Seminary at George Fox University with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Semiotics and Future Studies. 

In September 2019, Danny joined us at Culbertson Baptist Church as our pastor. Danny is married to Tammy, an intervention teacher, and they have two boys - Cayden and Colton.

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Mrs. Leslie Gabhart, Minister of Music and Worship


Leslie Gabhart is a long time member of Culbertson Baptist Church where she has spent most of her active years of membership serving God in the music ministry in some fashion. In addition, she has spent thirty- five years in the public school system teaching choral music to thousands of students. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in vocal music from Indiana University.


She has two wonderful sons, Brad and Jordan and two beautiful daughters-in-law, Katie Mae and Katie G, a grandson Landry and another grandson on the way. She recently married Scott Gabhart, and they reside in New Albany with two cats, Molly and Norman and two dogs, Bailey and Randall.


Leslie is blessed to work with an amazingly gifted and dedicated worship band and choir. She loves gathering, preparing and arranging the music for the worship services and spending time with her groups making the music come alive.

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Mrs. Jennifer Johanningsmeier, Accompanist

Jennifer came to our church in 2005 and quickly joined the staff as an accompanist. Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Bellarmine University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University Southeast in 2008. After working as an adjunct professor in the music program at Indiana University Southeast, she is now a 4th grade teacher at Jonathan Jennings Elementary School.


Jennifer still teaches an online class at IUS and teaches private music lessons. As a child, Jennifer’s grandmother was a church organist and included her in that work at several churches. Jennifer has several years of experience as a church accompanist, going back to her time in that role during her high school and college years. Currently, Jennifer is the keyboardist/flutist and often the pianist during the worship services.


Jennifer and her husband, Scott, have two children - Rachel and Becca. 

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Mr. Bill Gilbert, Business Manager

Bill grew up in New Albany, Indiana, becoming a Christian in his teens. He has been a member of Culbertson Baptist Church for over 50 years.

After high school, Bill attended Purdue University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Bill continued his education at the University of Louisville, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. Bill accepted the staff position of Business Manager in August 2004 and has held that position since that time.


Bill is married to his wife Sandy, and they have two sons.

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Mrs. Tonya Cockeril, Secretary


Tonya was born in Kentucky, and then in 1975, Tonya moved to Indiana to be closer to her mother (though she never thought she would be a Hoosier).


One day, Tonya's daughter asked what they were building on Grant Line Road, and Tonya told her a new church was being built. They decided to come visit the church and have been here since then. Not long after the church was built, the secretary retired. In 1989, Tonya was hired as the church's new secretary. Tonya made fast and really good friendships with everyone in the church and would not want to be anywhere else.

Tonya met her husband as children, and they have been together ever since. They have one daughter and some grandchildren.

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Mrs. Deena Henley, Custodian

Deena has attended Culbertson Baptist Church all of her life; her parents and grandparents were also members of Culbertson Baptist. She made her profession of faith at the age of 12 after attending Westport Christian Youth Camp. Deena has lived in New Albany, Indiana all of her life and graduated New Albany High School. She worked 10 years in the florist business, then began a career at Louisville Gas & Electric and retired after 34 years of employment. While working at LG&E she took a part-time position as the custodian of the church. She takes much pride in keeping Culbertson Baptist Church clean and tidy.