Meet the Staff

Sam Long – Senior Minister

I grew up in Louisville and Lexington until I was nine years old and then moved to Michigan for the rest of my formative years. When I graduated high school I stayed in Michigan and attended Great Lakes Christian College. It was there that I met Carrie–my wonderful wife of 14 years.

I graduated with a Bachelors of Religious Education in Bible Teaching and Theology from Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI. My wife and I then moved to East Tennessee where I received a Masters of Divinity degree with Old and New Testament Concentration from Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee. In the fall of 2008 I entered into a doctoral program at Asbury Theological Seminary to pursue a PhD in Biblical Studies with a focus on Old Testament Theology and am currently working on my dissertation.

My wife and I are the proud parents of a son, Elijah Samuel and a daughter, Sophia Caris.  Both were born in the month of August, thankfully two years apart. Elijah is 11 and in fifth grade while Sophia is 9 and in third grade.

My interests are somewhat diverse from sports to music to computers.  I love playing with my children and watching them experience the great big world around them.


April Bullins – Youth Minister

I’m from Richmond, KY. I’m a graduate from Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministry. I enjoy playing fetch with my dog, reading and spending time with my family.





Mary Ginter – Secretary63C

I have lived in Lexington all of my life.  I attended Athens School through the ninth grade and graduated from Bryan Station High School. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jim, for 51 years.  We were blessed with three children–Jim Jr., Steve and Susan.  We are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

I have attended Athens Christian Church the majority of my life. I teach Sunday School, work in VBS and have been an active member of the Dorcas Circle for over 40 years.  After retirement in 2008, I became the church secretary.

My interests are traveling, reading, crossword puzzles and spoiling my grandchildren.