Meet the Executive Search Team

On June 8, the Executive Search Team began its work of selecting and calling a new Regional Minister to the Christian Church in Kentucky. Here are the members of the team who will be working on your behalf in this important task.

Kory Wilcoxson, Chair

Rev. Kory Wilcoxson serves as Senior Pastor at Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington. He is a D.Min. student at Lexington Theological Seminary and an M.Div. graduate of Christian Theological Seminary. He is married to Leigh; they have two daughters and two dogs. He is a runner and a Cincinnati Reds fan. Kory has served as Moderator of Region and the Council on Christian Unity. Most recently, Kory has been chairing the Restructure Committee for the Christian Church in Kentucky.

Syvoskia Pope, Moderator Team

Rev. Syvoskia Pope serves as Pastor at New Century Fellowship Christian Church in Louisville. She is a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary. She is a bi-vocational community leader for Louisville Metro Government, and she provides Community Economic Development services for entrepreneurs. She is also the owner of Exousia Financial, LLC. Syvoskia serves on several boards and committees of the Christian Church of Kentucky: regional board 1st Vice Moderator, Co-Convener of New Church Ministry, board member of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, and the Reconciliation Team.

Paul Jackson, Personnel Committee Chair

Paul Jackson is a lay leader at First Christian Church in Covington. Born into a devout Southern Baptist family, Paul changed his membership to Disciples of Christ when he met his wife Sheri. He retired from Procter & Gamble in June 2018 after 34 years of global supply chain work. Paul’s hobbies include golf and reading. He has served the Region on the Regional Board as Chair of Budget & Funds in a previous biennium in addition to his current service as Chair of the Personnel Committee.

Darrell Hayden

Rev. Darrell Hayden is the pastor of High Street Christian Church in Mount Sterling, where he has served for the past 23 years. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a major in Philosophy and Black Studies.  He is married to Jacqueline; they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Darrell has previously served as Moderator for the Christian Church In Kentucky and currently serves on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Laura Barkhauer

Laura Barkhauer is a member of Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville. She has been a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 25 years, and has served as an Elder, a Sunday School Teacher, a VBS leader, a Children’s Ministry member and chair. For many years she has served on the Christmount Council & Board, currently serving as the Moderator. She spends time volunteering in her community, currently with the American Cancer Society as chair of the local Relay For Life event. Laura is a licensed real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty Consultants. She is married to Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith & Giving of the Christian Church (DOC). They have three children & two grandsons.

Antonio Sherrill

Antonio Sherrill serves as a lay leader at Second Christian Church in Mayfield. He is a 5th grade teacher at Mayfield Middle School, where he has worked for the past 10 years. Antonio is the father to a son and a daughter. He is a candidate for Commissioned Ministry.

Linda Creason

Rev. Linda Creason is a member of First Christian Church in Paducah. She is married to David (63 years). They have three children, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She served as Office Manager at an outpatient radiology clinic for 35 years. At age 50, Linda went into ministry. She became a Commissioned Minister in December 2009. She ministered at Bardwell Christian Church for over 13 years. She then served as interim at Dawson Springs on two separate occasions for about 1 year each time. Linda still does pulpit supply in the West Area. She has served on the West Area Board and the state CWF Board.

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