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Senior Pastor: Dr. Stanley Kilgore

Dr. Stanley Kilgore was called to pastor Center Grove Baptist Church in March 2009. Before coming to Center Grove, he served as Senior Pastor at North Gardendale Baptist Church for 21 years. Throughout those years, the church experienced both numerical and spiritual growth. Such growth included the launch of a radio and television ministry and the establishment of a weekly jail ministry, as well as monthly services at a drug and alcohol recovery center.  

Bro. Stanley has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (1994), a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (1999), and a Doctor of Religious Studies (2007). Following Jesus' command in Matthew 28:19-20, he has led many international mission trips over the past 20 years. Bro. Stanley has been deeply involved in equipping the Maya and Ket'chi national pastors of Central America in pastoral ministry, and he is presently training Indian church leaders on how to conduct and facilitate Vacation Bible School. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 38 years. She has been involved in both his pastoral ministry and his mission work throughout their marriage. 

Bro. Stanley places great emphasis on expository preaching, biblical discipleship, and local, regional, national, and global missions. Throughout his preaching and teaching ministry, many young men and women have committed themselves to the work and ministry of Christ.

His purpose statement is summed up in one brief paragraph: "To love others unconditionally (Matt.22:37-40), to live righteously before God (Dan.1:8), and to be flexible enough in ministry to reach out and minister to every segment of society (1Cor.9:19-23) as I do my part to fulfill the Great Commission of our "Lord" (Matt.28:19-20).