Get to Know Us

If you have recently moved to this area, or if you are looking for a church home, we invite you to consider Consolidated. You’ll find a church home where you can enjoy warm, friendly fellowship and a place to connect and grow through transforming relationships with God and others. Whatever your situation, we offer a safe place to ask questions and find answers.

Our Story

In 1884, the Rose Street Baptist Church was founded, and Reverend Alford Britten was her first pastor. In 1891, Macedonia Baptist Church purchased property in the same vicinity as Rose Street Baptist Church, and in 1895, the congregations of Rose Street Baptist and Macedonia Baptist agreed to merge. With the merger of the two churches, the congregation decided on the name Consolidated Baptist Church to symbolize their union. Following the merger of the two congregations, Consolidated held services on East Winslow Street in the building previously used by Macedonia Baptist Church. In 1922, the East Winslow Street property was sold to Kentucky State College (now the University of Kentucky), and property on South Upper Street was purchased.

In 1989, God blessed Consolidated with more than twelve acres of land that were purchased from the University of Kentucky, and in 2003, Consolidated moved into a new worship center at 1625 Russell Cave Road. In 2009, the facilities were expanded to include staff offices, a computer lab, a music room, a youth worship and discipleship area, a cafe’, and recreational facilities. With these additional resources, Consolidated has more ways to reach and to transform our neighborhood, the greater Lexington community, and the world.

Our Beliefs

The Bible consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired word of God and truthful in all that it affirms. It is the final authority for Christian faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:15 – 17, 2 Peter 1:19 – 21)
There is one true God who eternally exists as three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Distinct in relationship, the three persons of the trinity are fully God and are one in essence and purpose. God has revealed Himself to be the infinite personal Creator, who is sovereign over all things. (Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 1:9-11)
Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. Being both fully God and fully man; He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven to prepare a place for believers and to intercede on their behalf. (Matthew 1:18-23, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:9-11)
The Holy Spirit persuades us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. He lives in us, teaches us, equips us with spiritual gifts for effective ministry and empowers us to live, grow, and serve in obedience to God. (John 16:8-10, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-9)
Mankind was originally created in God’s image but being tempted by Satan, chose to sin and rebel against God. As a result of this fallen condition, God’s image has been marred and all men and women are born separated from God and in need of salvation. Through personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross, we are forgiven our sins, reborn by the Holy Spirit and restored into fellowship with God. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:9-13, Romans 5:8-12)
Satan is real and the archenemy of Christians.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ. (Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20)
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember His sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
Jesus Christ will physically return to earth to establish his eternal kingdom. He will judge the world, reward the saints and rule for all eternity. This is the blessed hope of the Church and its encouragement for perseverance in faith and ministry. Those who have been reborn in Christ will live with Him forever. (John 14:1-3, Matthew 24:29-31, Revelation 19:11-21)

Our Pastor

Pastor Gaines was born in Tyler, Texas, and he is the youngest of seven children. After graduating from high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.
After nearly ten years in Corporate America, Pastor Gaines acknowledged his call into the gospel ministry, and was licensed to preach at First Baptist Church of Chesterfield, Missouri. He was later ordained by First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, Kentucky. He received his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), and he is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at SBTS.
In 1996, God called Pastor Gaines to Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and he has faithfully served this congregation and the community. Because of God’s favor and Pastor Gaines’ heart for evangelism, Consolidated has experienced tremendous numerical growth – several of which are new converts. Likewise, Consolidated has experienced spiritual growth due to her renewed commitment to holiness and discipleship training. Additionally, staff members, ministries, and facilities have been added to allow the church to holistically minister to those inside and outside of the congregation.
Pastor Gaines is happily married to the former Sarah A. Barnett of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Kentucky. They have been blessed with one son, Micah Richard. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, a gifted musician, and a preacher of the Gospel.

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Meet Our Team

You’ll see a lot of different faces at Consolidated.
If you have questions, the people below would love to talk to you.

Richard Gaines

Senior Pastor

Who is Richard?

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Grilling
Favorite Food:
Triple Layer Pineapple Cake
Worst Advice Ever: “Follow your Heart”, I’ve learned to lead my heart!
Childhood Dream:
Becoming a Dallas Cowboy.

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Larry Sykes

Associate Pastor

Who is Larry?

Favorite Food as a Child:
Most Dreaded Chore:
Washing the Dishes
Least Favorite Mode of Transportation:
Childhood Career Goal:

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Antonio Allen

Youth & Young Adult Minister

Who is Antonio?

Most Played Song: "How Great is Our God" by Chance the Rapper
Worst Habit:
Biting My Finger Nails
Childhood Dream: Being a Sports Broadcaster
Sound I Love: Birds Chirping and Singing

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LaChele Taylor

Children's Ministry Leader

Who is LaChele?

Childhood Favorite Food:
Pepperoni pizza
Adult Favorite Food: Veggie pizza
What else? I absolutely hate dusting- it’s time consuming and the dust never stays away long enough.

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Chad Higgins

Music Director

Who is Chad?

Favorite Indoor/ Outdoor Activity: SLEEPING!
Least Favorite Mode of Transportation: Walking
Favorite Food:
Cinnamon Teddy Grahams.
What Else? I love the roar of military jets!

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Micah Gaines

Pastoral Assistant

Who is Micah?

Most Played Song: "Just Want You" Travis Greene
Favorite Activities:
Music, traveling, and reading
What else? During my Kindergarten graduation, my cap wouldn’t stay on my head to save my life.

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Elizabeth Lawson

Ministry Coordinator

Who is Elizabeth?

Hobby: Doing historical research, especially family histories.
Most played song:
“Father Jesus Spirit” Fred Hammond
What else?
I love the sound of drums.

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Eveline Woods

Ministry Coordinator

Who is Eveline?

Making Jewelry
Favorite Activity:
Attending Monster Trucks Rallies, working with and helping people
What Else? I hate drying clothes and dishes or putting them up or away

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Roz Welch

Communications Specialist

Who is Roz?

Fun Facts:
Stress Reliever: Cooking
Favorite Activity: Hanging with my God kids (oh the adventures we have)
What Else? I am an empty nester because all my kids (from my youth ministry years) are in college.

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