Who We Are
Our Mission & Vision
Helping connect people to faith
At Bardstown United Methodist, our purpose is helping people find, follow, and be like Jesus. We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God’s incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Everyone is welcome to come worship with us and join us in fellowship and study of God’s Word.
For over 160 years this church has stood at the intersection of Flaget and 2nd Street in the center of Bardstown. Within this building, the people of God have experienced the pain of slavery, the devastation of fire and the brokenness of the human spirit. Yet the building has never fallen and the people have never faltered. This body of believers is made up of those who continue to serve and live into God’s promises of redemption. It is a centuries old story that we have chosen to live out on this corner. By His grace and by His love we will continue to touch the lives of our community for another 160 years!
What We Believe
We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God’s incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture witnesses to the redeeming love of God in Jesus’ life and teachings, his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence in history, his triumph over the powers of evil and death, and his promised return. Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, summons us to repentance, pardons us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal.
Our Devoted Staff
Phil Bradley, Senior Pastor (and wife Terri Bradley)
Phil Bradley has been our Senior Pastor since his appointment to Bardstown United Methodist Church in 2017. But that’s not the only “hat” he wears.
He is a:
- Disciple of Jesus Christ
- Husband (married to Terri for almost 45 years)
- Father (of two grown children)
- Father-in-Law (of one daughter-in-law)
- Grandfather (of one BEAUTIFUL granddaughter)
- Son (whose mother’s in a nursing home here in Bardstown)
- Brother (sister in Alabama)
- Kentucky Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry member and Covenant Team 3 Leader
- Bluegrass District Committee on Ordained Ministry
- Bardstown Police Department Chaplain
- Burden Bearers Chaplains Response Team Leader
- Bethany Haven Board and Street Outreach Committee member
What keeps him going is seeing people find, follow and be like Jesus! “I believe this is done best by sharing life together in an accountable discipleship group. That is where the Bible can be applied to our lives and life change can take place.”
Tommy & Patricia House
Tommy leads the New Awakening Service which meets at the open air chapel (in the warm months) located at 5100 Louisville Rd. in Bardstown. Tommy’s love for Jesus and his passion for motorcycles has led to some incredible ministries such as The Blessings of the Bikes and Christmas Blessings of Nelson County. He’s been married to his wife Patricia for 35+ yrs. They have two grown children Alex and Bailey. Tommy truly lives out the mission of New Awakening Service which says we are “a place of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness…. Come getcha some.” Tommy works as a truck driver, but any time he’s not working and can steal a minute he’s on his bike which is adorned and tagged as the beloved Miss Ruby.
Gary Vidito, Sanctuary Choir Director, Traditional Service Music Leader
Gary received his Church Music Degree from Campbellsville University and also attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Gary has two children; Marc who lives with is wife and two children in Marietta Georgia, and Julia with three children who lives in Shelbyville KY. Both Marc and Julia are musicians and songwriters.
Gary has been a professional entertainer for over 40 years, and is the banjo/guitar player for The Stephen Foster Story. He has been with that organization for 44 years.
Gary is a songwriter, and playwright with several shows to his credit including a show called “WWI: A Survivor’s Story” and a program about successful aging called “I’m Not Done Yet!” Gary believes that God has a purpose for each of us until the day we die, and that, only we can fulfill that purpose as God leads.
John is the Praise Team Director at the Contemporary Worship Service each Sunday at 9:02 a.m. He has been a part of Church praise teams for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoys serving in that capacity. He joined the praise team at BUMC in 2016 as a bass guitarist and transitioned to the Praise Team Director in 2022. John is originally from Salyersville, KY and remembers vividly watching his grandfather lead worship in church every Sunday. He moved to Bardstown in 1998.
John is married to Laura and they have four adult sons and one grandson. He enjoys playing all genres of music with friends and enjoying the outdoors while hunting or walking the beaches with Laura. In addition to his role at BUMC, he continues to work in his corporate accounting profession in Louisville.
Who is Steven? He is Organist for the 11am Traditional Service. He started playing organ in church at 13, graduated from Campbellsville University with a Music Education degree with Organ Emphasis (one of the few or only person to have organ as their instrument with a Music Education from CU). He has won the MTNA young artist organ competition in college and has participated in master classes with organists from around the world. He was born and raised in Bardstown with most of his family still in the area. He is involved in the local piano festival and serves as Vice-President for the Kentucky Federation of Music Clubs, becoming President in 2023.
Melissa Morris, Administrative Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Janice Smotherman, Pianist
Bio coming soon!