meet our Leadership

The leadership and staff at Cedar Creek is comprised of people who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Mike Pohlman

    Lead Pastor

    Mike joined the Cedar Creek family in April of 2017 as Lead Pastor. Mike is also Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he has been teaching since 2015. Prior to coming to Louisville, Kentucky he served as the Senior Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Bellingham, Washington. Prior to that he served as the executive editor for The Gospel Coalition and as an executive producer and editor for Salem Communications. In addition to his writing for The Gospel Coalition, he has written extensively for popular periodicals and websites such as Tabletalk magazine,, and Mike received his B.A. from the University of Washington, his M.Div. from Western Seminary, and his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Make sure to check in with Pastor Mike at his Blog. In one of his latest posts, he offers some of his hopes for Cedar Creek:


  • brad weldy

    Pastor of Administration & Adult Family Ministry

    Brad grew up in North Carolina and Florida. His floundering teen years focused on soccer and status, and he even had a prolonged interest in some-things political before his heart was truly captured for all-things Christ. He met the beautiful Lindsay Claire Thompson while teaching a Bible study in 2001—she just walked right in. Their friendship developed into something a wee bit more significant, and, voilà, they now have 5 lively children (Shep, Annie, Colt, Tate and Georgia Kate). Pastor Brad is a perpetual student—just ask his understanding wife (sigh)—who desires to see church members embrace the need for engaging both hearts and minds. His main areas of interest include discipleship, apologetics, and philosophy of religion. The latter two of which he gets the privilege to teach at Boyce College (as an adjunct professor). He also enjoys cycling (road) and mountain biking whenever time permits. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL (English); his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Apologetics from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


  • Jeremy Benge

    Pastor of Children's Ministry

    Jeremy has been serving as our Director of Children's Ministry since the summer of of 2010. Jeremy has served in a variety of roles since coming to Louisville as a college student. Cedar Creek has provided a happy home for this Detroit native - he attended, served, and even met his wife here. Jeremy is married to Michelle and shares life with his children Maddox, Lilly, Addison, Ella and Knox. Jeremy is creative, high energy, and has a passion to communicate the truths of the Gospel in a relevant fashion to kids. We're so grateful God has sent Jeremy and Michelle to Cedar Creek and that they've added their many talents and energies to the ministry here!




    Zach joined the Cedar Creek Family in February 2016. He has enjoyed nearly a decade serving in various student ministry capacities and has a passion for helping students feel connected to one another through their mutual affection and admiration of Christ. He is a PhD student at Southern Seminary. He also holds an M.Div. from Southern and a B.A. from Leavell College. His wife of five years, Morgan, is a graphic designer.

  • Josh Reed

    Director of Music Ministry

    Josh grew up in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Kutztown Pennsylvania in 2012, Josh had a change of direction and vision from being a music educator to a full-time minister of the gospel. This past year Josh worked as an intern at Camp Calvary, where he ministered alongside the camp staff to over 3,500 students a summer. Additionally, he traveled to various schools and churches to preach the gospel, as well as promote the camp. Recently in the Fall of 2014, Josh moved to Louisville to pursue his Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in Worship Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is involved with a traveling vocal ministry called Doxology and is excited to use the gifts God has given him to minister in that particular way. Josh is thankful and thrilled to be the new Worship Ministry Director at Cedar Creek. He hopes that he can be an encouragement to the people of Cedar Creek and point them to Christ in everything that he does. His desire is to biblically worship the Lord with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to lead His Church to do the same.



    Nursery/Preschool Coordinator

    Emily McMakin has been the Preschool/Nursery Coordinator since the fall of 2017. She has extensive experience working with children in many types of contexts and ministries, and has a passion for teaching our small “Cedar Creekers” the big things of God. Originally from beautiful Northern Ontario, Emily moved to Louisville with her husband, Conner, in the spring of 2014. They are now the proud parents of two young children. Emily considers it a true blessing to serve Cedar Creek in this role, and hopes to inspire others to live by Jesus' words in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.

  • Angela Wieland

    Ministry Assistant

    Angela Wieland has been serving as Cedar Creek's Ministry Assistant since March 2011. Having been a faithfully serving member for years, she was eager for the opportunity to serve the CCBC family and staff in this special way. She and her husband, Andrew, served faithfully in our Children's Ministry for years ... which was good preparation for their first child's arrival in 2011! In 2016 they welcomed their second daughter. We are grateful for Angela's hard work, love for the church, and her ability to keep the boys in the office flying straight!